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ARCH71-139: Digital Design and Intelligent Construction


This subject introduces the evolving trends and technologies that are challenging the traditional methods that constitute architectural and construction practices. Through a combination of lectures, workshops, guest speakers, field visits, and case studies, this subject will facilitate critical thinking about how emerging technologies can be meaningfully deployed in the built environment industries. Case studies of international firms and projects that exemplify new approaches shall be highlighted and examined. Principles and concepts to be introduced include information modelling, lean production, products of service, life cycle analysis, technical nutrients, embodied energy, off-site manufacturing, design for manufacture, blockchains, digital twins, mass customisation, and augmented reality.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2020 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $5,140
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,400

Learning outcomes

1. Understand the different types and classifications of information systems and fundamentals of data modelling management and information extraction.
2. Analyse predominant procurement methods for construction and evaluate the factors and opportunities to implement new procurement methods.
3. Assess and explain how stakeholder values in the lifespan of a project are transferred and translated.
4. Apply and carry out basic operations of digital fabrication and computer aided assembly processes as they might be used in actual application in construction.
5. Construct and compose graphic and written interpretation of cutting-edge industry exemplars.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

General understanding of construction procurement strategies and awareness of conventional construction systems.

Restrictions: ?


Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens10/11/2019
Semester start13/01/2020
Subject start13/01/2020
Cancellation 1?27/01/2020
Cancellation 2?03/02/2020
Last enrolment26/01/2020
Withdraw – Financial?08/02/2020
Withdraw – Academic?29/02/2020
Teaching census?07/02/2020
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020