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SSUD70-301: Foundations of Intelligent Construction (OpenBIM)


This introductory subject addresses the core principles of BIM, Lean Construction and Integrated Project Delivery. It is taught in a highly interactive environment and covers BIM principles in a manner which equips students to sit for the buildingSMART International endorsed individual assessment of knowledge based BIM learning and introduces students to the key principles of Lean Construction and of Integrated Project Delivery. A brief introduction to the BIM framework adopted by buildingSMART Australasia is also presented during this subject.

This subject has been designed as a micro-credentialed course for the benefit of industry professionals.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2021 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2021 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2021 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • January 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Current: $2,705
  • Commencing in May 2021: $2,785

Learning outcomes

1. Define BIM, describe the drivers that led to the development of BIM, and explain the potential benefits to an organisation in adopting BIM.
2. Define what constitutes an Information Model, define key BIM terminology and identify BIM maturity levels.
3. Describe the advantages of BIM/Lean/IPD compared with traditional project delivery models, including the effects of autocratic information management compared with the benefits of collaborative models and the benefits of BIM/Lean/IPD to industry professionals, clients and facilities managers.
4. Describe the project information development cycle, with emphasis on specification, production, exchange and maintenance of project information, including Clear definition of requirements and the importance of consistent information exchanges; the need of the supply chain to agree a BIM execution plan and the benefits of an collaborative information exchange platform; Clearly defined information supply and management responsibilities; BIM and the project life cycle – using BIM technology to consider facilities management as an important factor in design decisions.
5. Explain the necessity for open and interoperable solutions, with emphasis on adopting openBIM as opposed to using propriety products and systems and what Model View Definitions (MVDs), Information Delivery Manuals (IDMs), buildingSmart Data Dictionaries (bSDD) and open BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) are, and the benefits they provide.
6. Identify an organisations capability of working with BIM/Lean/IPD and the factors that define organisational BIM/Lean/IPD maturity. Principles of evaluating the readiness (concerns and benefits) of specific organisations for adopting BIM/Lean/IPD.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start12/10/2020
Cancellation 1?12/10/2020
Cancellation 2?13/10/2020
Last enrolment11/10/2020
Withdraw – Financial?14/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?16/10/2020
Teaching census?13/10/2020
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start15/02/2021
Cancellation 1?24/02/2021
Cancellation 2?26/02/2021
Last enrolment22/02/2021
Withdraw – Financial?04/03/2021
Withdraw – Academic?14/03/2021
Teaching census?03/03/2021