BSc (Hons) in BIM (Digital Construction) (2021 BSc (Hons) in BIM)

TU Dublin (TU174)
Key Programme Details
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BSc (Hons) in BIM (Digital Construction)

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

School of Multidisciplinary Technologies

General Information
Contact

Avril Behan/ Jane Cullen

Email

bim@tudublin.ie

Phone

01-402 4014

Address

School of Multidisciplinary Technologies, Bolton Street, Dublin 1

Role

Acting Programme Co-ordinator / School Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

20/07/2020

Start Date

25/01/2021

End Date

31/01/2022

About this Course

The BSc (Hons) in BIM (Digital Construction) is a one-year part-time re-skilling programme which addresses a significant market deficit for construction professionals by providing them with the ability to use BIM technologies in discipline-specific modelling and multidisciplinary coordination contexts. It is intended for graduates of level 7 programmes in built environment disciplines and aims to upskill or facilitate a return to employment for individuals who are not yet experienced in the new construction paradigm of co-ordinated BIM. It also enables technicians in a variety of Construction areas to adapt to new skill requirements and to change career direction to take advantage of new opportunities.

The programme is set at Level 8 in the National Framework of Qualifications and provides graduates of building and infrastructure design and construction-related programmes with a safe, educational setting in which to develop an ability to use BIM technologies for design, construction and coordination.

There is a strong focus on improving the productivity of the construction sector through better multidisciplinary co-ordination, through digital transformation, and through the application of Lean principles including fully utilising people's talents, skills & knowledge, and reducing waste from defects, overproduction, transportation, motion, over-processing, and unnecessary waiting times. Students undertake a significant amount of learning with discipline-specific colleagues before moving into a multidisciplinary environment to engage in model co-ordination between professionals.

This programme leads to employment with specialist contractors, general contractors, professional practices, and consultants from multiple disciplines. Over 95% of our graduates from the sister level 9 programme have either gained relevant employment or have gained promotion within their respective organisations. The commencement of the Irish government's BIM mandate in Quarter1 of 2019 means that demand for the skills taught in this programme is very high. The programme teaches market-leading software (including Autodesk Revit & Navisworks)

Objectives

At the end of the programme learners will be able to:

Create discipline-specific BIM models utilising industry-leading software and relevant standards.
Utilise appropriate BIM standards and guidance materials within appropriate workflows.
Co-ordinate BIM models between disciplines.
Determine effectiveness of processes & standards associated with BIM co-ordination.
Exploit BIM models for a range of co-ordination-, cost-, energy-, and design-related task and validate the outcomes.
Define the requirements for low energy building construction and interpret the outcomes of decisions around building materials and methods.
Evaluate the utilisation a range of digital and cloud-based technologies and tools to support multidisciplinary co-ordination and workflows.

Through optional modules, some learners will also be able to:
Create BIM objects (families);
Utilise BIM modelling software for the achievement of energy targets;
Evaluate the incorporation of other information sources into BIM models, e.g. point clouds, existing building surveys, and facilities management information.

Entry Requirements

Level 7 qualification or equivalent in a relevant discipline

Level 6 craft apprenticeship qualification or equivalent in a relevant disipline plus 5 years of relevant experience (to be proven via submission of a detailed CV). Candidates may also be required to undertake an interview or portfolio assessment to assess their suitability and eligibility.

Non-native English speakers will be required to produce evidence of their English capabilities according to TU Dublin's English Language Requirements policies: http://www.dit.ie/studyatdit/undergraduate/entryrequirements/englishlanguagerequirements/

In exceptional cases, English language assessments may be possible.

Long Description

The BSc (Hons) in BIM (Digital Construction) is a one-year part-time re-skilling programme which addresses a significant market deficit for construction professionals by providing them with the ability to use BIM technologies in discipline-specific modelling and multidisciplinary coordination contexts. It is intended for graduates of level 7 programmes in built environment disciplines and aims to upskill or facilitate a return to employment for individuals who are not yet experienced in the new construction paradigm of co-ordinated BIM. It also enables technicians in a variety of Construction areas to adapt to new skill requirements and to change career direction to take advantage of new opportunities.

The programme is set at Level 8 in the National Framework of Qualifications and provides graduates of building and infrastructure design and construction-related programmes with a safe, educational setting in which to develop an ability to use BIM technologies for design, construction and coordination.

There is a strong focus on improving the productivity of the construction sector through better multidisciplinary co-ordination, through digital transformation, and through the application of Lean principles including fully utilising people's talents, skills & knowledge, and reducing waste from defects, overproduction, transportation, motion, over-processing, and unnecessary waiting times. Students undertake a significant amount of learning with discipline-specific colleagues before moving into a multidisciplinary environment to engage in model co-ordination between professionals.

This programme leads to employment with specialist contractors, general contractors, professional practices, and consultants from multiple disciplines. Over 95% of our graduates from the sister level 9 programme have either gained relevant employment or have gained promotion within their respective organisations. The commencement of the Irish government's BIM mandate in Quarter1 of 2019 means that demand for the skills taught in this programme is very high. The programme teaches market-leading software (including Autodesk Revit & Navisworks)

Why Choose This Course

The BSc (Hons) in BIM (Digital Construction) will equip you with skills that are in high demand in industry across areas of design, consultancy, and contracting in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) sector.

A search of Irish BIM jobs on LinkedIn at presents shows 488 results with almost 300 of these at entry or early stage level; these skills are also in high demand globally. Thus, this programme will enable you to find or improve your employment either in Ireland or abroad.

The programme is now delivered in ~90% online format with face-to-face sessions directly supporting peer-to-peer interaction and technology enabling activities.

This programme is delivered by the same award-winning team who have operated TU Dublin's MSc in applied Building Information Management / Postgraduate Diploma in Collaborative BIM / Postgraduate Certificate in BIM Technologies for the last 6 years. This team brings together expertise from across Ireland's first Technological University, which has the broadest range of AEC-related teaching in the country from level 6 apprenticeships to doctoral level.

Graduates of TU Dublin's BIM programmes find employment across Ireland's top 10 and top 50 construction companies, with SMEs, and the public sector.

Career Opportunities

This programme leads to employment with specialist contractors, general contractors, professional practices, and consultants from multiple disciplines in roles such as BIM Technician, BIM Modeller, and BIM Co-ordinator.

At present all of these roles are in extremely high demand in Ireland and abroad.

The Irish Jobs 2020 Salary Survey shows BIM Co-ordinators as earning between €40-65K (https://www.irishjobs.ie/careeradvice/2020-construction-salaries/)

Timetable Info

Friday afternoons plus 1-2 evenings per week depending on the stream selected; streams are based on discipline groupings

Delivery Location

Bolton Street campus (limited ~10% envisaged due to COVID-19 although this may increase as restrictions in Ireland change)
Virtual - using the Brightspace VLE plus Autodesk BIM 360

Delivery Notes

Blended - due to COVID-19, this programme will be delivered via mostly virtual methods with some face-to-face session (when safety can be guaranteed) to ensure that:

1. student technology is appropriately set up;
2. students are familiar with learning, teaching and assessment methods; and
3. the learning community is established and functioning well.

Because of the move to increased virtual delivery, students will be required to own or have significant access to a PC or laptop that meets the specifications identified for Revit 2021 - Value
https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/learn-explore/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-Autodesk-Revit-2021-products.html

Students will experience difficulty completing all elements of the programme if they have a PC/laptop with any lower specification.
Discounts for IT purchases are available to registered students via: https://www.heanet.ie/store

TU Dublin is also examining the option of providing Software-as-as-Service options for student but the demands of this programme are such that a non-cloud-based solution is recommended for better performance (even if TU Dublin implements SaaS).

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lauren Brown

Address

Rathdown House,
Room RD002,
Grangegorman Lower,
Dublin,
D07 X8R6

Phone

(01) 402 3445

Email

springboard.city@tudublin.ie

RPL Information

RPL information is available at: https://tudublin.ie/study/part-time/how-to-apply/recognition-of-prior-learning/

Application Procedures

All applications must be made via this springboardcourses.ie website

All accompanying documentation must be submitted at the time of application. Failure to supply all required materials will disqualify candidates from consideration.

Please read all requirements carefully.

Media
BSc (Hons) in BIM (Digital Construction) at TU Dublin

Programme handbook contain full information about the programme, its structure, options, outcomes, resources & facilities; the link is to the current 2020 version but will be updated shortly for the cohort commencing in January 2021

https://sites.google.com/a/dit.ie/handbook-of-the-bsc-hons-in-bim-at-tu-dublin-2020/