The programme aims to provide an educational setting in which to develop the ability to initiate and lead the holistic and integrated process of design, construction, and life-cycle management through the medium of BIM, centred on the collaborative and multi-disciplinary building design process. It will provide experienced built environment professionals and recent Level 8 graduates with an additional skill set centred on Building Information Modelling & Management, which will enable employment as BIM professionals in building design practices and the construction industry.
This is a multidisciplinary specialisation programme to enable graduates of a range of Engineering and Built Environment disciplines to acquire a qualification in applied Building Information Modelling & Management at Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters levels. The programme is managed in the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies (SMDT) but is delivered by the complete range of domain-specific BIM experts from across the schools of the College of Engineering and Built Environment. An intake of 60 students across the disciplines of architecture, engineering, surveying (quantity and geomatics), architectural technology, construction management and facilities management is planned, thus creating an industry-replicating, multidisciplinary environment.
Who Should Apply?
The programme is open to graduates of building design and construction-related programmes, including architects, engineers, surveyors (quantity, geomatics and property), architectural technologists, construction managers and facilities managers. Graduates of related discipline areas with appropriate experience are encouraged to apply.
Entry Requirements:An NFQ level 8 Bachelor Degree with 2.2 award or equivalent, or a level 7 ordinary degree plus 5 years relevant experience. Applicants are required to produce evidence of the minimum English language proficiency requirement for overseas applicants i.e. a minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS or equivalent.
The MSc in Applied Building Information Modelling and Management is a unique NFQ level 9 programme in Ireland and the approach to MSc-level education is distinctive in relation to programmes available internationally. The demand for professionals skilled in the application of Building Information Modelling technologies and for the management of Building Information Modelling processes is very strong both nationally and internationally. It underpins the needs of a wide range of disciplines in the Built Environment and Engineering for professionals skilled in collaborative design, build, and management processes. It is expected that graduates of the programme will find employment both within their own disciplines and in emerging collaborative careers as BIM processes become more widely adopted.
The domains of application of Applied Building Information Modelling and Management relevant to this programme include:
- Architecture & Architectural Technology
- Construction Management and Technology
- Engineering: Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Building Services, and associated
- Surveying: Quantity and Property
This programme prepares the graduate to act at wide, and possibly unpredictable, professional levels and within ill-defined contexts in positions of leadership in the area of Building Information Modelling and Management.
The programme is seeking accreditation from the following professional bodies:
• Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
• Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
• Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES)
• Engineers Ireland
• Irish Institution of Surveyors (IIS)
• Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI)
• Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI)/Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Domain Specific Streams (15 credits)
BIM Architecture: 1 Primary Building Elements; 2 Secondary Building Elements; 3 Tertiary Building Elements
BIM Surveying & Construction Management: 1 Introduction to BIM for Construction Managers; 2 Introduction to BIM for Cost and Value Management; 3: Advanced BIM for Construction and Project Management
BIM Mechanical & Electrical Engineering: 1 & 2 Mechanical & Electrical; 3 Appraisal & Validation of Dynamic Simulation Modelling (DSM)
BIM Geomatics Engineering: 1 Point Cloud Science; 2 Systems and Practise 2; 3 Scan2BIM2Field
Theory and Practice of Building Information Modelling & Management
Federated BIM Model
Collaborative BIM Process
Multidisciplinary BIM Project
Cross-Domain options: BIM Architecture; or BIM Surveying and Construction Management; or BIM Electrical & Mechanical Engineering; or Geomatics Engineering
BIM 4 Business options: BIM Execution Planning and Project Protocols; or Sustainable BIM Design and Construction; or Understanding Data Set Management and BIM
There will be a varied and flexible delivery of the programme including lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, project work, e-learning, problem-based learning, guest lectures, seminars, etc. Students are expected to actively contribute to their own learning and the use of online access to software outside of scheduled class times is essential.
Calendar - Part-time mode
September to December: Three sequential, stream specific modules – two evenings per week (18:00-21:00, days tbc)
January to May: Two modules delivered in 4-week contact blocks; one module delivered distributed over the full semester – two evenings per week (18:00-21:00, days tbc)
September to December: One module delivered online; one module delivered over 8-week contact block – two evenings per week (18:00-21:00, days tbc)
January to May: One module delivered for 12 contact weeks; one module delivered over 8 weeks – two evenings per week (18:00-21:00, days tbc)
June to October or September to December: Capstone Experience
The programme is assessed through a range of techniques including: project work, team work, individual assignments, reflective writing, and oral and studio-style presentations. In addition, students of the MSc will be expected to complete a capstone experience.
Timetable / Hours
In part-time mode, contact hours will be scheduled for two evenings (exact days tbc) per week from 18:00-21:00. Students are expected to complete the self-learning hours required of each module, during the timetabled period, through individual and team-based activities facilitated by the online, collaborative resources provided by the programme committee.
An MSc in Applied Building Information Modelling & Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology will be awarded to participants who also successfully pass the capstone experience after completion of the taught elements of the programme.
Students who do not wish to, or are unable to, complete the research skills and capstone experience modules, having completed all of the taught modules, are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Collaborative BIM.
Students who do not wish to, or are unable to, complete more than the first 30 credits of taught modules of the programme are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in BIM Technologies.
Students who exit with the Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate awards may apply to return and complete further stages of the programme in a subsequent academic year, subject to availability and the return of the award documentation.
For Further Information
Dr Avril Behan FIS MRSPSoc
School of Multidisciplinary Technologies
College of Engineering & Built Environment
DIT Bolton Street,
T: =353.(0)1.402 4093
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get further information about contents and fees for BIM programmes at MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate levels?
See www.dit.ie/bim and Twitter: BIM@DIT
Can I take individual modules?
Currently the BIM Architecture (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Building Elements), Point Cloud Science, Systems & Practice 2, and Geospatial Engineering for BIM module have been validated for independent delivery. The remaining modules on the programme will be validated for independent delivery at the next available opportunity. See www.dit.ie/bim for updates.
Applications are invited for all individual modules and will be considered prior to the beginning of each Semester with places being allocated on the basis of available space and candidate suitability.
Is it possible to complete the programme on a full-time basis?
Not for 2014/2015. However, depending on demand, the School will review the option of delivering the programme in full-time mode for a January 2015 intake or for the next academic year.
I have already taken DIT’s CPD Diploma in BIM Technologies or Collaborative BIM, can I apply for the MSc programme and can I gain exemptions from modules?
Yes, on both counts. Please see www.dit.ie/bim or contact the programme co-ordinator for detailed information.
On what days will the programme be delivered?
As soon as resourcing decisions have been made, the days of delivery will be published on www.dit.ie/bim
I have trained as an architectural technologist but am working with a mechanical engineering contractor, which stream can I take?
We recommend that you contact the programme co-ordinator to discuss your specific needs and experience.
For information on postgradute fees, please see the following link: Fees and Funding
For other exit awards see www.dit.ie/bim