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Studies in Building Information Modeling

Number: ECO 620
Credits: 3
Format: In person, Online, UWW (CPE), Amherst

Semester: Spring
Meeting Times: Mon/Wed 9:30-11:00
Room: Olver Design Building 260

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Alexander Schreyer,
M.A.Sc., Dipl.-Ing.

Senior Lecturer and BCT Program Director

Office: Olver Design Building 318
Phone: +1 (413) 545-1976

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Course Description

This course provides graduate students with an opportunity to deepen their studies in Building Information Modeling (BIM). In addition to learning about concepts from BCT 420 (enhanced 3D modeling skills and an introduction into Autodesk Revit and SketchUp), students in ECO 620 must independently research various BIM-related topics, present and use them. Students are required to complete an in-depth term project in which they explore advanced BIM topics like building energy modeling, estimating and scheduling, parametric modeling and the like.

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Pre-requisite: BCT 320 or similar CAD/BIM experience.

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Learning Goals

  • Ability to work in a 3-dimensional CAD / BIM enviroment and create 3D models of construction assemblies and buildings.
  • Ability to create a parametric building information model (“BIM” = a 3d object-oriented model of a building where each component has “intelligent” behaviors and embedded data) and extract data. This approach facilitates the creation of construction documents (plans, elevations etc.), material takeoffs and building schedules as well as performance (e.g. building energy) analysis.
  • Ability to use CAD-based tools to solve technical issues (fabrication, energy efficiency, lighting, structural etc.) during the planning process.
  • Understanding of Autodesk Revit as an example of a parametric BIM building modeling software and Trimble SketchUp as an example of a general purpose 3D modeling tool.
  • Knowledge of options to work collaboratively on Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) projects.
  • Knowledge of advanced CAD/BIM principles: Interoperability, software extensions, scripting/automation, texturing/rendering, workflow methods and others.


Same as BCT 420

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