ITU PCM – BIM Course Syllabus

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Project and Construction Management –
Istanbul Technical University . 
Department of Architecture 

1. Description:

Building Information Modeling (BIM) proposes a relatively new approach of designing, documenting, constructing and even maintaining buildings. It has a significant impact on most business processes taking place in building firms. BIM constitutes an integrated model within which all graphic and non-graphic data for all the elements of a building are embedded. Architects and other building professionals work with this 3D model from the schematic design to construction document phases. While informing students about the theoretical background of BIM, the technologies and standards involved with it, this course will investigate the implementation of BIM in various design, construction and facility management firms in collaborative settings.

2. Objectives:

  • To present the conceptual framework and technologies associated with Building Information Modeling
  • To illustrate differences between geometric and building information modeling
  • To introduce the use of BIM in all stages of a project’s life cycle.
  • To present the importance of effective collaboration in building firms, the need for data exchange standards and interoperability between various software applications
  • To introduce the changes in business processes  in building firms due to BIM

3.Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand the relationship between BIM and sustainability.
  • To gain a hands-on experience with BIM software
  • To learn the multi-disciplinary nature of building projects and contemporary methods for facilitating project management and communication in project participants
  • To understand data export methods between BIM and software for performance data analysis and learn the working principles of performative design
  • To be able to map and model business processes taking place in architectural/construction firms
  • To learn how to collect qualitative data through interview techniques, analyze it and produce a case study.


There will be weekly seminars dealing with various topics related to Building Information Modeling. These seminars will be enriched with reading materials around which class discussion will take place. When relevant, guest speakers will also be invited to contribute with their professional and/or academic views on the subject.

5. The Requirement and Assessment: A minimum attendance of 70% is required for the course.

Class Discussions: They play an important part of the course. Student’s active participation and contribution to class discussions is encouraged and will be graded. Students area expected to study the weekly reading materials before the class.


Interim case study reports and presentations: Students prepare interim reports and make presentations as part of the term project at the end of the semester.


The Case study project: This is the final outcome of the course. It is necessary to prepare and present a case study about the use of Building Information Modeling in a building practice setting. The project will be developed throughout the semester.


Final Project Schedule:

05.JAN.2016: Project announcement

09.FEB.2016: Interim report

09.MAR.2016: Final presentation and draft report

16.MAR.2016: Final report submission

6. Weekly Schedule:

# date topics
01 Jan 05 Course Introduction, Challenges of Building Industry and the necessity of BIM utilization  F. Project Introduction
02 Jan 12 Components of BIM, BIM software platforms and interfaces
03 Jan 19 BIM in Building Life Cycle, Case Study Methodology, BIM case studies in Turkish building sector
04 Jan 26 BIM Standards and BIM Implementation plans, BIM Capability Maturity Model
05 Feb 02 BIM Collaboration options,  Process Modeling, Integrated Project Delivery
06 Feb 09 BIM Project Management tools: 4D modeling and Clash detection  application  F. Project interim report and presentation
07 Feb 16 BIM Project Management tools: 4D modeling and Clash detection  applications
08 Feb 23 BIM for sustainable buildings and Performative Design I
09 Mar 02 BIM for sustainable buildings and Performative Design II
10 Mar 09 BIM for sustainable buildings and Performative Design III F. Project report and presentation
 11 Mar 16 On-line report submission during the Final Exam week Submission of revised F. Project

7. Reading List:

There will be a weekly reading list for each class. The to access the reading list page click here. Please note that the page is password protected. The password will be announced in the first session of the course. Other recommended readings:

and a number of related articles …

8. Important Web Sites: