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 introduce the conceptual framework and technologies associated with Building Information Modeling
  • To illustrate the use of BIM in all stages of a project’s life cycle.
  • To present the multi-disciplinary nature of building projects and contemporary methods for facilitating project management and communication in project participants
  • To convey information about the use of BIM in project management at planning, construction and facility management phases.
  • To introduce the changes in business processes  in building firms due to BIM
  • To present a hands-on experience with BIM software

3.Teaching Method:

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. Course Web site on and Google Classrom (GW) are actively used for information sharing and assignment submissions.

4. The Requirement and Assessment: A minimum attendance of 70% (8/11 classes) is required for the course.

Technology Watch (TW) Presentations: Students offer a short presentation and submit a three-page report on the existing or emerging technologies that has to do with an aspect of BIM. Some of the possible TW topics are:Collaboration and Interoperability, Energy and Sustainability, BIM Project Management, Facility Management, Field related Technologies, Internet of Things (IOT), BIM Implementation Plans and Strategies, BIM Standards and Protocols, Utilization of BIM in Design, BIM supported Visualization, New Working Practices with BIM, BIM and Public Sector, Computational BIM


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:

11.JAN.2018: Project announcement

15.FEB.2018: Interim report

22.MAR.2018: Final presentation and draft report

29.MAR.2018: Final report submission

5. Weekly Schedule:

# date topics
01 Jan 11 Course Introduction, Challenges of Building Industry and the necessity of BIM utilization  Final Project  Intro
02 Jan 18 Components of BIM, brief history, BIM software platforms and interfaces, Modeling with BIM (Graphisoft ArchiCAD)  Forming groups for   the Final Project
03 Jan 25 BIM in Building Life Cycle, Case Study Methodology, BIM case studies in Turkish building sector  Due: Posting the TW   topic on GW
04 Feb 01 BIM Standards and BIM Implementation plans, BIM Capability Maturity Model  Due: Posting the Firm   info for   F.   Project on   GW
05 Feb 08 BIM Collaboration options,  Process Modeling, Integrated Project Delivery  TW presentations
06 Feb 15 BIM Project review software: interface and basic operations (Autodesk Revit/Navisworks)  Due: Final Project   interim report and   presentation
07 Feb 22 BIM Project review software: 4D modeling and Clash detection applications  (Autodesk Navisworks)   TW presentations
08 Mar 01 BIM and field-related technologies: laser scanning, working with mobile devies, using drones (Autodesk Recap)  TW presentations
09 Mar 08 BIM for sustainable buildings: introduction to mass modeling for sustainability analyses (Autodesk Formit)  TW presentations
10 Mar 15 BIM for sustainable buildings: energy and solar analyses (Autodesk Formit/Revit)  TW presentations
 11 Mar 22 BIM for facility management  Due: Final Project   report and   presentation
Mar 29 On-line report submission during the Final Exam week  Submission of revised   Final Project

6. 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:

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7. Important Web Sites:

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