Course syllabus

BIM-baserad projektering – tillämpningar för analys, simulering och visualisering
Virtual Design and Construction – BIM Applications

TFRG25, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: Single courses at LTH autumn 2015
Decided by: Education Board D
Date of Decision: 2015-03-03

General Information

Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: First cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements.
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The purpose of the course is for the course participant to attain basic knowledge and understanding of virtual design and construction with respect to 3D-modelling and BIM-applications for analysis, simulations and visualisations of structural design, clash detection, constructability, quantity takeoff’s, cost estimates, time scheduling etc. The course supports an explorative learning process in which the course participants learn how to apply BIM-based design and construction in a realistic context. The software systems used in the course are primarily Revit, Robot, Navisworks and VICO Office, which are commonly applied in industry.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

• achieve a general understanding of some basic concepts and possible BIM-applications for the design and construction of building projects.
• understand the fundamental structure and composition of parametric 3D-models e.g. with respect to objects, codes and classification, layers/families, detail levels etc.
• have an overall understanding of the design phase of the construction process, its organisation and the roles and responsibilities of the various actors involved.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

• conduct basic 3D-modelling operations
• critically review and verify the quality of a 3D-model
• render suitable 3D-visualisations and animations for various needs
• merge different 3D-models, e.g. the various MEP-models and structural models, for clash detection purposes
• use a 3D-model for analyses and simulations of the structural design, energy consumptions, quantity take-offs, cost estimates, production processes etc.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

• be able to identify, critically review and describe some basic pros and well as cons that are related to BIM-based design and construction
• achieve an understanding and constructive attitude about the basic organisational and technical demands that comes with BIM-based design and construction
• understand the importance of the design process and its impact on the construction process and the life cycle aspects of operation and maintenance of the finished building product.


The course rests upon a realistic building case, i.e. a block of student apartments, in which a building client has assigned the course participants, individually or in groups of two students, to act in the role of BIM-consultants.
The course is designed as an applied course in which the course participants are expected to test and explore the introduced BIM-systems in order to carry out the analysis, simulations and visualisations that are included in the case assignment of the course.
The course includes three separate assignments that deal with relevant BIM-objectives, i.e. 3D-modelling including model verification, visualization, drawings and clash detection; quantity take-off, cost estimates and time scheduling; and finally, model-based structural analysis. Each assignment is reported, individually or in groups of two students, in written reports and supplementary BIM-files. Written feedback for all three assignments is provided all course participants.
The tree assignments of the course is supplemented with a concluding and comprehensive project assignment, which also is carried out individually or in groups of two course participants. The results of the project assignment are reported in a written report and are presented orally at a seminar by the end of the course. Written feedback for the project assignments is provided all course participants.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: Grading scale: Pass/Fail Assessment: The course participants are assessed on basis of their written representation of the three assignments, an oral and written presentation of the project assignment and an individual oral examination.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: Basic knowledge about the construction process in general, its phases and organisation, and particularly, the design phase. Besides, basic awareness about CAD and/or 3D-modeliing is appropriate.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Niclas Andersson,
Teacher: Oskar Larsson,
Teacher: Johan Jönsson,
Course homepage: