Under the term Building Information Modelling (BIM), methods, processes and tools for the computer-aided creation and processing of information from buildings over their entire life cycle (from design and planning to operation and dismantling) are summarised. In BIM software, buildings are understood as coherent, interdisciplinary data models. These object-oriented, parametric data models describe the individual components of the building (i.e. its components) as well as the relationships between the parts. Changes to an object in a BIM building model immediately affect all "views" of the building: Floor plans, views, sections, 3D model.

In addition to these obvious advantages, data that can be directly linked to the components, such as masses, times, costs, simulations, component data for later use in operation and component information with regard to sustainability issues, form an undreamt-of added value of the planning.

The aim of BIM is to have completely constructed a building with all its elements together with the planning partners before the ground-breaking ceremony and to have coordinated the details in such a way that the actual construction process can be carried out without costly surprises and adjustments.

'BIM approach' is a planning methodology in which technology, guidelines, processes and planners involved are considered 'equally and simultaneously'. It has been the most fundamental change in the construction world for several years. The introductory lectures and accompanying exercises of the BIM.basics course are intended to convey the methodological basics of BIM. The course is accompanied by blended learning exercises with BIM tools.

The seminar teaches the handling of BIM software using the example of selected tools that are to be used during the semester to accompany the design process.


Theoretical introduction to BIM

  • From mass model to building model
  • Creating an elementary building model
  • Viewing" of a building model
  • Parametric objects

More information:

The registration is done via RWTH-Online.

The seminar is designed as a blended learning course. With the help of written documentation and numerous video tutorials, the contents can be developed by the participants themselves. During a weekly support session, questions can be asked about the task and the understanding of the learning materials.

Students who have to repeat the subject will find all the necessary information on this website: https://dc.rwth-aachen.de/de/lehre/bachelor/wiederholung

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