BA8624 - Interoperability for enabling Building Information Modelling (BIM)


New from the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 100/100 ALLE

Course content

This course covers deep understanding principles interoperability supporting increased digitalisation of the architects, engineers, contractors / facility management (AEC/FM) -industry. It gives experiences in use of BIM related standards, frameworks and methods for development of specification for interoperable exchange or information related to real tasks in the AEC/FM industry.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

On successful completion of this course the student will:
• have advanced knowledge about interoperability in BIM-based solutions
• have knowledge about BIM based standards (developed and under development)
• have knowledge about the European Interoperability Framework (EIF)

On successful completion of this course the student can:
• use standards, frameworks and methods for information modelling methods to enable interoperability in exchange of relevant information for defined purposes in the AEC/FM industry
• perform analyses of interoperability of defined tasks thorough the life cycle of the built environment
• specify requirements for enabling interoperability in defined tasks and processes in the AEC/FM industry

General competence
On successful completion of this course the student:
• can perform research within interoperability applicable for the AEC/FM industry
• has a deep understanding of the different levels of interoperability to enable applicable solutions

Learning methods and activities

Three two-day seminars, and final presentation (mini-dissertation). Blended Classroom – teaching method will be used for the seminars that include theory lectures, exercises in groups and individual numerical assignments. Individual preparations before the seminars are mandatory. Application of control methods to the students PhD project work and reporting of the research work is an essential activity between the seminars. Part of this will be done on real cases (projects) in collaboration with the AEC/FM-industry.

Required previous knowledge

No formal requirements for specific topics, recommended prerequisites should be satisfied in order to follow the course

Course materials

Robert S. Weygant (2011). BIM Content Development: Standards, Strategies, and Best Practices, John Wiley & Sons; ISBN-13: 978-0470583579, Chapter 1 – 12, + selected parts of chapter 13 – 25, Approx. 200 pages.
European Interoperability Framework (EIF), Selected reports from library available at:
ISO 16739:2013 Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for data sharing in the construction and facility management industries
ISO 12006-3:2007 Building construction -- Organization of information about construction works -- Part 3: Framework for object-oriented information
ISO 21597 (under development) Information Container for Data Drop – Part 1: Container and Part 2: Dynamic semantics
ISO 29481-1:2016 Building information modelling. Information delivery manual – Part 1: Methodology and format

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 6

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering
  • Knowledge Systems
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering



Examination arrangement: Report

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 100/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
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