TBA4410 - Digitisation of engineering processes


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

The course deals with principles, methods, and software for how graduates with a background in construction can contribute to the development of digital control systems and knowledge systems for the Architects, Engineers, Contractors, and Facility Management (AEC/FM) industry. This development will focus on the automation of engineering processes. The course will include the development of concepts systems (ontologies), linked data, types of logic, and decision support. Students will identify the advantages and limitations in the development and use of different types of knowledge based systems in addition to enabling technologies like Machine Learning to support existing and new tasks and processes in the AEC/FM industry. It is emphasized that students can describe business models for developed digital solutions.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student will independently have the following: Knowledge about: - principles and methods for transforming requirements for further implementation into digital rule-based systems - different types of digital knowledge systems and their suitability for use in the AEC/FM industry. - research and commercial development and use of digital rule-based systems - describe business models for digital rule-based systems Skills to: - model information requirements and logic for the development of digital rule-based systems - identify relevant information in large amounts of data to support tasks in the AEC/FM industry General competence to: - develop a implementation plan for transforming requirements for implementing digital rule based systems - identify technological and organizational challenges related to the development and implementation of digital rule based systems - introduce solutions of digital rule based systems for real tasks in the AEC/FM industry

Learning methods and activities

The course is conducted as project and problem-based learning. This includes lectures, exercises, self-study, group work and discussions, as well as case studies in real tasks in the construction, construction and infrastructure industry. Emphasis is placed on discussions and cooperation between participants and initiatives towards the industry. Software and hardware: The currently available hardware and software for project management in the BIM-lab digital lab at the study site. Software for the completion of the project assignment is chosen in relation to the current problem of the students in consultation with the course coordinator. The course will be conducted as compressed teaching modules in the middle and last part of the spring semester (taught after TBA4415). If few students, the teaching will be blended learning; combination of teaching at Gjøvik, online teaching and guidance. On the last day of the course, the student groups will present their project reports.

Further on evaluation

(the information may be changed until June 15th)

Grades are set on the basis of: 3 reports with an individual assessment which each counts 15% (total 45%) and 1 report from group work with a joint assessment which counts 55%. Points 0-100 are used when assessing each report. Only the final grade is given to the student. Knowledge tests are included as work requirements that must be completed and approved.

Course materials

Professional literature is relevant for the completion of a project assignment - chosen by the student, with the guidance of the subject responsible. Common literature for basic competence consists of excerpts from the following sources:

Eilif Hjelseth (2015). Foundations for BIM-based model checking systems, Transforming regulations into computable rules in BIM-based model checking systems. PhD Thesis: 2015: 54, Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway, ISSN: 1894-6402, ISBN: 978-82-575-1294-1 Only paper 4 and 5. -11-06.pdf

NS-EN ISO 19650-series - Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM) - Information management using building information modelling — Part 1: Concepts and principles— Part 2: Delivery phase of the assets— Part 3: Operational phase of the assets

NS-EN ISO 23386:2020 Building information modelling and other digital processes used in construction — Methodology to describe, author and maintain properties in interconnected data dictionaries

NS-EN ISO 23387:2020 Building information modelling (BIM) — Data templates for construction objects used in the life cycle of built assets — Concepts and principles

NS-EN ISO 29481-series - Building information modelling. Information delivery manual— Part 1: Methodology and format — Part 2: Interaction framework — Part 3: Data schema and code

Other literature and resources posted on LMS (Blackboard)

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Portfolio 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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