TBA4420 - Digital Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Report 60/100
3 knowledge tests 15/100
3 exercises 15/100
Digital presentation 10/100

Course content

The increasing digitalisation of the building, construction and real estate industry (BAE) requires a new type of competence. In this course, students will explore new digital technologies and work / collaboration processes such as Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). The students work in a group of 2-4 and will carry out a feasibility study that results in a consultant report and a digital presentation of an innovative digital solution.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, the student has the following learning outcome defined in the form of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge The student has - knowledge of how future engineering tasks can be solved with the support of digital technology and changed work processes - knowledge of how digital technology can affect future engineering tasks - knowledge of interoperability - organizations working with digitization of the BAE industry - research in digitization / building information modelling ( BIM)

Skills The student can: - use digital tools to solve engineering tasks - identify challenges and suggest solutions in the form of a feasibility study

General competence The student can: - use digital tools in practical solution of engineering tasks - collaborate with other professionals and users with the support of digital technology for presentation and information exchange - experience with the use of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) for solving project-based tasks

Learning methods and activities

Project- and problem-based learning that includes lectures, project work on own computer, exercises, group work and self-study. Parts of the course implementation will be collection based. Teaching is adapted to support project implementation, with most teaching in the first part of the semester and most guidance in the last part. Teaching and supervision will be a combination of campus and online. Since this is an elective course, it must be expected that it may be difficult to avoid conflicts with times for other teaching. There is no compulsory attendance, but challenging academic requirements for submitted work, as well as active work individually and in groups.

Further on evaluation

The report consists of a feasibility study (consultant report of 20-40 pages + any attachments) and a digital presentation or video (max 5 min.) showing the essence of the feasibility study. The report and digital presentation is written in groups of 2-4 students, individual reports only after permission by the course coordinator In addition, 3 individual exercises and 3 individual knowledge tests are included, where the two best of each count in the grade assessment. The parts of the assessment will be given a percentage score and the whole portfolio will be graded with a letter grade.

Required previous knowledge

Valgemnet er åpent for alle studenter som har interesse for digitalisering av bygg-, anlegg og eiendomsnæringen - og eget studium ved NTNU. Det arrangeres frivillige kurs i bruk av BIM basert programvare som f.eks: Autodesk (Revit) Solibri (Office/checker) og Trimble (ulike programmer). Det er en fordel om studentene har tilgang til egen PC for bruk av BIM-baserte programvare.

Course materials

Eilif Hjelseth and Tor Tollnes (2019). BIM! Program og prosess, med innføring i Revit 2020. ISBN 978-82-691753-0-1, 254 pages, Can be bought at lectures. In addition, excerpts from: ISO 19650 Organization of information about construction works -- Information management using building information modelling - Part 1: Concepts and principles, Part 2: Delivery phase of assets, and Part 3 Operational phase of assets. ISO 29481-1:2016 Building information modelling. Information delivery manual - Part 1: Methodology and format ISO 23387:2020 Building Information Modelling (BIM) — Data templates for construction objects used in the life cycle of any built asset — Concepts and principles ISO 16739:2013 Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for data sharing in the construction and facility management industries  Reports and presentations posted on Blackboard, approx. 300 sider

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Project Quality Management
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Report 60/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Digital presentation 10/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD 3 exercises 15/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD 3 knowledge tests 15/100 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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