TBA4420 - Digital Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The increasing digitization of the construction, construction and real estate industry (BAE) requires a new type of expertise. In this course, the student will explore new technology, or new combinations of technology and work processes. The learning is based on a real problem for a BAE (problem owner) business, the students jointly prepare a joint proposal for a solution. In addition, each individual has to make his own solution after a self-chosen specialization.

Learning outcome

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

The student has
- knowledge of how the future engineering tasks can be solved with the support of digital technology and changing work processes
- knowledge of how Industry 4.0 can affect future engineering tasks
- knowledge of interoperability
- organizations working on digitizing the BAE industry
- research in digitization / building information modelling (BIM)

The student can:
- use digital tools to solve engineering tasks
- specify information delivery using ISO29481-1
- specify a BIM Implementation Plan ISO 19650-1

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

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 on campus is mainly conducted as module-based with concentrated teaching over 2 days. 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 is written in groups of 2-4 students, individual reports only after permission by the course coordinator.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Civil and Environmental Engineering (MTBYGG)
Engineering and ICT (MTING)
Industrial Economics and Technology Management (MTIØT)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the study program Civil and Environmental Engineering (MTBYGG). The student must be able to use his own PC to run the latest version of Autodesk Revit and Solibri Model Checker in order to participate in volunteer exercises.

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
Recommend supplementary litterature:
Randy Deutsch (2016). Data-Driven Design and Construction: 25 Strategies for Capturing, Analyzing and Applying Building Data, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ISBN: 978-1-118-89870-3, (384 pages).
Reports and presentations, posted on Blackboard, approx. 200 pages

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

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

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Building Technology
  • Project Quality Management
Contact information

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

Release 2020-11-10

Submission 2020-11-17

Submission 23:59

Room Building Number of candidates
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