TVB4100 - Information Structuring for AEC/FM


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

The course provides a basic introduction to the principles of digital representation of physical reality (buildings, infrastructure and terrain) and how such information can be specified and documented to ensure efficient information flow in construction processes.

The main part of the course is to learn conceptual modeling with Unified Modeling Language (UML) and EXPRESS / IFC. The course contains an introduction to how conceptual models are used to specify datasets in files and databases.

An important part of the information flow in construction processes is documentation of requirements for deliveries / data sets and validation to ensure that the deliveries are in accordance with the requirements.

The course will also provide a basic introduction to process modeling with Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN), to specify work processes and activities where the information deliveries will be used.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, participants shall independently have:


  • be able to explain and exploit the mail principles of conceptual modelling of information related to buildings and geography/terrain
  • be able to explain the main standards for information handling for buildings and geomatics
  • be able to explain data quality, availability and uses of the data


  • be able to use selected software for conceptual modelling, data editing/visualization and validation
  • be able to create a UML/Class diagram for a specific case
  • be able to use IFC conceptual model to document a selected part of a building
  • be able to validate models and data sets based on specified requirements

General competence

  • be able to exploit the possibilities inherent in the methods presented in the course
  • be able to see limitations and suggest improvements in the methods presented

Learning methods and activities

The course uses lectures, exercises, group work and discussions. The teaching is largely organized as project work in groups, where CDIO principles are central. Great emphasis is given on discussions and cooperation between the students.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation learning outcome
  • Oral presentation learning outcome

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. In addition, two compulsory works must be approved. The portfolio consists of a term report (group work, weighted 53%), 4 individual exercises (weighted in sum to 32%) and 3 multiple choice-tests (weighted in sum to15%). Students will have feedback form teacher on a first version of the report and the exercises before final hand in of portfolio at course end. The portfolio parts will not be graded as parts, will be included in the final grading for the course.

For portfolio graded as fail, an improved portfolio can be handed in. For a re-take of course, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Civil and Environmental Engineering (MIBYGG)

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Relevant material are:


  • ISO 10303-11:2004 Industrial automation systems and integration - Product data representation and exchange - Part 11: Description methods: The EXPRESS language reference manual
  • Douglas A. Schenck, 1994: Information Modeling the EXPRESS Way : The EXPRESS Way. Tilgjengelig som ebook ( )
  • ISO 16739 IFC Specification, tilgjengelig på


  • Official web-site:
  • NS-EN ISO 19109:2015 Geographic information - Rules for application schema
  • NS-EN ISO 19136:2009 Geographic Information - Geography Mark-up Language (GML)

SOSI (UML in geographical domain)

  • Official web-site (NB! Norwegian only)

The list will be completed at startup of the course.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Geomatics
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 *
Autumn ORD Portfolio 100/100





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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