TVB4110 - Digital Building Information


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

This course introduces students to issues surrounding the implementation and use of modern information systems in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. More precisely, how digital building information is created, captured, and structured based on Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems is emphasized in this course. Moreover, the course showcases how building information is analyzed and evaluated to predict the performance of different building solutions over their life cycle. Emphasis is placed on introducing the concept of a life-cycle analysis (LCA) intended to reduce the adverse environmental impacts of buildings. Beyond LCA, course topics include the introduction of structured methods for identifying and addressing the diverse information needs of different project participants. The course also covers how relevant building information can be compiled form various sources like historical records, user needs, and a client’s brief. Criteria for assessing the quality and appropriate level of detail of 3D digital building information relative to the different stages of the design development will be introduced.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, students shall independently have:

Knowledge: - of how to arrange for a project level implementation of inter-organizational BIM systems - have advanced competence to structure and classify building information - to judge the accuracy and level of detail of different types of building information - to identify the building information necessary for undertaking different analytical tasks and evaluations - to set the accuracy requirements for undertaking different analytical tasks and evaluations - to capture data and physical information on existing buildings - to understand functional requirements and performance levels in BIM based work - knowledge about formats, entity types and attributes of digital building information - about applying digital information in the assessment of sustainability

Skills: - be able to carry out selected analysis using digital methods - be able to find and present existing, relevant information, and structure this information for further digital processing - be able to develop processes including specifications describing actors, procedures and requirements to deliveries in different stages of a building process, including specifications of information needs (entities, entity attributes and entity relationships).

General competence on: - finding and presenting existing, relevant information, and structure this information for further digital processing - assessing accuracy levels, included levels of details, for different kind of information - be able to describe data capture methods for capturing physical information on existing buildings

Learning methods and activities

The course will use lectures, exercises, team work and discussions. The student activities will be concentrated on team-based project work, with discussions.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsary 1
  • Compulsary 2

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 but 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

No more than the entrance requirement for the study program

Course materials

The list will be given at course startup. Example of relevant literature: - ISO 19650

More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Building Technology
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 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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