Course code Arhi3089

Credit points 2

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation23.03.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Civil Engineering and Wood Processing

Course developer

author lect.

Arturs Neiburgs

Mg. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

Arhi1020, Construction Graphics

Arhi2051, Architecture II

Course abstract

Students get introduced with the guidelines of Building Information Modelling (BIM), BIM terminology used in the industry, documentation, standards, processes and current BIM technologies. In practical work, students learn to develop Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR) and BIM Execution Plan (BEP) documents, develop skills to work in Common Data Environment (CDE), working with information models, get introduced with basics of visual programming. In the laboratory work, students learn how to create a federated model by combining 3D models of different disciplines into a single model.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. Student understands the basic principles and processes of BIM, knows the terminology and standards related to BIM.
2. Students are able to prepare PIP and BIP documentation - practical work.
3. Acquires work in VDV - practical work.
4. Development of information models and work with information in 3D models, parametric modelling possibilities - practical work.
5. Federated model clash check- laboratory works.

6. Parametric 3D model designing, using visual programming methods- laboratory works.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. BIM in building life cycle stages (lecture) -2h;
2. Development of PIP and BIP documents (lecture) - 1h;
3. BIM from the perspectives of the structural engineer, project manager and construction site manager roles (lecture) - 1h;
4. BIM communication and cooperation in the construction project (lecture) - 1h;
5. BIM processes (lecture) - 1h;
6. Implementation of BIM in organizations or projects and BIM standards (lecture) - 1h;
7. Current technologies in construction industry (lecture) - 1h;
8. Work in the Common Data Environment (practical works) - 1h;
9. Development of Employer’s information requirement and BIM execution plan documents (practical works) - 2h;
10. Obtaining information from a 3D model (practical works) - 1h;
11. Development of visual programming code for practical application (practical works) - 2h;
12. Information exchange in IFC and BCF formats (practical works) - 2h;
13. Work in the Common Data Environment (laboratory works) - 2h;
14. Visual programming basics (laboratory works) - 1h;
15. Visual programming code dvelopment (laboratory works) - 1h;
16. Visual programming methods (laboratory works) - 4h;
17. Project discipline models BIM check (laboratory works) - 4h;
18. Federated model clash check (laboratory works) - 4h.

Requirements for awarding credit points

The student must attend at least 85% of classes. All practical works must be credited.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

In independent work, students learn the topics from contact classes and prepare independent works, according to the given task. The works must be submitted electronically, in the CDE, in the file formats specified in the task and within the specified term.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The evaluation of the study course is formed from the arithmetic mean evaluation of all practical works.
Practical work is evaluated in accordance with the evaluation procedure specified in the practical work tasks. If a student submits a practical work after the deadline, its assessment can reach 50% of the maximum possible.

Compulsory reading

1. Būves informācijas modelēšanas rokasgrāmata [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 12.04.2021.]. Pieejams:
2. COBIM 2012, Common BIM requirements tiešsaiste] [skatīts 12.04.2021.]. Pieejams:;
3. Būvju informācijas modelēšanas (BIM) terminoloģija LVS 1052:2018;
4. Standarts LVS NE ISO 19650:2019

Further reading

1. Standarti ISO/TS 12911:2012, LVS NE ISO 16739:2017, LVS NE ISO 29481-1:2018, LVS NE ISO 29481-2:2017.
2. Building Information Modeling. Pieejams:
3. VNĪ BIM kompetences centrs, tiešsaiste:


Compulsory course of professional bachelor's degree program Construction.