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Building Information Modelling (BIM) at GMIT Galway

Higher Diploma in Engineering in Building Information Modelling

Currently closed for applications

Discipline: Engineering

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Full time

Entry Requirements: Relevant Level 7 qualification or Recognition of Prior Learning

Places: 20

Why Study?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an innovative new approach to building design, construction, and management.

BIM has changed the way industry professionals worldwide think about how technology can be applied to building design, construction, and management. BIM also supports the continuous and immediate availability of project design, scope, schedule, and cost information that is high quality, reliable, integrated, and fully coordinated.

This programme is designed as a direct response to the skill and competency needs of the construction industry. The Higher Diploma in Engineering in BIM programme has completed a pilot phase with construction industry partners and is now being offered as a full-time programme in GMIT. The delivery of the programme is designed to allow participants stay in the work-place while completing this one year post-graduate award.

Programme Modules

Modules undertaken are:

  • BIM Virtual Modelling Fundamentals (10 Credits) - CIVE08051 - Mandatory
  • Building Information Modelling Collaboration (10 Credits) - CIVE08056 -  Mandatory - Must have completed CIVE08051
  • Building Information Modelling Architecture (10 credits) - CIVE08052 - Elective - Must have completed CIVE08051
  • Building Information Modelling Structure (10 credits) – CIVE08053 - Elective - Must have completed CIVE08051
  • Building Information Modelling Infrastructure (10 credits) - CIVE08054 - Elective - Must have completed CIVE08051
  • Building Information Modelling Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) (10 Credits) –  CIVE08055 - Elective - Must have completed CIVE08051
  • Building Information Modelling Research Project (30 Credits) - CIVE08057 - Mandatory - Must have completed a minimum of three modules


Learning Outcomes: 

Overall Learning Outcomes - on completion of this programme the student will:

  • Understand and evaluate the interaction processes involved in designing, constructing and managing a building through use of BIM 3D models and data sets.
  • Analyse and select BIM management techniques to achieve the desired deliverables and performance outcomes, including how BIM can contribute to making buildings energy and carbon efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly and manage the processes required to optimise these outcomes.
  • Be able to construct 3D Virtual Building Models for a variety of situations including Architectural, Infrastructure, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing.
  • Be able to manage the application of various BIM software packages, their integration, the necessary protocols and procedures needed for networks, database systems and information sharing.



BIM Virtual Modelling Fundamentals (10 Credits) - CIVE08051 

  • Building Information Modelling: Introduction to Building Information Modelling, BIM concepts and terminologies. BIM benefits and evolution. BIM modelling requirements, BIM modelling methods. BIM software tools, interoperability and design integration. BIM application areas.
  • Regulatory Environment: PAS1192. Construction Industry Council (CIC) BIM Protocols - the legal framework which facilitates and promotes the use of BIM. Current developments and frameworks for BIM adoption. A knowledge of Uniclass 2 classification system. Legal issues. BIM Execution plans.
  • Revit Architecture Basics: Exploring the User Interface, Working with Revit Elements and Families, Starting a Project, Starting a Design: Creating and Modifying Levels, Creating and Modifying Grids.
  • Fundamentals of the Architectural Building Model: Creating a Basic Floor Plan, Adding and Modifying Walls. Working with Compound Walls, Roof Construction. Using Editing Tools, Adding and Modifying Doors, Adding and Modifying Windows.
  • Fundamentals of the structural Building Model: Creating a structural slab and floor, Adding and Modifying structural Walls, Using Editing Tools, Adding and Modifying structural columns and beams.
  • Loading Additional Building Components: Working with Component Families.
  • Viewing the Building Model: Managing Views, Controlling Object Visibility, Working with Section and Elevation Views, Creating and Modifying 3D Views.
  • Using Dimensions and Constraints: Working with Dimensions, Applying and Removing Constraints.
  • Detailing and Drafting: Creating Callout Views, Working with Text and Tags, Working with Detail Views, Working with Drafting Views.
  • Construction Documentation: Creating and Modifying Schedules, Creating Rooms and Room Schedules, Creating Legends and Keynotes.
  • Presenting the Building Model: Working with Drawing Sheets, Working with Title blocks, Managing Revisions, Creating Renderings, Using Walkthroughs, Using Sun and Shadow Settings.
  • Detailing in Revit: Setting Up Detail Views, Creating Details, Annotating Details, Patterning.
  • Schedules: Creating Schedules, Creating Material Take-off Schedules, Scheduling Structural Elements.
  • Advanced Annotation: Keynoting and Keynote Legends, Creating Legends, Revision Tracking.
  • Advanced View Setup: View Templates, Working with Dependent Views, Enhancing Views.


Building Information Modelling Collaboration (10 Credits) - CIVE08056

  • Navisworks
  • Fundamentals of Navisworks: Workspace Overview, Opening and Appending Files in NavisWorks, Saving, Merging, and Refreshing Files, Database Support (Data Tools).
  • 3D Model Review: Navigation, The NavisWorks Engine, Selection Tree and Selecting Objects, Hiding Objects and Overriding Materials, Object Properties, Measuring and Moving Objects, Selection and Search Sets, Viewpoints, Comments and Redlining, Animations, Sectioning, Hyperlinks, Comparing Models, Switchback, NavisWorks Real-Time Rendering.
  • Clash Detective: Clash Detective Overview, Selecting Items to Be Clashed, Clash Test Settings, Setting Clash Rules, Clash Results, Clash Test Reporting, Audit Checks, Create and Save Batches of Clash Tests, Export and Import Clash Tests, Custom Clash Tests, Laser Scan Data Clashing, Holding and Releasing Objects, SwitchBack in Clash Detective, Time-Based Clashings.
  • Revit
  • Groups and Links: Using Groups, Linking Revit Files, Links and Groups, Visibility and Graphic Overrides in Linked Views, Interference Checking.
  • Importing and Exporting Files: Importing Vector Files, Working with Imported Files, Importing Raster Image Files, Exporting Files, Exporting for Energy Analysis.
  • Project Team Collaboration: Introduction to Worksets, Opening Workset-Related Projects, Working in Workset-Related Projects, Setting up Worksets, Best Practices for Worksets.
  • Project Team Collaboration using on-line virtual collaboration systems
  • Linked Projects - Managing Shared Coordinates, Linked Locations, Acquiring and Reporting Shared Coordinates, Monitoring and Coordinating Linked Projects, Project Collaboration, Monitoring and Coordinating Linked Projects
  • Virtual Collaboration - Introduction to on-line tools and practices to experience engagement with others to solve problems in a virtual environment.
  • BIM Regulatory Environment: PAS 1192 and other documents and regulations as they apply to the the BIM process.


Building Information Modelling Architecture (10 credits) - CIVE08052 

  • Revit Architecture
  • Massing Studies: Fundamentals Mass Elements, Custom Mass Elements, From Massing to Building,
  • Space Planning & Area Analysis: Space Planning, Creating Colour Schemes
  • Structural Elements, Ceilings, Stairs, etc.
  • Visualization: Perspectives, Creating Walkthroughs, Solar Studies
  • Rendering: Rendering, Working with Lighting, Enhancing Renderings
  • Creating Custom Templates: Preparing Templates, Pre-setting Annotation Styles, Creating Title blocks, Creating Object Styles, Materials and Fill Patterns
  • Custom Walls, Roofs, & Sections: Creating Wall, Roof, and Floor Types, Adding 3D Profiles, Vertically Stacked Walls, Vertically Compound Walls
  • Family Concepts & Techniques: Introduction to Families, Creating Parametric Dimensions, Creating Family Elements, Creating Family Types, Adding Family Parameters, Visibility Display Settings
  • Creating Specific Families: Creating Custom Doors & Windows, Creating In-Place Families, Creating Profiles, Creating Angled Cornices and Copings, Creating Custom Railings, Adding Custom Posts, Creating Annotation Families, Working with Shared Parameters. Adaptive Components and Adaptive Component Families.
  • Visaul Basic Programming - Tutorials and exercises on the fundamentals of Visual Basic programming
  • Dynamo Visual Programming Introduction to the fundamentals of visual programming within the Autodesk Revit conceptual design environment. Custom coding to efficiently automate basic design tasks. Tutorials on step-by-step examples for automating geometry creation, adjusting family parameters using external data, and sharing information with different design platforms.
  • Open BIM Workflow-level compatibility between a range of BIM software. Using IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) file format for open BIM solutions.
  • Open BIM approach enabling numerous companies located throughout the world to work, collaborate and communicate effectively regardless of software platforms.

Building Information Modelling Structure (10 credits) – CIVE08053 

  • Revit Structure Basics - Exploring the User Interface, Working with Structural Elements and Families
  • Viewing the Structural Model - Working with Views, Controlling Object Visibility, Working with Elevation and Section Views, Working with 3D Views, View specific overrides, Project-wide settings. Starting a New Project - Starting a Project, Adding and Modifying Levels, Creating and Modifying Grids
  • Creating Structural Columns and Walls - Working with Structural Columns, Placing Slanted Structural Columns, Drawing and Modifying Walls
  • Creating Frames - Adding Floor Framing, Working with Beams and Beam Systems, Working with Structural Steel, Working with Concrete Beams
  • Creating Floors and Roofs - Adding Floors and slab edges, Creating Roofs and Adding Structural Framing
  • Creating Foundations - Adding Foundations, Ground Beams, Step and Spread Footings, Piers and Pilasters, Structural Slabs
  • Stairs and Ramps - Creating Stairs, Creating Ramps
  • Creating Plan Annotations and Schedules - Adding Dimensions, Working with Text and Tags
  • Creating Legends, Creating and Working with Schedules
  • Working with 3D Views - About 3D Views, Navigating through a 3D View, Creating and modifying Camera views, Changing Material Properties.
  • Creating Structural Detailing - Working with Detail Views, Adding Concrete Reinforcement, Working with Drafting Views, Working with CAD Details, Introduction to Detail Component Libraries
  • Creating Construction Documentation - Working with Sheets and Titleblocks, Printing Sheets
  • Autodesk Robot & Tekla Structure - Introduction and overview of Autodesk Robot and Tekla software as alternatives to Revit Structure.
  • Exporting Content to CAD Formats
  • Basic Collaboration - Model Management, Project Team Collaboration Techniques
  • Principles of Family Editing - The Basic Process using structural objects


Building Information Modelling Infrastructure (10 credits) - CIVE08054 

  • AutoCAD 3D Civil
  • The AutoCAD Civil 3D Interface: Product Overview, AutoCAD Civil 3D Workspaces, AutoCAD Civil 3D User Interface, AutoCAD Civil 3D Tool space, AutoCAD Civil 3D Panorama, AutoCAD Civil 3D Templates, Settings, and Styles.
  • Project Management: AutoCAD Civil 3D Projects, Sharing Data, Using Data Shortcuts for Project Management.
  • Parcels: Lines and Curves, Introduction to Parcels, Creating and Editing Parcels by Layout Overview, Creating and Editing Parcels, Renumbering Parcels, Parcel Reports, Parcel Labels, Parcel Tables.
  • Survey: Survey Workflow Overview, Introduction to the Survey Tool space, Survey Figures, Points Overview, Point Settings, Creating Points, Description Key Sets, Importing Survey Data, Point Groups, Reviewing and Editing Points, Point Reports.
  • Surfaces: Surface Process, Surface Properties, Contour Data, Other Surface Data, Break lines and Boundaries, Surface Editing, Adjusting Surfaces through Surface Properties, Surface Analysis Tools, Surface Labels, Surface Volume Calculations, Surface Analysis Display.
  • Alignments: Roadway Design Overview, AutoCAD Civil 3D Sites, Introduction to Alignments, Alignments Layout Tools, Alignment Properties, Labels and Tables.
  • Profiles: Profiles Overview, Create a Profile View Style, Create Profiles from Surface, Create Profile View Wizard, Finished Ground Profiles, Create and Edit Profiles.
  • Corridors: Assembly Overview, Modifying Assemblies, Creating a Corridor, Corridor Properties, Designing Intersections, Corridor Surfaces, Corridor Section Review and Edit, Corridor Visualization.
  • Grading: Grading Overview, Feature Lines, Grading Tools, Modifying AutoCAD Civil 3D Grading.
  • Pipe Networks: Pipes Overview, Pipes Configuration, Creating Networks from Objects, The Network Layout Toolbar, Network Editing, Annotating Pipe Networks, Pressure Pipe Networks.
  • Quantity Take Off/Sections: Sample Line Groups, Section Volume Calculations, Pay Items, Section Views
  • Plan Production: Plan Production Tools, Plan Production Objects, Plan Production Object Edits, Creating Sheets.
  • InfraWorks - Using Infraworks for preliminary engineering and design

Building Information Modelling Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) (10 Credits) –  CIVE08055 

  • Conceptual Underpinnings of Revit MEP: MEP Building Information modelling, Revit MEP Key Concepts, Exploring an Existing Project.
  • Fundamentals of MEP Project Setup: Preparing the Architectural Model, Purging the Architectural Model, Creating a New Project, Linked Project Settings, Copying Title blocks, Load a Title block Family and Create Sheets, Wrapping Up a Project Setup.
  • Energy Analysis: Understanding the Workflow, Managing the "I" in BIM, the Importance of Project Collaboration, Space Elements, Zones, Energy Analysis.
  • Mechanical Systems: Mechanical Settings, Creating a Ceiling Plan View for Coordination, Placing Air Terminal Devices, Placing Mechanical Equipment, Ductwork, Additional Ductwork Tools.
  • Piping Systems: Plumbing and Pipe Settings, Boiler Room Piping - Semi-Automatic Approach, Boiler Room Piping - Manual Approach.
  • Electrical Systems: Placing Electrical Equipment, Circuiting Equipment, Checking Connections in System Browser, Create the Main Service Entrance, Copy Equipment to a Level, Create Lighting Views, Modifying Light Fixture Types, Lighting Switches, Switch Systems, Electrical Fixtures, Circuit the Receptacles, Wire Tags, Define a Special Purpose Receptacle, Distribution Systems, Conduit, Circuiting Mechanical Equipment, Other Device Types, Cable Tray, Lighting Fixture Annotations, Panel Schedules, Modify a Panel Schedule Template, Create an Electrical Equipment Schedule, Electrical Distribution Basics, Load Classifications and Demand Factors, Electrical Settings.
  • Detailing and Annotation: Detailing in Revit, Annotation, Drafted Details, Working with Legacy Details, Additional Detailing Techniques.
  • Working with Schedules and Tags: Create and Modify Schedule Views, Editing the Model, Working with Tags, Room and Room Tags, Querying Data, Add a Color Scheme, Working with Area Plans.
  • Ceiling Plans and Interior Elevations: Creating Ceiling Elements, Creating Interior Elevations.
  • Printing, Publishing, and Exporting: Print Setup Printing, Printer Driver Configuration, Troubleshooting Printing, Publish to Buzzsaw, Export to CAD, Export a DWF File, Publishing Tools.
  • Setting Up MEP Project Levels and Views: Working with Levels, Rough Out the Building Form, Working with Elevation Views, Creating Section Views, Schedule Views, Sheet Views, Drafting Views.
  • Working with MEP Families: Kinds of Families, Family Libraries, Family Strategies, Accessing Families in a Project, Accessing Libraries, Edit and Create Family Types, Customizing Families, Building Custom Families, Building Parametric Families.
  • Various plug-ins for Revit MEP such as SysQue
  • Magicad applications - overview and use
  • AGACAD BIM Solutions for MEP

Building Information Modelling Research Project (30 Credits) - CIVE08057 - Mandatory

  • The project involves the specification and analysis of a 'problem'. The problem will probably involve primary and/or secondary research. Although the student may focus on a specific design or technical project, their work must show an appropriate level of academic research, rigour, analysis, investigation and implementation. The output of the project will be tangible/practical solutions, accompanied by a report and presentation. The student will work through some or all of the following activities
  • Development of project specification and scope
  • Project planning
  • Development of research sources, narrowing of research scope
  • Literature research
  • Field/practical/laboratory research and development work
  • Analysis of research results
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • Report preparation
  • Presentation preparation
  • Poster/Display preparation
  • The proposed word count for this research project will be in the region of 15000 words.

Essential Information: 

Tuition Fees

10% of normal fee, see


Entry requirements

To qualify for entry to this programme an applicant must hold a relevant Level 7 qualification or equivalent in a cognate area within the construction and built environment industry. Applications will also be accepted from mature applicants who have worked at an appropriate level within the construction industry and who may gain entry by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. 



The full 60 credit programme is completed over one calendar year.



Fully online, recorded lectures.


Closing Date for Applications



Application Procedure

You must apply on, not to GMIT.


“Springboard+ is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.”

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