Master BIM Manager


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Program Description

This Master course offers advanced training for BIM managers who will learn to deal with integrated projects of all kinds and sizes. Starting from the European Parliament’s approach to procurements (European Union Public Procurement Directive, EUPPD) and from the implementation of BIM procedures in construction design for public works, funded by the EU since 2016, the course provides an in-depth understanding of the regulations, data processing and key roles in the BIM environment, and will then get into many practical applications. Both the theoretical and practical knowledge will enable the students to manage integrated projects, with the help of the most widely used software.

More than 20 different software will be illustrated by the three software houses we have partnered with: Autodesk, Bentley, and Harpaceas. The basic training has a strong focus on the opportunities for improvement during the procurement phase, project validation, interference checking, and work progress. Particular attention will be given to case studies and homework. The education path is pivoted towards the BIM tools used for managing integrated projects.

The architectural design, MEP, energy and structural design, as well as construction management, are assisted by compatible, BIM software. Indeed, it will be shown how to use those procedures and software not only to manage the building of new structural and infrastructural works but also to find the best technical solutions for the renovation of existing buildings.

Some professional job opportunities which this specializing master will open include working at construction companies, construction technology manufacturers, engineering and architectural design companies, and public administrations. The online students will take care of the internship by themselves because as working professionals they will simply translate their working hours into internship hours. All the lessons will be offered both in Italian and in English.


Master Degree in e-Learning Mode

Each student will have access to her/his own personal account on the Moodle e-learning platform (which is among the most widely used platform globally for online lifelong learning). Here the student will find all the videos of the lessons in streaming, all the teaching material downloadable as pdf files, the calendar of the lessons, and the contacts of all the teachers.

Through her/his own personal account each student will be able to follow the lessons in two ways: the Synchronous Way while the lessons will be made in the classroom and the student will be able to participate as if she/he were present; and the Asynchronous Way after the videos of the lessons, the teaching material, and the contacts of the teacher will be uploaded on the platform, and there will remain at disposal of all the students every hour of the day, every day of the week, and for the whole duration of the master.

Therefore, even after the end of the lessons, all the students will have many more months to access their personal accounts on the platform and delve as deep as they deem necessary and useful into the contents of all the lessons. Until they write and defend their master thesis, and finally graduate.

Didactic Modules

Introduction: the digital revolution and its impacts on the national and international scene:

The 4th industrial revolution is characterized by a fast technological innovation, especially in the quickly rising digital area of the economy. Therefore, the use of digital processes for better asset management has become an international necessity in different levels of application, from single buildings to the territorial scale. Digitization processes like BIM (Building Information Modeling) and their applications are a useful tool aiming not only to design but also to manage the whole life cycle assessment of man-made constructions in local areas.

International experiences become, in this time of rapid evolution and innovation, essential to satisfy the numerous needs coming from areas, where BIM, and generally digitalization, operate. BIM potential is illustrated through the perspective of integrated design, the current state of the art, and the previous experience.

BIM Regulations and standards:

The regulatory framework and BIM make an important link in constant evolution. The two compare each other in terms of national and international levels, processes, procedures, and professional categories. Regulations and BIM guides are nowadays fundamental items, both for contracting authorities and for those who deploy BIM for consulting. Special attention is given to the European Directive for Public Procurements (EUPPD), to the New Procurement Code and BIM (D.M. Baratono), to the Data Property, to the main responsibilities, the new contracts, insurance coverage, and new partnership forms.

Becoming a certified BIM manager:

This teaching unit focuses on the competencies defined in the 11337-7 standard for BIM professional figures and is valid as a basic knowledge for the BIM Expert certification. The module is divided into subjects related to the competencies required by UNI: project management, digital surveying, modeling and coordination, regulations, hardware and software, contracts, management systems.

Project management for BIM:

The main topics covered in this unit are Program Management Principles, Real Estate Value Chain and ICT role, Project Collaboration and Internet of Everything, the new jobs created by BIM, the procedures, the BIM guides, the Employer Information Requirements, and the BIM Execution plan. Moreover, the Executive Leadership and Change management will be discussed, as well as the creation of RFI and RFP, the acquisition process, the Building Information Exchange, the Data Interoperability (Open BIM, Building Smart, IFC), Data management and Clouds.

Data as an asset: PIM (Product Information Modeling) and AIM (Asset Information Modeling):

In order to create the buildings and infrastructures digital twin, the BIM model evolves from a digital representation tool to a more elaborate one in the construction process, known as PIM (Project Information Model). From this stage, by adding information on the several construction phases, it’s possible to create the management model (AIM) that provides all the useful data to who will take care of the building management and maintenance.

BIM for architectural authoring:

Architectural modeling and computerization are closely related to the functional features of the project. The students will be able to gain competences in BIM management procedures aiming at digitization, with particular focus on the most used software like Autodesk, Nemechek, and rendering tools. An overview of the programs used for complex models like Dynamo, Grasshopper, and Python will also be provided in this unit.

BIM for structures:

This unit aims to explain, from the integrated design perspective, the steps to create the interface between architectural and structural projects (Revit Str, Tekla Str) as well as FEM modeling for analysis with Midas and Robot.

BIM to MEP e BIM to BEM (Building Energy Modeling):

The tools to design mechanical, electrical, and plumbing devices (MEP) in Revit environment and DDS-cad will be shown in this unit, as well as the Building Performance Analysis for energy and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environmental design. An important focus will be given to the interfaces between the architectural model, the plant engineering model, and the static and dynamic energy models.

BIM for infrastructural authoring:

BIM will be applied on a local scale with reference to GIS and on an infrastructural scale. Procedures and tools aiming to design and integration of infrastructures in the territory will be presented with Infraworks, Civil 3D, and other tools.

Coordination, review, and validation:

BIM, with the right model settings and information from the various disciplines, can be used as a tool to verify interferences, both from a model checking and a code checking viewpoint. At the end of this unit, students will be able to describe and compare verification tools such as Synchro, Naviswork, and Solibri (Model Checker).

Schedule and computing (4D and 5D):

Practical examples in various backgrounds will help to better understand the potential of tools and methods used for modeling, coordination, and verification, with the help of Synchro and Navisworks.

BIM for industrialization in construction and BIM to Field:

This unit focuses on Health, Safety & Risk Management, construction site safety, insurance, and project financing. Students will learn more about the tools used for BIM to Field and BIM for industrialization in construction.
We will move from scheduling and 4D planning of structures (Tekla Structures) to BIM+, a Nemetschek platform for BIM cloud modeling.
Regarding BIM to the field, this unit describes the visualization software to use on-site (Synchro, Tekla, Field 3D), laser scanning, placement tools, geoguide for earth movements, and drones.
Concerning BIM for industrialization in construction, the unit will illustrate some of the most innovative processes of steel structures, precast reinforced concrete, preassembled reinforcement production, curtain-wall production.

Building management and maintenance (6D and 7D):

Smart and cognitive buildings are quickly gaining steam. The main reason behind this is their ability to reduce energy, environmental and economic costs, which are more influential during the life cycle than the construction phase. To this purpose, we need to model the Digital Twins to interface with the most used managerial and domotics tools. The unit will show the domotics technology for energy and environmental management during the building’s whole life cycle. Students will see practical examples regarding H-BIM for both new and historical buildings.

Data analysis (Business Intelligence and Big Data) and the CDE for documents, data, and models:

The advantages of BIM new practices can be shared not only between the engineering departments in a single project but also provide connected digital flows through a more wide-ranging Common Data Environment, leading savings at all levels. Through digital flows, data is created and reused in several areas resulting in important time savings, by reducing rework and improving data accuracy during the life cycle of the infrastructure.

Every designer, consultant, and contractor competing for the project execution can implement their favorite digital tools, while the CDE gather contents as “digital components”. 3D Data project visualization can be integrated into other classifications in “4D” and “5D”. As a result, we have an illustration of the project during the execution phase, for example in the construction site.

The unit outlines Bentley’s technology for construction:

  • Survey, mapping, geo-localization in high definition
  • Concept and detailed modeling for horizontal and vertical infrastructures
  • Common Data Environment unique platform
  • Next-generation 4D and 5D
  • Data sharing from office to construction site

The following software will also be outlined:

  • ContextCapture
  • OpenRoads ConceptStation, OpenRoads Designer, Openrail
  • AECOsim Building Designer
  • ProjectWise
  • ProjectWise Construction Manager
  • Synchro
  • Navigator

Admission Requirements

Italian students or EU students with qualifications obtained in Italy

  • Qualification: the achievement of a degree in Italian can be self-certified by completing the appropriate space on the application for registration.

Italian students or EU students with qualifications obtained abroad

  • Declaration of local value given by the Italian Representation abroad territorial jurisdiction (Italian Embassy or Italian Consulate) on complete letterhead with its original stamp;
  • An official translation of the degree in Italian and legalized with an original stamp issued by the Italian Representing Institution for the abroad territorial jurisdiction (Italian Embassy or Consulate);
  • Academic title in an original or certified copy of the same and if the student does not have the above-mentioned documents must attach the graduate original certificate that fully replaces the university degree.

Students non-EU with qualifications obtained in Italy

  • Qualification: the achievement of a degree in Italian can be self-certified by completing the appropriate space on the application for registration;
  • A copy of the permit.

Students non-EU with qualifications obtained abroad

  • Certificate of identity issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Representation for overseas territory (Italian Embassy or Consulate);
  • Academic title in an original or certified copy of the same and if the student does not have the above mentioned must attach the graduation certificate in original that fully replaces the university degree;
  • An official translation of a degree in Italian and legalized with an original stamp by the Italian Representation abroad territorial jurisdiction (Italian Embassy or Consulate);
  • Declaration of the local value of Italian Representation for abroad territorial jurisdiction (Italian Embassy or Italian Consulate) on complete letterhead with its original stamp;
  • A copy of the permit.

Students who were born in a country outside the EU but which declares, on the application for registration, possession of citizenship in an EU country, you must attach a copy of an identity document which indicates the citizenship declared. Failure to submit a copy of the identity document entails the obligation to deliver a copy of the permit.

The declaration of local value should be requested to Italian diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate of Italy) in the country in which the qualification was awarded, the declaration establishes the local value of the degree obtained in accordance with the model set out in the circular of Ministry of Education prot. n. 658 of 21/03/2005. This documentation must be received by the Entity dispenser through diplomatic channels (Italian Embassies and Consulates), by mail or delivered in person.

To enroll in one of the Master of the School, the candidate must take the following steps:

  • The candidate must submit (within the limits established by the Academic Contract) by email the completed form to the Interview + your updated CV + a copy of the transfer of €100 as required by the module.
  • The candidate will be contacted via phone or email to set an interview for admission who do not focus on the technical content but on the evaluation of the candidate's CV and motivations.
  • Following the admission interview, the candidate will be notified (via email) for the outcome. If the candidate meets the requirements will be notified accordingly.
  • Only at this point, the candidate may decide whether to proceed with the registration or decline it.

In this case should be sent by mail (preferably registered) to:
Eng. Marco Zucca
School Master F.lli Pesenti
Polytechnic of Milan,
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci,
32 20133 Milano

The Application for Registration filled in every part, completed with Italian stamp and two Passport photos (one signed), together with a copy of the transfer of the first installment and the Application Form for billing.

  • Upon receipt of the documentation, the candidate will be Registered in the Master.
Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

Il Politecnico di Milano è un'università statale italiana a carattere scientifico-tecnologico, fondata il 29 Novembre 1863 a Milano con il nome di "Regio Istituto Tecnico superiore". I suoi campi di s ... Read More

Il Politecnico di Milano è un'università statale italiana a carattere scientifico-tecnologico, fondata il 29 Novembre 1863 a Milano con il nome di "Regio Istituto Tecnico superiore". I suoi campi di studio e ricerca scientifica comprendono l'ingegneria, l'architettura e il design. Il Politecnico rilascia i titoli accademici di laurea, laurea specialistica e dottorato di ricerca ed è sede di diversi corsi di dottorato di ricerca e Master universitari. Attualmente l'Università conta circa 36.000 studenti iscritti. Read less