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BIM for Architects
Course Code - EC-EL-BA






Course Overview

BIM (Building Information Modeling) for Architects is a powerful approach that aligns with both the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Plan of Work and ISO 19650, an international standard for managing information using BIM. This integration brings numerous benefits to architects, enabling effective collaboration, enhanced information management, and improved project coordination throughout the entire lifecycle of a construction project.

The RIBA Plan of Work is a well-established framework for managing architectural projects, consisting of several stages from strategic definition to post-occupancy evaluation. ISO 19650, on the other hand, provides principles and requirements for the organization and management of information throughout the BIM process. Let's delve into how BIM for Architects can be effectively applied in accordance with the RIBA Plan of Work and ISO 19650 at each stage of a project.

Course Content

Topic 1

Strategic Definition Stage

Fundamentals of BIM​

  • The Introduction to BIM and ISO 19650 module provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of Building Information Modeling (BIM) principles and the ISO 19650 standard. Participants will learn the fundamentals of BIM, including its benefits, processes, and collaborative workflows. They will also gain insights into the ISO 19650 standard, its key requirements, and its role in driving consistent and efficient BIM implementation.

  • Through practical examples and case studies, participants will explore how BIM and ISO 19650 support information management, data exchange, and coordination throughout the project lifecycle. They will develop a solid foundation for applying BIM and adhering to ISO 19650 requirements in their future projects.

Topic 2

Preparation and Brief Stage

Setting up Common Data Environment

  • The Setting up Common Data Environment module, aligned with ISO 19650, equips participants with the knowledge and skills to establish a compliant and efficient Common Data Environment (CDE) for BIM projects. Participants will learn about the key principles and requirements outlined in ISO 19650 for data management, collaboration, and information exchange.

  • Through practical exercises and case studies, participants will gain practical insights into implementing ISO 19650-compliant processes, data structures, and security measures within a CDE. They will also explore strategies for effective collaboration and coordination among project stakeholders while adhering to ISO 19650 guidelines.

Topic 3

Conceptual Massing

Organic Modelling

  • The Organic Modelling module equips participants with the skills to create complex and realistic organic forms using BIM software. Participants will learn techniques for sculpting, manipulating, and refining natural shapes, curvatures, and intricate details commonly found in architectural elements. They will enhance their ability to create visually stunning and intricate organic designs for architectural projects.

Algorithmic Designing

  • The Algorithmic Modelling module introduces participants to the principles and techniques of parametric and generative design using BIM software. Participants will learn how to create complex and customizable forms by leveraging algorithmic workflows, scripting, and design automation. They will develop the skills to optimize design variations, explore innovative solutions, and enhance their design capabilities through computational design processes.

Environmental Analysis

  • The Environmental Analysis using BIM module explores the integration of BIM with environmental analysis tools to evaluate and optimize building performance. Participants will learn how to assess energy efficiency, daylighting, thermal comfort, and other environmental factors to inform design decisions. They will gain practical skills in conducting simulations, analyzing results, and implementing sustainable design strategies using BIM software.

Topic 4

Spatial Coordination stage

Detailed Modelling

  • The Detailed BIM Modelling module focuses on developing participants' proficiency in creating highly detailed and accurate 3D models using BIM software. Participants will learn advanced modelling techniques, including complex geometry, parametric components, and detailed building elements. They will explore strategies for model optimization, clash detection, and coordination with other disciplines. The module also covers best practices for creating detailed construction drawings, schedules, and quantity takeoffs from the BIM model, enhancing the overall project documentation process.

BIM Validation (BIM Audits)

  • The BIM Validation module, aligned with ISO 19650 standards, provides participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively validate and verify BIM models for compliance and quality assurance. Participants will learn the requirements and guidelines outlined in ISO 19650 for data exchange, model information, and coordination. They will explore validation techniques and best practices to ensure BIM models meet the required standards, consistency, and accuracy. The module also covers the use of BIM validation software tools and workflows for efficient model verification and compliance checks.

Topic 5


  • The BIM Documentation module focuses on equipping participants with the skills to generate comprehensive and accurate documentation using BIM software. Participants will learn how to create construction drawings, schedules, and specifications directly from the BIM model. They will explore best practices for organizing and managing project data, creating annotation and dimensioning standards, and automating documentation processes. The module also covers strategies for maintaining consistency, version control, and collaboration in BIM documentation workflows, ensuring efficient and reliable project delivery.

Module 6

Manufacturing and Construction Stage

4D BIM Analysis

  • The 4D BIM Analysis module provides participants with the knowledge and skills to perform time-based analysis and simulations using BIM models. Participants will learn how to incorporate scheduling data and project timelines into the BIM model to visualize and analyze construction sequences, identify potential clashes, and optimize project schedules. They will explore techniques for creating animated visualizations, generating construction simulations, and evaluating project progress and phasing. The module also covers the integration of 4D analysis with other BIM processes, enhancing project coordination and communication.

5D BIM Analysis

  • The 5D BIM Analysis module focuses on leveraging BIM models for cost estimation and project budgeting. Participants will learn how to integrate cost data and quantities into the BIM model to perform accurate cost analysis, generate detailed quantity takeoffs, and track project expenses. They will explore strategies for creating cost schedules, conducting cost simulations, and evaluating project options based on budget constraints. The module also covers the integration of 5D analysis with other BIM processes, enabling better cost control and project decision-making.

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