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DESC9674: Building Information Management

This unit will introduce students to the theory and practice of building information management and modelling. The unit starts with building management, which brings knowledge and skill on how to operate buildings to optimise performance. It also introduces Building Information Modelling (BIM), which is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. Building information models are shared knowledge resources about a facility, forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle from earliest conception to demolition. The unit explores the wider use of building information models not only in design but also in construction management, facility management, post construction evaluation, and retrofitting. By bringing together the building management and the information modelling, the unit responds to emergent requirements within the building sector for new tools and practices to offset the growing complexity in the design and construction of high performance buildings.


Academic unit Architectural and Design Science
Unit code DESC9674
Unit name Building Information Management
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Block mode
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

DESC9200 and DESC9014
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Jungsoo Kim,
Lecturer(s) Steve Fox ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Bricks and mortar and augmented reality
40% Week 10 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Optimised design with BIM
Design and report
60% Week 14 (STUVAC) 1000 word
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
  • Bricks and mortar and augmented reality: Utilising tools in Revit, the student will follow step by step instructions from the instructor to model a ‘Revit basic house’ for a hypothetical client. The model will be exported into Rhinoceros where materials will be applied and when complete will be exported into a format suited to Augmented Reality (AR). Students will upload their model into an online application, enabling them to showcase their AR creation to their client on a mobile device.
  • Optimised design with BIM: The hypothetical client has been living in the ‘Revit basic house’ for two years, however, they have approached you complaining the lower level living room is too exposed to direct sun, and the house overall is subject to excessive heat gain in summer months. They have requested that you provide proposals to optimise the building in terms of thermal comfort and energy performance, but without interfering too much with the views to the outside. Utilising tools in Revit, the student must demonstrate a proposal in answer to the client brief through a report supported with numerical and visual data.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Work of outstanding quality, demonstrating mastery of the learning outcomes assessed. The work shows significant innovation, experimentation, critical analysis, synthesis, insight, creativity, and/or exceptional skill.


75 - 84

Work of excellent quality, demonstrating a sound grasp of the learning outcomes assessed. The work shows innovation, experimentation, critical analysis, synthesis, insight, creativity, and/or superior skill.


65 - 74

Work of good quality, demonstrating more than satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes assessed, or work of excellent quality for a majority of the learning outcomes assessed.


50 - 64

Work demonstrating satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes assessed.


0 - 49

Work that does not demonstrate satisfactory achievement of one or more of the learning outcomes assessed.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Unit introduction; 2. BIM explained; 3. Digital architectural model creation; 4. Digital model review and digital tools Lecture (7 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 02 1. Training 1/2 day - model federation; 2. Visual experience design; 3. Computational design; 4. Digital prototyping Lecture (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 Training day: Revit modelling, rhinoceros editing, augmented reality applications Lecture (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 1. Digital engineering - structural and civil; 2. Digital facilities management; 3. Digital space management; 4. 3D coordination and clash detection Lecture (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Training day: Revit modelling, Revit data extraction, cloud-based solar and daylight analysis Lecture (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

The School’s requirement of 90% attendance is waived. Participation in this unit is required via online components.

Please refer to the Resolutions of the University School:

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply knowledge of BIM into real-world practices, including architectural design, civil and structural design, building services design, 3D spatial coordination, contracts and procurement, construction management, and lifecycle management
  • LO2. use Revit and convert models to ubiquitous file formats
  • LO3. apply knowledge of digital tools into real-world practice
  • LO4. demonstrate an understanding of emerging technologies and future trends
  • LO5. apply skills of modelling to evaluate sustainable design proposals
  • LO6. present and report outcomes of design analysis.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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