Building Modeling for Design & Construction

Building Information Modeling plays a significant role in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. It encompasses a range of dynamic computer representations that incorporate layers of detail with high levels of accuracy.

This foundational Building Information Modeling course introduces techniques for creating, managing, and applying building information models in the building design and construction process. The course covers processes and tools for creating, organizing, and working with 2D and 3D computer representations of building components and geometries to produce models used in architectural design, construction planning and documentation, rendering and visualization, simulation, and analysis.

There will be six design projects – each consisting of design and modeling work. All assignments will be individually scored and these determine the overall grade, there are no exams for this course.

Topics Include

  • Accurately model building elements (walls, doors, windows, roofs, circulation, infill, etc.)
  • Create custom parametric model elements and geometries
  • Model-based analysis (structural, energy use, and construction planning)
  • Performance-based, analysis driven design
  • Rendering, animation, and visualization
  • Time-phased design and design options

Note: this course is online-only. Lecture will not be captured on campus, all videos and materials will be available on the course platform.

Recommended for CEE MS Programs: Structural Engineering and Geomechanics (SEG), Sustainable Design and Construction (SDC)

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$4,368.00 Subject to change
Online, instructor-led
10 weeks, 9-15 hrs/week
Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Certificate: Virtual Design and Construction Track Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Certificate: General Track
Stanford School of Engineering, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability