The philosophy of the Building Information Management course reflects the increasingly digital, multi-disciplinary and integrated nature of project delivery, influenced by the demand from governments and clients for greater efficiencies on construction projects. These efficiencies can be gained from more accurate prototyping, simulation, costing, planning, design, production and operation, and will be an output of sound information management and data input to Building Information Modelling (BIM) software.
The unique nature of Westminster´s Building Information Management MSc is the focus on ´Management´, which will create professionals who are able to manage the whole construction process and the information associated with this. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
Applicants to the full-time course should typically have a minimum Upper Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area such as construction, architecture or civil engineering or a minimum Lower Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area, and be in, or have been in, relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity. Applicants to the part-time course should have a minimum Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area and be in, or have been in, relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity in a construction related post.
Alternatively, you may hold membership of a recognised construction-related professional body achieved through examinations and/ or professional interview, and have professional or managerial experience in a construction-related post. Exceptionally, consideration will be given to applicants who lack standard qualifications but have significant relevant professional or managerial experience.
If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 6.5.
BUILDING INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND INTEGRATED PRACTICE
This double module covers the implementation of Building Information Management and Integrated Practice, throughout the project life cycle from inception to project delivery, asset performance and efficient disposal/adaptation/recycling of the building/project. The principles of client requirements, critical success factors and sustainability are addressed and developed within the project prototype, aiding the analysis of project options to improve the delivery and asset performance. Evaluations of software tools, in the context of multi-dimensional modelling, are analysed for both new build and retrofit projects.
The module introduces the principles of integration and collaboration across the entire supply chain to increase improved project delivery in line with the Government Construction Strategy. Analysis is made of the socio-technological skills that are required by BIM professionals to implement these changes in project delivery.
Assessments are made of the structured methodologies, monitoring and control systems employed in the systematic delivery of a BIM construction project. The module introduces the concepts of whole life costing, sustainability, information creation, management, distribution, utilisation, benchmarking, operating and lifetime benchmarking throughout the project life cycle.
In this module you will investigate strategic management issues in relation to organisations that commission and deliver construction projects.
In this module you will identify a topic directly related to construction management which will provide a basis for a research study. You will develop explicit research goals and devise an appropriate research methodology, undertake the research study and produce a dissertation.
ECONOMICS OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
In this module you will look at the economics of the construction sector, the economic environment in which construction firms operate, and the economic role of the construction industry both nationally and internationally.
In this module you will look at the key stages in the process of procuring consultants and contractors for construction projects, the critical success factors, client requirements, the statutory and legal framework, the concept of best value, shortlisting and pre-qualification.
RISK MANAGEMENT FOR PROJECTS
In this module you will investigate the management of uncertainty and risk in a construction project environment, examining qualitative, but mainly quantitative, techniques.
BUILDING DESIGN MANAGEMENT
You will gain an understanding of the function of design management and its efficient integration into project management processes. You will examine devising and applying techniques for the design of major construction projects, taking particular account of client needs, future proofing, procurement structure and adaptability.
CONSTRUCTION PROJECT PLANNING
This module covers the key principles of construction project planning, from initial briefing to managing the construction process. You will consider the analysis of management systems in the context of successfully co-ordinating and delivering a construction project, and monitoring and control systems.
DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE PROJECT TEAMS
In this module you will look at the selection, development and maintenance of effective and efficient teams throughout the duration of the construction project. You will study the principles of team selection, group dynamics and appraisal, and the process of identifying client requirements for team deliverables.
This course is aimed at graduates who are, or have been, in construction-related employment who aspire to senior positions in the construction industry.
Enhancing students´ employability and industry connections is a key aim of the course. In 2013 Westminster ran Project Intermission, in partnership with industry mentors DMA Architects, Studio Klaschka and Gardiner & Theobald. Students from various built environment disciplines worked collaboratively on a ´real´ project for a ´real´ client, with input from industry practitioners, using cutting-edge Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies. From this project, construction student Kevin Hernandez secured a work placement with AECOM. Project Intermission was also shortlisted for a CIOB International Innovation and Research Award 2013
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