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Why ENCE 426

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is revolutionizing the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. Designers and builders are moving away from traditional methods rooted in 2-D processes. BIM leverages developments in computing technology to facilitate 3-D, 4-D and 5-D processes. The result is more efficient and greener buildings, a faster design process with less errors, and faster, safer construction. As BIM continues to change the way people design and construction buildings, it is imperative that students and professionals have an thorough understanding of BIM concepts and how BIM is used during each phase of a project.

ProfessorJason T Dreher, PEJason T Dreher, PEStats Credits 3 Offered* Fall On-Campus, Spring On-Campus Prequisite Permission


Construction documents

-How traditional 2-D construction documents are developed
-The structure of typical project teams
-Reading and coordinating drawings—architectural drawings, structural drawings, civil drawings, MEP drawings
-Understanding the content of drawings and specifications

Building information modeling

-Basic BIM concepts and the BIM ecosystem
-How BIM is used by various project team members
-BIM for engineering, construction, and facility maintenance
-Integrated project delivery

Autodesk Revit

-Software interface and general modeling tools
-Modeling techniques
-Linking models and 3-D coordination
-Clash detection

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Offered: Fall On-Campus, Spring On-Campus*
Week 1Course Introduction
  • Syllabus Review
  • Broad Introduction to BIM and Construction Documentation
  • Contact Vehicles
  • Project Delivery Methods
  • Introduction to construction documents
Week 2Construction Documents
  • Construction materials
  • Building & site substructure
  • The building shell
Week 3Construction documents
  • Building Services
  • Drawing coordination
Week 4Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • BIM introduction
  • Parametric modeling
  • The BIM ecosystem
  • How & why BIM is used
Week 5BIM
  • BIM analytics
  • IPD
  • BIM in construction
  • The future of BIM
Week 6Midterm Exam
  • Semester to date
Week 7Computer Lab
  • Revit instruction
Week 8Computer Lab
  • Revit instruction
  • Introduce course project
Week 9Computer Lab
  • Revit instruction
  • Course project
Week 10Computer Lab
  • Revit instruction
  • Course project
Week 11Computer Lab
  • Revit instruction
  • Course project
Week 12Computer Lab
  • Revit instruction
  • Course project
Week 13Thanksgiving BreakWeek 14Computer Lab
  • Revit instruction
  • Course project
Week 15Computer Lab
  • Course Wrap-up
  • Discuss Final Project

*All course content, including schedule, topics, and books are subject to change semester-to-semester. Course costs are dependent on students' individual situations, including but not limited to, online vs on-campus enrollment, in-state vs out-of-state enrollment, and scholarships. Not all books on this page may be required readings and additional readings may be assigned. Please check the UMD Schedule of Classes for most up to date semester offerings. Instructors give students specific semester details once they are enrolled.