Digital Built Environment
Area of Study
Architecture, Construction Management, Design Management, Industrial Design
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis subject provides students with an introduction to the information technologies currently employed in the planning, design, construction and operations of the built environment. The subject focuses on how information technologies are applied in the construction industry, demonstrating the features, limitations, and benefits of existing and emerging tools. The subject provides an overview of new information technologies and project approaches, contrasting traditional ways of working with new digitally mediated practice. The following technologies are covered: GIS, internet, web portals and document management systems, building information modelling, data exchange standards, 4D construction simulation, 5D cost estimation, building management systems, commercial software, and hardware such as wireless systems, barcode readers, and handhelds. The subject includes industry studies of applications of IT in the construction industry from leading industry practitioners.Subject objectivesOn successful completion of this subject students will have achieved the following:1. knowledge of the main information technologies used on building projects and within architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) organisations2. understanding of web-based electronic document / project management systems and their application in building projects3. understanding of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and their application in property planning, land use and development processes4. understanding of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and ability to prepare simple models using 3D CAD software5. understanding of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) concept, its technologies and processes, and its application throughout the building lifecycle6. appreciation of different AEC modelling and analysis software and how it is used to optimise building solutions relative to environmental and structural design objectives, construction planning and scheduling requirements, and cost estimation activities7. knowledge of interoperability and appreciation of common formats for data exchange8. appreciation of the types of computer hardware used on construction sites, such as wireless systems, mobile computing, barcode readers, and handhelds9. knowledge of IT adoption and implementation challenges facing industry and appreciation of measures that can facilitate wider implementationThis subject also contributes to the faculty's five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (see 'Graduate Attribute Development') through the following course intended learning outcomes:Ability to effectively apply a variety of communication skills and technologies in professional contexts (C.1)Ability to work effectively in project teams in professional contexts (C.2)Ability to provide and utilise innovative and creative solutions to industry/project issues and problems (I.2)Ability to be adaptable to changing processes, developments, methodologies and technologies in built environment contexts (I.3)Ability to understand and operate effectively within the social, legal and technical framework of the design and construction process (P.01)Ability to apply the body of knowledge underpinning construction project management practice (P.02)Ability to effectively manage the interface between design and construction processes for projects (P.03)Ability to work effectively within multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environments (P.04)Ability to demonstrate digital technology literacy and competency (P.05)Ability to appreciate changing methods of project procurement, advances in construction technology and new developments in digital technologies (P.07)The ability to demonstrate an understanding of construction technology and structural principles (P.12)Ability to engage in critical and reflective thinking in built environment contexts (R.1)Ability to apply research to facilitate critical thinking and problem solving processes (R.4)Ability to source, evaluate and use information within defined parameters (R.5)Teaching and learning strategiesWeekly on campus: 1hr lecture and 2hr tutorial supplemented by online learning.The learning activities in this subject involve a variety of lectures, tutorials and online teaching strategies. Lectures involve face-to-face content delivery employing the use of media and electronic resources to enhance the theoretical delivery of the subject. Regular guest lectures from industry practitioners and case studies will be utilised to demonstrate digital technologies. Emphasis will be placed on independent student prereading of lecture material to facilitate greater understanding of each lecture topic area. The tutorial program utilises software applications, the UTS CAD Learning tool, and online quizzes to link theory and application. Students are further supported through the use of UTS Online offering subject material and information and moderation with the subject lecturer.ContentGeographical Information Systems (GIS)Internet, Web portalsDocument/Project Information Management SystemsComputer-Aided Design (CAD)Spatial and land use analysisBuilding Information Modelling (BIM)Commercial modelling and analysis softwareData exchange standardsBuilding management systemsHardware such as wireless systems, barcode readers, and handheldsVirtual & Augmented RealityAssessmentAssessment task 1: Group Case Study ProjectIntent:The case study project enables students to research in groups a recently completed building project so as to share, build and demonstrate their understanding of the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) during the design, construction and/or operational phases of the building lifecycle and how ICT was used to innovate and/or add value.Objective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 5 and 6This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):C.1, C.2, I.3, P.02, P.04, P.05 and P.07Type: Case studyGroupwork: Group, group assessedWeight: 30%Criteria:Assessment criteria will be handed out with the assignment brief and discussed in class.Assessment task 2: Topic QuizzesIntent:The quizzes will allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the Digital Built Environment.Objective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 4, 5, 6 and 7This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):I.2, P.01, P.03, P.05, P.12 and R.5Type: Quiz/testGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 25%Criteria:Assessment criteria will be discussed in class and outlined on UTS online prior to students taking the quizzes.Assessment task 3: Modelling ExerciseIntent:Students will develop skills in simple 3D modelling and a working knowledge of information management throughout the design process.Objective(s):This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):I.2, P.01, P.02, P.05, P.07, R.1 and R.4Type: Laboratory/practicalGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 45%Criteria:Assessment criteria will be handed out with the assignment brief and discussed in class.Minimum requirementsStudents must achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 50% to pass this subject
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.