BIM Application for Engineers – Free Online BIM Course

Introduction. In order to effectively reach the goal of learning, students will get familiar with the model-building process. The second module of the course will be on how to use Autodesk Revit to build BIM models. We will use an example case and guide students to build a 6-story BIM model from the CAD drawings step by step. Then, in the following three modules, we will introduce three essential BIM applications one by one in each module, namely clash detection, quantity takeoff, and 4D simulation. We will use Autodesk Revit and Navisworks to build our BIM models in this course. Register for the BIM Application for Engineers course here.


Week 1 – Initiation

  • Reading: Welcome letter from NTU MOOCs
  • Video: Welcome to CAD/BIM specialization
  • Video: 101 Course overview
  • Reading: 102 Syllabus and FAQ
  • Reading: 103 Revit and Navisworks installations
  • Video: 104 BIM applications in building lifecycle

Week 2 – Modeling of a Building

  • Video: 201 Revit exercise: set up the project
  • Video: 202 Revit exercise: model the foundation
  • Video: 203 Revit exercise: model the structural elements and walls
  • Video: 204 Revit exercise: place doors and windows
  • Video: 205 Revit exercise: model stairs
  • Video: 206 Revit exercise: model decorations
  • Video: 207 Revit exercise: place equipment
  • Video: 208 Revit exercise: use the Join tool to join elements
  • Graded: Assignment 1
  • Graded: Assignment 2
  • Graded: Assignment 3
  • Graded: Assignment 4

Week 3 – Model Integration and clash detection

Week 4 – Quantity Takeoff
  • Video: 401 Introduction to quantity takeoff for construction
  • Video: 402 Revit exercise: a quick look at Revit schedules
  • Video: 403 Revit exercise: create quantity schedules
  • Video: 404 Revit exercise: customize settings for schedules
  • Video: 405 Revit exercise: create material takeoff schedules
  • Video: 406 Revit exercise: export and compile schedules
  • Graded: Quiz1
  • Graded: customize settings for quantity schedules
  • Graded: create material takeoff schedules
  • Graded: export and compile schedules
Week 5 – 4D Simulation
  • Video: 501 Introduction to progress planning for construction
  • Video: 502 Navisworks: get started
  • Video: 503 Navisworks exercise: add parameters to Revit model elements
  • Video: 504 Navisworks exercise: import models and tasks
  • Video: 505 Navisworks exercise: set task types
  • Video: 506 Navisworks exercise: save selection sets
  • Video: 507 Navisworks exercise: attach model elements to tasks
  • Video: 508 Navisworks exercise: add overlay text
  • Video: 509 Navisworks exercise: export TimeLiner simulations
  • Graded: Quiz 1
  • Graded: Assignment 1
  • Graded: Assignment 2
  • Graded: Assignment 3
  • Graded: Assignment 4
  • Graded: Assignment 5
  • Graded: Assignment 6
Week 6 – Closure 
Author of the Course
Prof. Shang-Hsien (Patrick) Hsieh
Founding Member, India BIM Association
Professor and Chairman, Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University

Dr. Hsieh is a Professor in the Computer-Aided Engineering Division of Department of Civil Engineering at National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan. He is currently serving as Chairman of Department of Civil Engineering in NTU and Director of the Research Center for Building & Infrastructure Information Modeling and Management in the Department. He is a member of Board of Directors of the International Society for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering Since 1999 and served as the society’s President from 2006 to 2008. He has a wide range of research interests, including engineering & construction simulations, engineering information & knowledge management systems, innovative engineering education, parallel and distributed engineering computing, earthquake engineering and structural dynamics, and object-oriented software development. Dr. Hsieh received his B.S. in civil engineering in 1985 from NTU, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University, U.S.A. in 1990 and 1993, respectively. From 1993 to 1995, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University, U.S.A. He joined the Department of Civil Engineering at NTU in 1995 and had since served NTU as the Chief of Extracurricular Activities Section in Office of Student Affairs, Vice-Chairman of Department of Civil Engineering, and Deputy Dean for Office of International Affairs. For queries, contact Prof. Patrick here.

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