Welcome to the course DIA BIM, as part of CAD/logic didactical offer.

This course is about the digital revolution and its power to disrupt architecture as a process, as well as a product. 

Drawings have always been the main carrier to exchange information in architecture: we built what we could draw. As the digital revolution begun (4th quarter XXth cent.), architects started to use computers to aid the design process, to produce drawings and 3D visualizations. This was the CAD era. The Moore´s Law affirms: the power of computers doubles every 18 months (though the cost of computers is halved). With the tremendous amount of power available today, architects model the reality to build, instead of drawing it. Geometrical 3D-Models merge today with information, for example: instead of drawing two lines to represent a wall in a plan, we directly model an object which we call a wall, it´s in 3D, it appears in all our plans, and we how much it weights and how much it costs. This object-oriented approach defines the BIM methodology, which this course enforces and explains.

The course experience is 40% theoretical and 60% practical. Bi-weekly Theory classes provide the disciplinary and professional background to understand BIM, the state-of-the-art methodology for information exchange in architecture. It means: architect´s way to design, model, build and work together with other professionals. In-between, bi-weekly Hands-on sessions are meant to live experiment with an all-around workflow in BIM. Pivoting around Revit®, the course shows how to integrate parametric design with Rhino.Inside®.Revit as well as rendering and virtual reality with Enscape®. Because it´s logic, to move away from CAD.

After each Theory, a MS Forms is distributed: attendees shall answer and submit it in the next Theory class in two weeks. For the Hands-on part, the attendees works in pair and are part of two teams that will model the same area as one team. Submitting all forms is sufficient to pass this course with a 4.00 . Submitting also all exercises rewards a grade up to 2.00 .To get top Marks, a final submission is required - which refines the hands-on design exercise into a presentation level.