In the Building Informatics specialisation, you work with specification, design, implementation and evaluation of ICT solutions in the construction industry. You learn about the construction industry's business processes, information needs and communication analysis, and you gain in-depth knowledge of management and interdisciplinary collaboration.
In the first, second and third semesters, you use half of your study time on courses and the other half on project work in self-selected groups. You then conclude your Master's programme with your Master’s thesis in the fourth semester.
FIRST SEMESTER: DESIGN AND PROJECT PLANNING IN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
In the first semester of the specialisation, you work with design and project planning in building construction. You work with alternative designs of selected construction elements and methods of execution, and you learn about time use, construction costs, workplace layout, schedules and cost estimates associated with payment plans.
SECOND SEMESTER: VIRTUAL BUILDINGS AND DATA REPRESENTATION
In the second semester of the specialisation the focus is on construction models in a broad sense and on the underlying data representations. This is based on the overall construction process for a major construction project. You will learn which data representations and modelling tools suit different stages – including design, simulation, analysis and BIM (Building Information Modelling). The course content is integrated in the project work, and you analyse the flow of information on a building project and draw up a proposal on how to ensure effective communication in the future between the parties and their respective IT tools.
THIRD SEMESTER: SPECIFICATION, DEVELOPMENT, TESTING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ICT-SUPPORTED USER ENVIRONMENTS
In the third semester, you acquire the theoretical and practical background for actively participating in specification, development, testing and implementation of ICT-supported user environments for collaboration and communication. You learn how to specify user needs and requirements for systems and to evaluate them. In the project work, you may work on, for example "ICT-supported Collaboration and Usability Engineering" or "ICT-supported Execution, Delivery and Facilities Management".
FOURTH SEMESTER: MASTER’S THESIS
In the fourth semester you write your final project, your Master’s thesis. The thesis is done alone or in small groups of up to three students. As a rule, the thesis is based on an issue in the construction sector and thus is often done in close collaboration with the business community.