Professional course BIM in Construction Operation

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Architecture and the Built Environment
Five days over nine weeks
Lectures and practical sessions (on-campus)
Course Director
Trina Ratcliffe-Pacheco

Page last updated 11 March 2022


Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design, Construction and Operations is fast becoming the industry standard approach to designing, analysing, and managing building lifecycle. 

BIM in Construction Operation looks at a range of BIM approaches and applications for construction planning and operations, including simulating construction schedules and logistics, buildability forecasting and clash detection.

Entry requirements

Participants are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent), or alternatively have industrial experience. We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the course or assessment.

If you are a non-UK student you will need to show your valid passport on entry to the UK. Please check your eligibility to visit and study in the UK here. If you are a non-Irish EU national currently resident in Ireland please contact us for further advice.

If English is not your country's first language, you will be required to provide evidence to show you meet the UK Border Agency and the University's minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on our English Language Requirements webpage regarding required levels for study.

Careers / Further study

This module can be taken as a stand alone module, or used to build up credit towards a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Environment and Technology Awards:  BIM in Design, Construction and Operation; Building Surveying.



On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate current practice in the use of BIM for construction operations;
2. Simulate construction schedules and logistics using BIM to communicate and evaluate project activities;
3. Apply BIM for buildability scenario forecasting, including interference management and clash detection;
4. Use BIM for construction system design;
5. Evaluate the role of BIM for site utilisation planning;
6. Critically analyse BIM for phase planning;
7. Assess collaborative practices in a multidisciplinary team;
8. Work as part of a team.

Learning and Teaching

Blended delivery: 5 days for face to face teaching (on campus) and 5 online lectures (pre-recorded). Should changes in Government and/or public health restrictions require it, we will change all face to face lectures to online delivery.

This delivery will be supported by virtual discussion groups and other resources made accesible through our virtual learning environments (VLEs).

Study time

This module will involve a total of 12.5 hours direct contact time (on campus) and 10 hours of online lectures (pre-recorded).

Students undertake a significant amount of directed and independent study between and after the sessions.

To complete the module and assessment, if taken, we recommend students allocate approximately 150 hours including taught sessions and personal study time. This is only a guideline and will depend on the participants' motivation and learning abilities.


The module will be assessed through a practical skills assessment and a written report.


Study facilities

UWE Bristol has invested significantly in online and campus resources to support your study.

We use the 'Blackboard Collaborate Ultra' online platform to deliver an integrated learning experience and you also have access to a vast number of professional and academic journals and databases online through the UWE Bristol library.

The University has excellent facilities, accessible to all students, as required, however, it is expected that much of the work will be carried out within the work environment.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Course dates

This course is planned to run again in 2023. Course dates, updated fees and online booking forms will be published here in the summer of 2022. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available. 

Cohort Dates 2023TimesLocation
TBC09:30-17:00Frenchay Campus

Should government restrictions be enforced this module will move to online delivery.

Course fees

As an indication, the cost of this course was £667 UK and £1146 for International participants in the last academic year, so there might be a small increase for 2023. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available. 

All prices are VAT exempt

CohortFebruary 2023
UK students£TBC
International students£TBC

For information on fees, managing your money and determining your fee status, please go to our fees and funding pages.

Course location

UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

How to find UWE Bristol

How to apply

How to apply

This course is planned to run again in 2023. Course dates, updated fees and online booking forms will be published here in the summer of 2022. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available. 

As this module carries university accreditation, once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information for the Programme Leader to review and formally accept your application as required by the university.

  • An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including contact details of a work or academic reference)
  • A brief personal statement to support your application
  • A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied
  • For UK students, a copy of your photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport).
  • For non-UK students, a copy of your current passport. Please note you may need a Visitor Visa to come to the UK to study less than 6 months. Visit UWE's Visas webpage for more information.
February 2023 Enquire Now

For further information

  • Email: For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, assessments, submissions, etc. please contact the Programme Leader directly ( For queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. fees, etc. please contact us using the on-line enquiry form or phone number below.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81043 (option 1, then option 3)