Qualification awarded
Length of the programme
6 months
ECTS credits
Level of qualification
Dutch, with parts in English, English
  • School of Architecture & Built Environment
  • Groningen

Minor Built Digital

Profile of the programme

The minor in Built Digital explores new developments and working methods associated with the ongoing digitisation of the construction sector. BIM (Building Information Modelling), Automation and Robotisation are all developing at rapid pace. These new working methods are set to become the new construction industry standard in the near future.
A growing number of parties within all disciplines of the construction sector are adopting new processes and open standards as well as developing suitable new working methods. The adoption of these methods is driving the development of a 'next-dimension' Building Information Model: a digital representation of all physical geometrical and functional characteristics. This model serves as a shared knowledge source for all stakeholders: a digital database file with building information that can serve as a reliable basis for decision-making during the structure's entire life cycle. This life cycle extends from the very first sketches to the design phase, construction, management, maintenance, and even demolition and recycling.
The BIM methodology is based around four central pillars: process, guidelines, technology and people. Various minor courses have been structured around these key themes. Unlike more traditional approaches on the basis of layers and steps, the focus is on an ensuring an integrated process. This process is structured around circular 'loops' with specific preconditions and working methods, and is organised on the basis of continuous cloud-based information management. Integrated processes inevitably involve collaboration between numerous parties and teams, requiring project management on the basis of clear, previously agreed guidelines and standards. Project management should promote and support the supply, retrieval and processing of information during all phases. New technological possibilities should also be employed in an efficient and practical manner.
Students will have an opportunity to gather a solid knowledge base which can then be expanded through practical experience and lifelong learning. Last but not least, the use of integrated methods will enable effective communication between all parties. This communication involves the sharing of freely exchangeable data within collaborating teams. The aforementioned approach should help to achieve better outcomes than traditional working methods. Using integrated design methods and improved technological resources should demonstrably stimulate creativity and improve performance levels.


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