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CEG2721 : Spatial Data Modelling and BIM (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Henny Mills
  • Lecturer: Dr Luke Smith
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module introduces students to the modern computer-based approaches employed to represent and manage spatial data and information for survey and geographic information systems applications. The course concentrates on both the underpinning theory and applied aspects of how digital spatial data captured by a range of digital devices is modelled within information systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module syllabus will introduce students to the emergent standards employed in information systems for the capture and representation of spatial data. On the basis of these standards the course will cover a wide range of different spatial scales of spatial data and information modelling for information systems representation including; internal and external building model detail for BIM (Building Information Management); 2D spatial models of man-made and natural features; 2.5D spatial models; 3D modelling and representation of man-made objects; multi-scale representation and information systems. Aspects of project management are introduced and the theory and practice of modern spatial data modelling are combined through the module long project that builds into a portfolio of assessed materials. Practicals will be used to expose students to the practice of spatial data modelling via a module long individual integrated project.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Lectures, PIP
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials71:007:00Lectures, non-synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00Computer based activity (PiP x3hr)
Guided Independent StudyProject work33:009:00Coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Seminar PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery32:006:00Coursework help session, synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study159:0059:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to present the underlying theory and principles of spatial data representation, management and modelling. Practical sessions will allow students to apply the theory in relation to a module long integrated project. Seminars will expose students to cutting edge industrial relevance of BIM and GIS within the use of spatial information systems in the built and natural environment.

Alternatives, can be offered to students with scheduled synchronous online activities. The practical’s can also be based on Azure or WVD and supported with online drop in sessions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M50Revit activity
Written exercise1M50BIM research
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment exercises will assess the computational technical skills of BIM and GIS developed by students.

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