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CEG2721 : Spatial Data Modelling and BIM

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • 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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:309:00Revision for Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion25:0010:00Project submission
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00Mixture of lectures and seminars. 4 lectures featuring external speakers on BIM and GIS.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00Includes formative assessment.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading141:0014:00Homework questions for review in future lectures/blackboard feedback.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Project surgery in lab by staff
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:0032:00Background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A65N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M355 hours effort
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MCompleted within practical session.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A formal examination will be used to assess understanding of lectured concepts and principles. The integrated project will assess the computational technical skills of BIM and GIS developed by students. Progress in non-assessed practicals will be confirmed by formative assessments to be completed within the practical session.

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