BIM Strategy and Concepts (ACM015) and BIM Application (ACM016)

The Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University provides industry led undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to highly relevant awards and degrees. Situated on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK, the university provides facilities that will have a real influence on your capacity to learn.
The teaching staff have an outstanding reputation for quality and academic research and their track record in graduate employment is the best in Scotland. Their range of degree courses include online degrees as well as traditional taught courses in subjects as diverse as art and design, management and engineering.
Resonating through our culture is the desire to foster collaborative relationships with local, regional and global communities to develop socially responsible citizens and promote ethical behaviour.
Robert Gordon University offer two distinct CPD modules:

  • BIM Strategy and Concepts (ACM015)
  • BIM Application (ACM016)

Learning will take place through the University virtual campus (CampusMoodle) with a mix of online lectures, tutorials and self guided study. Each topic within the module will have a number of self required and obligatory activities aimed at emphasising the learning. You will also contribute to a number of discussion forums on particular subject matter and case studies.
The university welcomes applicants holding an honours degree in architecture, architectural technology, surveying, engineering, planning or any associated discipline. The course may also be of interest to graduates from a design background, including interior design and product design. They also welcome applications from people working in industry, where they recognise practical experience as an entry qualification to the CPD programme.
The modules are assessed through coursework assignment, including where appropriate group working activities.
Both formative and summative (graded) feedback is provided through their online system. In addition, students are encouraged to engage in online discussion with other students, which we have found provides an excellent way to give and receive feedback as studies progress. 
Cost/fee for attendance: £600 per module
Address: The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment, The Sir Ian Wood Building, Riverside East, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7GJ UK
Name of CPD contact: Professor Richard Laing
T: 01224 263716

How Virtual Reality saves time and resources (VR for Architecture)

How Virtual Reality saves time and resources (VR for Architecture)

To demonstrate how the sensation of actually being inside a building makes VR a powerful and money saving tool for communicating design intent.


  • To explain how virtual reality works for architectural technologists and designers.
  • To demonstrate the benefits of virtual reality to architectural technologists and designers 
  • To understand the benefits of adopting model based design, including mobile communication via iOS and Android.
  • To enable architectural technologists and designers to competently decide whether to adopt virtual reality for specific projects.
  • To inform architectural technologists and designers of current practices and developments in model based technology.

Delivery: Blended approach using face to face presentations and web based online workshops
Intended audience: Architectural studios and CIAT members aiming to learn about VR and the latest model based technology

Cost/fee for attendance : There is a nominal fee of £10.00 each delegate for the VR viewer

Applecore Designs Limited have over 20 years’ experience, in implementing innovative design software and solutions for the construction industry and in delivering training programmes at all levels, to support understanding. Our client base ranges from smaller businesses to multi-discipline design studios across the UK. We regularly deliver presentation sessions for CIAT and RIBA members. Our training and coaching courses are aimed at users of all abilities, offering a more coherent, consistent and quality learning experience.
Address: The Courtyard, 10 The Square, Alvechurch, Birmingham, B48 7LA
Name of CPD contact: Scott Berry
T : 0121 447 7788

All about BIM Level 2 (films) — Here you will find access to three free modules followed by a short quiz to test your knowledge amounting to 90 minutes CPD

BIM Level 2: Module 1 - Gives an overview of the rationale behind the use of BIM and demonstrates problems that can be avoided. Running time 9:29

BIM Level 2: Module 2 - Looks at the challenges and some of the drivers for change within the Global industry. Also introduces HMG Construction Strategy. Running time 10:41

BIM Level 2: Module 3 - Looks at core documents, online tools and templates to support the implementation of BIM Level 2. Running time 11:00

Now test your knowledge by clicking here to take the short quiz.

BIM Level 2 Essentials

CPD title: BIM Level 2 Essentials

Topic area(s) and/or specialism(s) for the activity: BIM

CPD description:

This online course aims to equip participants with BIM best practice, which when adopted leads towards efficient delivery, driving excellence, preventing accidents and saving time and money – both now and in future years. The course offers participants a solid grounding in BIM:

  • an insight into processes;
  • a good understanding and knowledge of the key principles of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2, which can be applied locally while still being consistent with the industry internationally;
  • an awareness of the emerging buildingSMART International information standard;
  • relevant knowledge and capabilities to achieve internationally recognised good practice;
  • awareness of other international developments such as open BIM initiatives formed to facilitate interoperability;
  • an understanding of BIM from a whole life cycle perspective;
  • knowledge of where to access standards and resources to take learning back into the workplace.

The final online exam is a first step towards BRE Academy Membership and BIM Certification for Individuals

Successful completion of the course provides participants with 14 hours CPD.

This course is suitable for any professional involved in the planning and delivery of construction projects, whether at the design, construction and even the operational phase, from architects to engineers, to facility managers using BIM to monitor their assets.

This course is accessible online 24/7. There is however a classroom alternative training course, which is delivered at BRE training centres on a regular basis, and in-house upon request. For further information and bookings of classroom courses, please contact the BRE Academy office: or call +44 (0)333 321 8811. The online course can be found at:


Cost / fee for attendance: £195+VAT online

CIAT members can secure this price (which represents a 15% reduction on the standard price) by using the discount code CIAT15.

Entry requirements (if any): There are no pre-requisites for attending this course. However, an understanding of procurement and construction is recommended before taking the course.

CPD Assessment (if any): The course will be assessed via an online multiple-choice test.

BIM Level 2 for Information Managers

CPD title: BIM Level 2 for Information Managers

Topic area(s) and / or specialism(s) for the activity: BIM

CPD description: 

This online course is the second stage of the BRE Academy’s BIM series.  Successful completion of the course qualifies delegates to apply for BIM Certification for Individuals with BRE Global. The course leads to a practical working understanding of the management of information within the BIM Level 2 process.

Having completed this course, delegates will have a practical understanding of BIM management, standards, methods and procedures, and a deeper understanding of the BIM environment.

Course content:

  • Information management
  • Information management roles
  • Defining the information delivery cycle
  • Defining task information management responsibilities
  • Employers Information Requirements
  • Plain Language Questions
  • Pre-contract BIM Execution plans
  • Post-contract award BIM Execution Plans
  • Standards, methods and procedures (SMPs)
  • Need for defined SMPs
  • Production SMPs
  • Modelling SMPs
  • Common Date Environment approval gates
  • Asset Information Models
  • Soft Landings
  • Defining and understanding COBie
  • Applying the Common Data Environment process.

On completion of the course there is a multiple-choice online test. Successful completion of this test will provide eligibility to apply for BIM Certification for Individuals.

This course is suitable for professionals who will be required to manage or contribute to the BIM process. It is specifically aimed at those who undertake either project or task specific information management roles.

This course provides participants with 12 hours of CPD.

The course is accessible online 24/7. There is however a classroom alternative training course, which is delivered at BRE training centres on a regular basis, and in-house upon request. For further information and bookings of classroom courses, please contact the BRE Academy office: The online course can be found at:

Entry requirements (if any): Delegates must have completed the BIM Level 2 Essentials course (online or classroom) before registering for this course.

Cost / fee for attendance: £300 + VAT online

CIAT members can secure this price (which represents a 15% reduction on the standard price) by using the discount code CIAT15.