CIV5899 - Infrastructure information management - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Yihai Fang

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (Online)


This unit will equip the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to describe and apply innovative technologies and tools in the planning, construction and operation of infrastructure projects. Students will learn the state-of-the-practice and latest research advancement in a range of technologies, including Building Information Modelling (BIM), laser scanning, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR). At the end of this unit, students will be able to identify legitimate innovation and recognise it for the value it offers to the infrastructure sector.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe what innovation is and why innovation is important to the construction industry.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of recent successful innovations in building and infrastructure sectors.
  3. Reflect on the enablers and barriers to innovation adoption from the perspectives of government, client, leadership and employee.
  4. Assess the benefits and limitations of innovative technologies and tools, such as BIM, laser scanning, UAS and VR/AR.
  5. Demonstrate the application of BIM tools and the BIM workflow for planning, construction and operation tasks in infrastructure projects.
  6. Critically reflect on professional practices to assess the pros and cons of technological innovations.


Continuous assessment: 100%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

The minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The workload includes 2 hours lectures/tutorials and 10 hours of private study per week.

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