The Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) Department of Architecture Wood and Civil Engineering is introducing a new continuing education course; “CAS Digital Timber Construction”. Targeted at construction professionals and craftsmen. This new Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) teaches the concepts, methods and technologies needed to engage digital design data across the full scope of building processes.

Digital tools and methods are increasingly being implemented in design, planning, and building. As the construction industries adopts new tools, well-trained professionals with advanced skills and knowledge of these technologies will be needed to implement the future of Digital Timber Construction.

To engage this emerging demand, the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) Department of Architecture Wood and Civil Engineering is introducing a new continuing education course; “CAS Digital Timber Construction” this autumn. Targeted at construction professionals and craftsmen, and with a focus on construction in the wood sector, the new Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) will begin in October 2016, and will address the concepts, technologies and methods for networking digital data across the full range of building processes.

Fast, precise and cost-effective constructions through digital coordination

Evolving regulations, economics, and client expectations are persistent pressures on the development of contemporary architecture. Modern projects require interdisciplinary teams to create holistic solutions that improve the quality, sustainability and life cycle potential of the resulting buildings.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is both software and a set of methods that allow practitioners to coordinate the many complex aspects of a construction project. BIM provides control and oversight of geometry, mass, materials and quantities and it enables tools for simulations and analysis, while concurrently ensuring that the flow of information is consistent across all trades and professionals in the project. Through the development of a robust digital description of a project BIM also facilitates direct engagement with digital fabrication and robotic construction.

Unterschiedlicher Level of Detail (LOD) in einem Gebäude / Different Levels of Detail (LOD) in a building

Unterschiedlicher Level of Detail (LOD) in einem Gebäude / Different Levels of Detail (LOD) in a building

CAS Digital Networking in Timber Construction

The new CAS program will focus on teaching professionals how to develop projects using digital tools and processes. The program will focus on:
• Digital construction processes: Design, planning, execution, management
• BIM (Building Information Modelling): Definition and basic comprehension, understanding of specialized information models, interfaces, etc.
• Digital Fabrication: Solid-modelling, parametric modelling, CAD-CAM, robotic fabrication, and development of a CAD-CAM-“digital chain”
• Digital networking and concepts of industry 4.0
The BUAS Department of Architecture Wood and Civil Engineering is a worldwide leading institute for developments in timber engineering and construction. With this new CAS programme the BUAS will further support and encourage professionals and the construction industry to evolve their skill base, implement new innovations, and optimize the sustainability of timber construction in Switzerland.

Information

Start und Duration: October 26th, 2016 until April 2017
Start: October 2016
Duration: 6 months
Course Credit: 12 ECTS Credits
Target group: Senior professionals from construction, timber construction, engineering, project management, production management
Prerequisites: University graduate degree (University of applied sciences, university or ETH) or diploma as technician HF with at least two years of work experience.
contact person: Thomas Rohner, Prof. for Timber Construction and BIM, Head of Studies, email: thomas.rohner@bfh.ch
Information: Office for Continuing Education, Biel, Phone: +41 32 344 03 30, email: wb.ahb@bfh.ch
Further information and applications: www.ahb.bfh.ch/casdigitalevernetzung
Links: www.nccr-qsit.ethz.ch und www.dfab.ch