VU22678 – Use building information modelling (BIM) technology for a project




Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies. The unit covers an overview of the technology, explores the applications of the technology and its use for a given project.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.


Application of the Unit

This unit is applicable to individuals using BIM technologies to facilitate project management and add value to project deliverables through the design and implementation of effective collaborative models.





1. Explore applications of building information modelling (BIM) for the project

1.1   Define BIM deliverables for the project context

1.2   Identify benefits of BIM for the project design and specifications

1.3   Determine the advantages and limitations of BIM for the project

1.4   Confirm the range of relevant software programs that can operate within the BIM platform

2. Prepare to use BIM technology and terminology for project

2.1   Identify scope of work and project duration

2.2   Confirm project stakeholders impacted by BIM technology

2.3   Confirm BIM functionality with other software programs in accordance with organisational and project requirements

2.4   Communicate an appropriate collaborative model for implementation for the duration of project

2.5   Ensure integrity of data, including format, is retained in accordance with organisational procedures and project requirements

2.6   Establish communication protocols to use relevant BIM data with project stakeholders in accordance with project requirements and data sharing procedures

3. Apply BIM technology for a project

3.1   Communicate and collaborate with various stakeholders using a common BIM models for the duration of the project

3.2   Manipulate, share and contribute BIM data for the project in accordance with organisational and project requirements, as appropriate

3.3   Manage project contingencies in accordance with organisational and project requirements, as required

3.4    Record and report BIM performance, project outcomes and areas for improvement, in accordance with organisational and project requirements.



This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit.


Required Skills:

  • communication and interpersonal skills to promote BIM and its features to project stakeholders
  • determining BIM functionality with a range of software programs
  • reading and accurately interpreting relevant design specifications and guidelines
  • operating relevant information technology for project
  • manipulating and operating software for mixed or blended reality programs
  • analytical and problem solving skills for project

Required knowledge:

  • relevant industry and BIM terminology
  • benefits and key features of BIM applications
  • BIM documentation requirements
  • strengths and limitations of using BIM
  • project management strategies



The Range Statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold / italicised wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Software programs include but are not limited to:

  • Revit Autodesk
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Graphicsoft ArchiCAD
  • Autodesk Architectural Desktop
  • Bentley AECOsim
  • Assorted other architectural design programs ie. SketchUp, Rhinocerous
  • Other software that supports Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)
  • CADwork
  • hsbCAD

Stakeholders include but are not limited to:

  • authorities, including local government
  • engineers, including structural, mechanical, hydraulic, fire, civil, security. etc
  • architects and designers
  • materials and product manufacturers/suppliers
  • contractors, including trades, installers, fabricators – onsite, offsite and office roles
  • building owners
  • facilities management
  • developers
  • design and construction analysts, including Quantity Surveyors, Environmentally Sustainable Design, Acoustic, Traffic etc

Collaborative model include but is not limited to:

  • communication
  • coordination
  • supply chain management
  • problem solving
  • planning
  • documentation
  • BIM terminology
  • mapping out workflows
  • exchanging files (model and data)
  • data management & maintenance

Contingencies include but are not limited to:

  • time blowouts
  • budget shortfalls
  • software functionality
  • communication problems
  • supply chain/logical issues
  • data transfer or sharing issues
  • contract management
  • legal issues, including intellectual property





The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Elements, Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment section in Section B of the Accreditation Submission.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

To be considered competent in this unit, the candidate must demonstrate all of the elements of competency to the level defined by the associated performance criteria and utilising the required skills and knowledge to:

  • explore applications of building information modelling (BIM) for the building project
  • apply BIM technology for a project in collaboration with stakeholders
  • develop and apply appropriate collaborative models for project context
  • communicate project processes effectively to stakeholders for project duration.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Evidence should show competency working in a realistic environment and a variety of contexts. The candidate will have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required.

This unit may be assessed on the job, off the job or a combination of both. Where assessment occurs off the job, then an appropriate simulation must be used where the assessment  reflects realistic workplace situations. The competencies covered by this unit would be demonstrated by an individual working alone or as part of a team. The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate.


Methods of assessment

Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including:

  • observation of processes and procedures;
  • oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills;
  • testimony from supervisors, colleagues, clients and/or other appropriate persons;
  • inspection of the final product or outcome;
  • portfolio of documentary evidence.

Where performance is not directly observed and/or is required to be demonstrated over a period of time, any evidence should be authenticated by colleagues, supervisors, clients or other appropriate persons.


Software/Hardware Used