Master in Project Management in Construction Works with BIM


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Program Description

This specializing master combines the teaching units of the specializing master "Project management in construction works" with the teaching units of the specializing master "BIM Manager". BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an increasingly important tool for the correct management of the design phase, construction sites, extraordinary maintenance works, etc., regardless of the size and complexity of the intervention in question. Knowing the digitization trends of the building sector and using them wisely, aiming at better performance and higher work quality, is becoming increasingly important for project managers in the civil and infrastructure sectors. For this reason, this specializing master will offer a greater number of teaching hours (if compared to each of the two specializing masters dedicated respectively to PM and BIM) distributed both in the first semester (November-March) and in the second semester (April-October), replacing the period of internship which is not required. Each student is going to write her / his master thesis that will be delivered to the Master School and defended in order to achieve the diploma by the Politecnico di Milano.

Ultimately, all PM tools, such as the PMI (Project Management Institute) and IPMA (International Project Management Association) certifications, the NEBOSH HSE certification in process safety management, all the information required to become a lean green belt project leader, together with forensic engineering principles and FIDIC contract management will be further expanded and made even more useful through the use of BIM (Building Information Modeling) software for architectural design, structural design, plant design, and facility management.


Master Degree in e-Learning Mode

Each student will have access to her/his own personal account on the Moodle e-learning platform (which is among the most widely used platform globally for online lifelong learning). Here the student will find all the videos of the lessons in streaming, all the teaching material downloadable as pdf files, the calendar of the lessons, and the contacts of all the teachers.

Through her/his own personal account each student will be able to follow the lessons in two ways: the Synchronous Way while the lessons will be made in the classroom and the student will be able to participate as if she/he were present; and the Asynchronous Way after the videos of the lessons, the teaching material, and the contacts of the teacher will be uploaded on the platform, and there will remain at disposal of all the students every hour of the day, every day of the week, and for the whole duration of the master.

Therefore, even after the end of the lessons, all the students will have many more months to access their personal accounts on the platform and delve as deep as they deem necessary and useful into the contents of all the lessons. Until they write and defend their master thesis, and finally graduate.

Didactic Modules

Fundamentals of management engineering: 

The unit aims to bring the student closer to the fundamentals of management engineering. In particular, the focus will be on external accounting - balance sheet with related documents, elementary accounting operations, reading the balance sheet and indices - on internal accounting - management control and main techniques, short-term balance, and break-even analysis. Attention is also paid to the valuation of investments, DCF, and non-DCF valuation methods; to supply chain planning - outbound logistics, production, supplier evaluation and planning, and control cycle; finally on project management - organization by projects, reticular control techniques, planning, and re-planning.

NEBOSH International General Certificate course: 

The unit aims to provide technical skills of risk assessment, identification of preventive measures, planning, design of procedures to prevent or reduce risks during the execution of works, identification of critical phases, ability to coordinate activities to avoid dangerous interference, emergency management (fire - accident - earthquake - attacks - natural disasters in general). The unit provides all the information needed to take and successfully pass the exam to achieve the NEBOSH certificate, which is the British Standard for safety in and arrangement of construction sites.

An Introduction to Value Averaging: 

Every person / professional should plan her / his financial situation as a company does: the turnover corresponds to the salary of a person, the company costs correspond to the living costs of the person and her / his family, the fcf (free cash flow) of a company corresponds to the cash that a person manages to save every month. Just as a company must invest its fcf to grow, so also a person needs to know how to invest her / his savings in order to generate a financially solid and secure situation in the long term. A value averaging investment strategy is useful to achieve such a goal.

Project Management Certification PMI (CAPM® e PMP®): 

The unit aims to prepare students to obtain the prestigious certifications issued by PMI®, helping to understand the fundamental approaches, methods, and techniques of the PMBOK® Guide. The course is structured in modules and includes classroom days and exercises for the application of the techniques. The course is valid as compulsory training for eligibility in the CAPM® and PMP® exams.

IPMA® International Project Management Certification (Level D, Level C, Level B, Level A): 

The unit aims to train students according to the IPMA (International Project Management Association) skills model called ICB® (Individual Competence Baseline).

In addition to the technical and methodological skills of the PM, the ICB also covers those defined as "behavioral" and "contextual".

The IPMA model provides 15 behavioral skills that the PM must develop as well as those of a technical nature. Leadership results in orientation, openness, negotiation, reliability, conflict, and crisis management are some of the behavioral skills that are treated within this teaching unit.

The unit provides also the discussion of elements defined as "contextual" that complete the skills of a PM (finance, legal, hsse, technology, business, permanent organization, etc.).

The course offers the opportunity to access the Level D IPMA certification which does not require working experience prerequisites, or to higher levels, if the participant meets the working experience prerequisites.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Project Leader: 

The Lean organizational model and the Six Sigma problem-solving methodology represent two important tools for all those companies that wish to improve their performance, thus introducing a continuous improvement program for their workforce. The Green Belt Project Leader training allows course participants to conduct improvement projects within companies and at the same time to develop their own project management skills. Lean Six Sigma projects improve business processes and offer the opportunity to acquire cross-functional skills essential for holding managerial roles. It is no coincidence that General Electric, one of the companies that have helped to develop the Six Sigma methodology in the first place, used this training path to make its managers grow and improve. The management and data analysis skills acquired through a Green Belt Project Leader course are the key to achieve high levels of competitiveness and, together with digitalization, provide the main founding elements of Industry 4.0.

Real estate valuation and valorization:

The unit is divided into two main parts.

The first one, dealing with real estate valuation, is made up of four modules organized in two parts:

  • framework of the problem, from a technical, economic and managerial point of view;
  • case studies, as widely documented and presented by representatives of well-known companies in the real estate sector.

The second part of the course deals with the tools and methods for real estate valorization. This part aims at presenting the process of real estate valorization, illustrating the methodologies and the technical, economic, and managerial means that might lead to the best practices and results.

The unit is sponsored by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The unit will be held by professors of the Politecnico di Milano, by some experts in the real estate sector, and will benefit from the contribution of leading representatives of some of the most important companies and/or organizations operating in the real estate sector (CBRE and Generali Real Estate, Beni Stabili Siiq, Generali Real Summer and Royal Value Sgr.)

How to become a certified project manager:

The new procurement code, the ANAC Guidelines No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 and the DPCM scheme for the definition of the technical and organizational requirements for registration in the list of qualified contracting stations (art.38, paragraph 2 of Legislative Decree 50 of 2016) of February 2018, actually emphasizes the importance of project management activities both for ORs and for professionals involved in civil and infrastructural works and/or engineering and architectural services.

And that is why there is the possibility of being certified as project managers in accordance with Law 4/2013 and the UNI 11648:2016 Standard, and be registered in the appropriate Accredia list.

But how can you become a certified project manager according to the law and the aforementioned standards? Admittedly, the process for potential candidates is often confusing; what are the steps to be taken in order to achieve this certification, and what is the optimal path to follow, and which prospects can a project management certification offer?

This didactic module aims at providing all the necessary information for adequate participation in the exam for the so-called "Third-party certification" of project management in compliance with Law 4/2013 and UNI 11648:2016. This exam is to be carried out by a Body of Certification officially recognized and accredited by Accredia. Certified PMs will be registered in the appropriate Accredia register, as required by law.

This unit first introduces the students to the law and regulations. The teacher will explain with adequate documentation the reasons why it is convenient to become a certified project manager and to be included in the appropriate list of Accredia, both for the ORs, for professionals, for engineering companies, and companies in general. In fact, in all those contracts managed with the criteria of the most economically advantageous offer, both for construction works and for architectural/engineering services, the scores assigned to the organizational aspects in any bid tend to be higher if and when certified project manager figures are involved.

Finally, for the purpose of adequate alignment with a course about project management in the field of civil and infrastructural works, the teacher will discuss case studies in which the teacher himself has been a project manager or consultant for project management activities. These case studies are meant to give the students practical knowledge that might turn out to be very useful during the exam to become a certified project manager.

Introduction to contract management for FIDIC contracts (Online):

This course will describe in detail all aspects of the FIDIC Contracts which are relevant for contract management. It will be a “hands-on approach” in real cases with professionals of international experience. During this course, certain aspects of risk management will be illustrated.

The students will learn:

  • Generalities for all FIDIC models of conditions of the contract.
  • Focus on FIDIC model contracts: the Rainbow suite, 1999 & 2017 editions, contract conditions, choice of the model.
  • Procurement rules, tender preparation, pre-qualification, post-qualification.
  • The parties and the engineer, roles, and responsibilities.
  • FIDIC clauses 1, 2, 3: definitions, the employer, the engineer.
  • FIDIC clause 4: the contractor.
  • FIDIC clause 5: Red Book vs. Yellow and Silver Book.
  • FIDIC clause 6: staff and labor.
  • FIDIC clause 7: plant material and workmanship.
  • FIDIC clause 8: commencement, delays, and suspensions. The program.
  • FIDIC clause 10: employer's taking over.
  • FIDIC clause 11: defects liability.

BIM management for integrated processes:

Introduction to BIM (Building Information Modeling) and its applications for conscious integrated design. The potential of BIM, the state of the art and previous experiences are illustrated. Among the topics, the Principles of Program Management, the value chain of Real Estate, and the role of ICT, Project Collaboration, and the Internet of Everything are illustrated. The new roles created by BIM, the procedures, the BIM Guides, the BIM Execution Plan. Executive leadership and change management. Panorama of the offer. Creation of RFI and RFP. The purchasing process. Building Information Exchange. Interoperability of data (OpenBIM, Building Smart, IFC). Data management and Cloud.

BIM and the architectural authoring:

Autodesk BIM modeling and interfaces with dedicated analysis software: Introduction to Revit and tools for integrated design; The potential of the software, the architectural modeling, the drafting of the graphic works, the management of the families, and the basic tools and the photorealistic restitution are illustrated. Indications are provided on how the models must be prepared so that there is the possibility of correctly exchanging graphic data and information with other specific applications.

BIM and the MEP authoring (building performance analysis):

Revit for integrated design: modeling with the use of tools for the design of Revit systems and Building Performance Analysis; energy and environmental design. The teaching unit illustrates both the areas related to MEP and the parts relating to energy modeling. The approaches will be linked both to the use of Autodesk software and the most popular ones at the international level, both suitable for carrying out static and dynamic analysis.

BIM for the evaluation of costs in construction and facility management: 

BIM-based design is inherent to the different dimensions of BIM. Specific focus is presented on the work's planning, on the configuration of the order information system. The Work Plan (BIM 4D), the budget estimate and management (BIM 5D), the facility and property management (BIM 6D), the monitoring and controlling of the projects, and the remote management of the construction site are also illustrated.

Admission Requirements

Italian students or U.E. students with qualifications obtained in Italy

  • Qualification: the achievement of a degree in Italian can be self-certified by completing the appropriate space on the application for registration.

Italian students or U.E. students with qualifications obtained abroad

  • Declaration of local value given by the Italian Representation abroad territorial jurisdiction (Italian Embassy or Italian Consulate) on complete letterhead with its original stamp;
  • An official translation of the degree in Italian and legalized with an original stamp issued by the Italian Representing Institution for the abroad territorial jurisdiction (Italian Embassy or Consulate);
  • Academic title in an original or certified copy of the same and if the student does not have the above-mentioned documents must attach the graduate original certificate that fully replaces the university degree.

Students non-EU with qualifications obtained in Italy

  • Qualification: the achievement of a degree in Italian can be self-certified by completing the appropriate space on the application for registration;
  • A copy of the permit.

Students non-EU with qualifications obtained abroad

  • Certificate of identity issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Representation for overseas territory (Italian Embassy or Consulate);
  • Academic title in an original or certified copy of the same and if the student does not have the above mentioned must attach the graduation certificate in original that fully replaces the university degree;
  • An official translation of a degree in Italian and legalized with an original stamp by the Italian Representation abroad territorial jurisdiction (Italian Embassy or Consulate);
  • Declaration of the local value of Italian Representation for abroad territorial jurisdiction (Italian Embassy or Italian Consulate) on complete letterhead with its original stamp;
  • A copy of the permit.

Students who were born in a country outside the EU but which declares, on the application for registration, possession of citizenship in an EU country, you must attach a copy of an identity document which indicates the citizenship declared. Failure to submit a copy of the identity document entails the obligation to deliver a copy of the permit.

The declaration of local value should be requested to Italian diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate of Italy) in the country in which the qualification was awarded, the declaration establishes the local value of the degree obtained in accordance with the model set out in the circular of Ministry of Education prot. n. 658 of 21/03/2005. This documentation must be received by the Entity dispenser through diplomatic channels (Italian Embassies and Consulates), by mail or delivered in person.

To enroll in one of the Masters of the School, the candidate must take the following steps:

  • The candidate must submit (within the limits established by the Academic Contract) by email the completed form to the Interview + your updated CV + a copy of the transfer of €100 as required by the module.
  • The candidate will be contacted via phone or email to set an interview for admission who do not focus on the technical content but on the evaluation of the candidate's CV and motivations.
  • Following the admission interview, the candidate will be notified (via email) for the outcome. If the candidate meets the requirements will be notified accordingly.
  • Only at this point, the candidate may decide whether to proceed with the registration or decline it.

In this case should be sent by mail (preferably registered) to:
Eng. Marco Zucca
School Master F.lli Pesenti
Polytechnic of Milan,
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci,
32 20133 Milano

The Application for Registration filled in every part, completed with Italian stamp and two Passport photos (one signed), together with a copy of the transfer of the first installment and the Application Form for billing.

  • Upon receipt of the documentation, the candidate will be Registered in the Master.
Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

Il Politecnico di Milano è un'università statale italiana a carattere scientifico-tecnologico, fondata il 29 Novembre 1863 a Milano con il nome di "Regio Istituto Tecnico superiore". I suoi campi di s ... Read More

Il Politecnico di Milano è un'università statale italiana a carattere scientifico-tecnologico, fondata il 29 Novembre 1863 a Milano con il nome di "Regio Istituto Tecnico superiore". I suoi campi di studio e ricerca scientifica comprendono l'ingegneria, l'architettura e il design. Il Politecnico rilascia i titoli accademici di laurea, laurea specialistica e dottorato di ricerca ed è sede di diversi corsi di dottorato di ricerca e Master universitari. Attualmente l'Università conta circa 36.000 studenti iscritti. Read less