Students taking the civil engineering or energy and indoor environment programmes use the most recent computer tools available so they are well-equipped for working life and able to contribute knowledge to the industry.
Knowledge of these tools is necessary in order to be competitive and flexible, and Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) makes sure that it is up to date in the field of computer technology.
By using Building Information Modelling (BIM) concept, for example, all digital building information can be more easily coordinated and utilised in all phases of building and construction – the data models follow the project from start to finish.
All those involved in the project communicate through the models, which ensures high quality, fewer mistakes and a more efficient building process, administration, operation and maintenance.
Relevant computer programs relating to BIM that are currently used in HiOA’s teaching activities are: Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Robot, AutoCAD, MagiCAD and Solibri.
Other relevant computer solutions used are:
- geographical information systems such as Geodata ArcGIS and GIS/LINE
- digital pricing of tenders using ISY-G-PROG, SmartKalk
- calculation and inspection of electrical installations in FEBDOK
- hydraulic calculations of duct networks and water supply networks using MIKE URBAN
- calculation, verification, validation, documentation and reuse of technical calculations in MathCAD
- Matlab, the computer program used in maths teaching activities
- infrastructure and communications and transport design using Trimble Novapoint
- indoor climate and energy simulations using IDA ICE
- calculating the flow of liquids (fluid dynamics) in Star CCM+
- digital plan data prepared in Focus Arealplan
- heat and moisture transfer in specific parts of buildings simulated in WUFI Pro 1D
- assessment of biological activity (e.g. mould) in building materials with the use of WUFI Bio
- energy calculations in buildings with respect to combined heat, air and moisture transport (HAM) simulated in WUFI Plus
- structural element analyses in TNO DIANA
- structural analysis using the finite element method (FEM) in Ansys
System requirements for students’ own computers at the Department of Civil Engineering and Energy Technology
The programme uses a lot of software that will only run on the Windows operating system, which students will have installed on their own laptops (PC, Mac is not recommended).
They should have at least 8 GB of memory and a fast processor (if Intel, at least Core-i5 multicore or equivalent).
We recommend a gaming laptop for their powerful graphics card in connection with 3D modelling and the possibility of connecting VR glasses. A good graphics card should be a priority.
It may also be an advantage to have an SSD disk and a matte monitor.