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The microcredential provides an in-depth understanding and practical skills for industry professionals interested in digital engineering for infrastructure and facilities. Participants are introduced to digital engineering project strategy and set up, survey and existing conditions modelling, project coordination, and quantity take-off for planning, cost and carbon estimation. The microcredential addresses an industry-recognised need to establish core competencies in Digital Engineering as foundational areas of study for contemporary infrastructure and facilities engineering projects.

About this microcredential

The Digital Engineering for Infrastructure and Facilities microcredential provides a comprehensive curriculum designed to equip learners with the knowledge and practical skills required to bridge traditional project delivery and the rapidly evolving digital practices that underpin data centric engineering and construction processes and more strategic approaches to asset data management. The program provides the theoretical foundations and applied experience in the principles and practices of Digital Engineering implementation. With a focus on the technical skills and real-world project scenarios, the microcredential includes a targeted scope that covers the following four blocks:

  • Digital strategy, setup and collaboration
  • Survey and existing conditions modelling
  • Design coordination
  • Quantity take-off for planning, cost estimating, and carbon quantification.

Key benefits of this microcredential

By successfully completing this microcredential, participants will be well-prepared to take a leading role in the implementation of digital engineering on infrastructure and facilities projects, making them more efficient, sustainable, and adaptable to the evolving needs of modern methods of design and construction management. The core areas covered in the program include:

  • Digital Engineering Standards and Frameworks
  • Information Management and the Asset Lifecycle
  • Project Setup and Best Practice Collaboration
  • Managing site, GIS, base map, and digital survey data of existing conditions
  • Project Coordination, multidisciplinary clash detection and data verification
  • Reviewing technical designs against project specifications, standards, and stakeholder expectations
  • Model-based quantity take-off for planning and cost estimating
  • Introduction to model-based carbon measurement.  

Upon completion participants will receive a UTS Microcredential Certificate and Digital Badge in ‘Digital Engineering for Infrastructure and Facilities’.

This microcredential aligns with the 12-credit point subject, Digital Engineering for Infrastructure and Facilities in the Master of Engineering, Master of Engineering (Extension), Master of Environmental Engineering Management, Master of Engineering Management and the Master of Professional Engineering.  This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions. 

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is suitable for professionals looking to enhance or consolidate foundational skills in information management as it relates to BIM and Digital Engineering. The microcredential prepares participants for engaging with new digital ways of working, providing a comprehensive grounding in the core enablers of structured data. This includes, but is not limited to, the following roles:

  • Design Managers
  • Technical Managers
  • Systems Assurance Managers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Civil Drafts People
  • Surveyors
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Project Controls Managers
  • Project Information Managers
  • Engineering Designers
  • Architects
  • Early Career Digital Engineering Managers
  • Early Career BIM Managers
  • Early Career BIM Coordinators.  


Full price: $2,237 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Enrolment conditions

Microcredential purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

This microcredential is structured into four distinct blocks, with a week to complete assessment interspersed between each block. Each block includes self-study materials and facilitated online lectures and workshops:

Block 1: Digital Strategy, Setup & Collaboration (Weeks 1-3)

Participants will develop skills in creating a unified, shared project vision to ensure coordination across disciplines, collaborative teamwork, and minimisation of potential conflicts. Participants also build practical skills in the setup of master data management schemas and tools, and establishing and effectively utilising a Common Data Environment, supporting data creation, validation, sharing, and updating of workflows. This block therefore focuses on the role of communication, selection of technology, and design of digital workflows.

Block 2: Survey and Existing Conditions Modelling (Weeks 5-8)

This block introduces participants to the intricacies of surveying and modelling existing conditions, cultivating practical knowledge across several pivotal topics essential to the implementation of digital engineering in linear infrastructure projects, including: Site, GIS & Base Map Data; Digital Survey (Digital Terrain Modelling); Managing Point Cloud & GIS Data; Geo-referencing and Model Setout.

Block 3: Project Coordination (Weeks 11-14)

Develop your expertise in design coordination covering the essentials of coordinating infrastructure systems, including streamlined multidisciplinary coordination, identifying and resolving discrepancies early and minimising errors. Acquire the skills to verify and validate project data, ensuring accuracy, relevance, and completeness. Navigate the common challenges in data management, understanding how to maintain data integrity throughout the project lifecycle. Delve into the structured process of reviewing technical designs, ensuring they meet project specifications, standards, and stakeholder expectations. Learn how to facilitate collaborative design reviews, gather feedback, and make informed adjustments to designs, promoting project success.

Block 4: Quantity Take-Off for Planning, Cost and Carbon (Weeks 16-19)

The focus of this block is on model- based quantity take-off and is tailored to equip participants with the skills and knowledge required to harness Digital Engineering and 3D models to support the quantification of project essentials, facilitating planning, cost and carbon estimating. Participants will dive into the nuances of extracting accurate quantity take-offs from 3D models, facilitating detailed project planning, near real-time cost updates as the design evolves, and the innovative use of 3D models for carbon measurement.

This microcredential will cover the main datasets, processes and technologies of Digital Engineering and the role of Building Information Modelling. The course content and case studies span the Acquisition Phase (design, build, integrate and accept) , providing deeper insight into digital project delivery using integrated data-driven approaches.  

Course delivery

The course involves interactive online workshops, small group projects, large group discussions and individual industry-based digital projects. Authentic assessment is informed through industry partners, reflecting the work-ready requirements of digital and model-based information management.  


This microcredential course was developed with the support of the Australian Government’s Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education.

Course learning objectives

This course is designed to provide you with:

  • Principles and concepts of Digital Engineering, and the role of international and national information management standards
  • Knowledge of digital engineering strategy and project setup, including process of developing a unified and shared project vision with client agencies
  • Practical skills in establishing and effectively using a Common Data Environment (CDE) to support linear infrastructure projects, including how to build metadata into the Contractor-CDE from the start
  • Understanding of the relationships between CDE processes, data schemas and tool chains that make up the wider technology ecosystem on major infrastructure projects
  • In-depth knowledge of the key phases of information management across data creation, validation, sharing, and updating workflows
  • Selection and specification of technology and digital workflow design
  • Knowledge of surveying and modelling existing conditions, including: Site, GIS & Base Map Data, Digital Survey (Digital Terrain Modelling)
  • Management of Point Cloud & GIS Data, and Geo-referencing and Model Setout
  • In-depth knowledge and skills in design coordination, including multidisciplinary clash detection for infrastructure, and data verification of project data
  • Practical skills in establishing processes supporting technical design review
  • Model based quantity take-off for estimating project essentials, supporting planning and cost
  • Introductory knowledge on the utilisation of model-based quantities for carbon measurement.  


Your understanding of foundational knowledge, applied concepts and core enablers of Digital Engineering and Building Information Management (BIM) will be measured by your capacity to articulate solutions to problem-based assessments through short tests, projects and practical work, creation of digital models, reports and presentations. 

The weighting for each assessment type is indicated in brackets.

  • 4 x short quizzes (1 per module) (40%)
  • 4 x case study activities (60%)

Quizzes (40%) - Two quizzes will be undertaken online in the Canvas learning management system.

Case study activities (60%) - this graded assessment task is an individually completed activity, which may either take the form of a practical activity or a written report.  



To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing.  You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Mentimeter, and Muralme. You may be required to install Citrix Workspace on this computer. Slide Presentations will be made available in Adobe Acrobat as a PDF.  


A background in engineering or construction related disciplines, or one year of relevant work experience on infrastructure construction projects, and basic familiarity with general CAD or BIM concepts is recommended for participants in this course

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