I have been working (teaching and research) in Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) since 2003. From the same time period I have been involved in conducting various learning subjects. My professional background started with courses like hydraulics in various pipe networks that mainly focus on pipe network modelling itself and carrying out various analysis. In today’s 3D model based workflows, the hydraulics plays an important role for decision makers as well. From 2004 I have been working with the state of the art building information modelling tools as a professional trainer, consultant and therefore have great teaching skills in post graduate sector as well as having tight relationships with various companies that are leading the building information modelling practices in private and municipal sector. The practice from private sector has helped me to start lecturing also building information modelling (BIM) subjects (from spring 2016). First courses in terms of BIM, fell into buildings (vertical BIM) category. My main focus in vertical BIM category is engineering systems (mechanical, electrical and plumbing). Mainly because knowing hydraulic principles, helped me to see the development of 3D pipe design tools and combining such data with building energy analysis. Therefore, while teaching vertical BIM subjects, my general teaching workflow starts from preliminary design concepts and moving forward by conducting building energy analysis that are bridging the gap to make right decisions for detailed design. While being involved in vertical BIM for quite long time, the next logical step was to move into horizontal BIM area (infrastructure, roads, and utility network). At the same time, in spring 2016, I had a great opportunity to make an introductory BIM course for civil engineering students. The focus of tools was different and the scale of BIM as well. But the main BIM principles apply at both areas. Again, the interest about BIM for infrastructure came from private sector, where I’m currently involved as a consultant, working directly for Finnish company that shapes and defines BIM for infrastructure knowledge at global level. It is clear that BIM for infrastructure is using vertical BIM at the same time (civil constructions, bridges, etc.) and my strong background in vertical BIM has helped me to manage and keep going both knowledge areas. Recent focusing in BIM for infrastructure has helped to combine my knowledge in hydraulic network and infrastructure models, where model based connected workflows are main principles for successful project delivery, execution and maintenance. The clear indicator about my competency in that field was also invitation to carry out BIM for infrastructure full course in the TTK University of Applied Science (started from spring 2017). In terms of lecturing I have been a great enthusiast propagating active learning methods and therefore all my main subjects do have a full e-course available that can be independently used during lecturing semester as well as for self-improvement or continuing education (openly available for guest users). Each semester those courses are taken through Open University of TTÜ as well. My e-learning enthusiasm has given me a possibility to be an Education Technology Officer in TTÜ Office of Academic Affairs. My main responsibilities here are to teach the teachers how to use e-learning tools effectively and how to develop engaging e-courses and therefore enhance the university’s visibility through open e-learning.
Main courses (with active links and available for guest entrance) in Tallinn University of Technology (also listed in: Appendix A) :
- Building information modelling basics (BIM I) – full e-course available in Moodle (given in spring semester)
- BIM for infrastructure (InfraBIM) basics – full e-course available in Moodle (given in spring semester)
- Water Pipelines and Modelling – full e-course available in Moodle (given in autumn semester)
Main courses as invited lecturer in TTK University of Applied Science:
- Building information modelling in road construction – full e-course available in Moodle (ginve in spring semester)