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XTMB 1001 - Mass Timber Construction: Intro to Products, Layouts, Cost Estimation and Digital Project Delivery

Mass Timber Microcredential Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

The first module in this course gives an overview of the main characteristics and properties of mass timber products, including the advantages and challenges of their use in construction. The concept and advantages of prefabrication are discussed. The second module helps students become familiar with the overall layout of a construction site and the key safety aspects related to work conducted on a mass timber constructions site. In the third module, the basic tools and types of estimates are described in relation to the stages in building design. This module presents information from the perspectives of a professional quantity surveyor and a construction estimator advising a construction client early in the building design process. The fourth module gives an introduction to the application of digital tools in project delivery which adds to the efficiency of projects in the mass timber construction industry. Students will learn about Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) as part of a digital project delivery. In addition to the course content, students will learn about mass timber construction by reviewing several case studies.





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 48726

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This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 8 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This course is to be taken with XTMB 1002 - Mass Timber Construction: Intro to Installation, Building Performance and Construction Management, as part of the "Introductory Studies in Mass Timber Construction" Micro-Credential program. Registration into this course includes all related fees for both XTMB 1001 and XTMB 1002. For further information and approval to register for this course, please contact Ann Martineau at
  3. Important course information will be sent to you immediately after registering. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Module 1:

  • Describe the evolution of wood construction in Canada
  • Define mass timber
  • Discuss the advantages and challenges of mass timber use in construction
  • Identify the main types of mass timber products
  • Describe the primary uses of mass timber products
  • Compare the similarities and differences among the main types of mass timber products
  • Recognize types of construction that incorporate mass timber components
  • Explain the concept of prefabrication
  • Recognize the advantages of prefabrication
  • Describe the main types of prefabrication that apply to mass timber construction
  • Identify basic regulatory requirements for mass timber products

Module 2:

  • Describe the factors related to the site layout that must be considered on a mass timber construction site
  • Identify the main activity areas on a construction site

Module 3:

  • Define the concept of estimating
  • Describe the roles of professional quantity surveyors and construction estimators in construction projects
  • Identify the basic tools for estimating construction projects
  • Compare the basic types of estimates used in the different stages of project design
  • Describe the basic process and role of estimating in deciding between mass timber and other building materials
  • Explain the key considerations and major cost drivers for pricing mass timber
  • Compare cost differences between mass timber, steel and concrete structures
  • Identify basic cost considerations associated with construction projects
  • Describe ways to achieve cost efficiencies in mass timber projects
  • Identify the basic procurement routes for mass timber projects
  • Discuss the long-term costs and sustainability of mass timber projects

Module 4:

  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of digital project delivery
  • Describe the key stakeholder roles for effective digital project delivery
  • Outline the use of digital tools and models during project delivery process
  • Describe the use of digital models by different consultant groups
  • Describe the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in digital project delivery
  • Describe the use of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) in digital project delivery

Effective as of Fall 2021

Related Programs

XTMB 1001 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Introductory Studies in Mass Timber Construction
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Microcredential


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