The course is organized by NTNU in collaboration with Stanford University. Four concepts are included in the VDC framework:

integrated concurrent engineering (ICE)

building information modelling (BIM)

process and production management

goal management

VDC is a comprehensive framework for working interdisciplinary with project planning and implementation in the construction, civil engineering and real estate sector. It provides the opportunity to reduce costs, detect errors at an early stage and interaction with all parties involved - from the architect, consulting design engineers, client, project manager and skilled workers. The goal is to ensure that the projects are planned and implemented for the highest possible value.

As a methodology, VDC breaks down silos, provides informed and effective decisions, and clarifies the project objectives. VDC contributes to visual planning and clarification of project goals. This simplifies project implementation and knowledge sharing across disciplines. And specialists can be used in a more active way, where they can share knowledge in effective and thorough meetings.

The use of VDC competence provides better resource utilization, and contributes to the fact that one can benefit from specialist competence in a project where there was originally no room for it. Overall, VDC contributes to being able to deliver higher quality in the projects to clients.