VDC Certificate Program

Digital Transformation Leader in AEC industry | BIM, Virtual Design & Construction, VR, AR & Digital Twin


Learn, Transform, Lead. This program is a hands-on learning experience meant to help individuals and organizations migrate to digital workflows for their capital projects. Prof. Martin Fischer along with leaders at VIATechnik will share industry best practices on Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Building Information Modeling (BIM) and many more. Part of the course involves implementing key learning on actual projects - setting the stage for transforming your organizations. Capacity is limited - sign up today.
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As the built environment migrates to digital workflows across the entire building life-cycle - from concept to operations, traditional design and construction workflows are no longer sufficient to deliver projects on time and on budget. Designers, construction managers, engineers, and owners are being presented with various software tools and technology to apply to their capital projects. The question is, how do we use and implement these new tools to maximize outcomes?

The Stanford Center for Professional Development and VIATechnik are delivering the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) certificate program for professionals interested in achieving the full potential of their projects through VDC. Built upon the foundation work by Dr. Martin Fischer, Director of Stanford's Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, the concepts covered will include Building Information Modeling (BIM), integrated Concurrent Engineering (ICE) and Lean.

Furthermore, the program incorporates learning from VIATechnik's broad range of projects delivered through VDC. This program is specifically built for individuals who want to manage and lead their firm and project's transformation into the digital world.

We look forward to welcoming you into the program and together, driving transformation and change into the architecture, engineering, construction and development industries.

Danielle Dy Buncio



Martin Fischer


Civil & Environmental Engineering

Stanford University


This program is for professionals, managers, and leaders at architecture, engineering, construction, and real estate development firms seeking to improve upon their firm's use of virtual design and construction.

This program is for individuals that are currently working on a live and on-going project. A large component of the class involves applying the lessons onto the project.



  • Learn implementation frameworks around VDC, BIM, and Lean.
  • Learn from others' mistakes. Understand common issues and potential solutions.
  • Apply Knowledge first-hand and track progress over time.
  • Access a deep bench of professionals to answer questions on potential problems.


  • Discover key concepts in VDC that have been created over many years through both academic research and real-world experience;
  • This course is results-oriented. Expect to be driving change and implementing VDC on your project during the 6-month program;
  • A diverse cohort of professionals seeking to drive change in their organizations. Participants will also gain access to a mentor network to help in navigating the change management process;
  • Exposure to emerging trends, VDC methods, and case studies that are rich in lessons learned and practical applications;
  • Access to an alumni network of VDC professionals who have received the VDC certificate;
  • This does not include software training, but covers topics such as what technology can be used to solve certain problems
  • Attendees will have access to online course-ware for 1 year to reference the various lessons in the program and receive a digital copy of the Integrating project Delivery book by Martin Fischer.
Digital Transformation Leader in AEC industry | BIM, Virtual Design & Construction, VR, AR & Digital Twin




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Acccess to VDC
Alumni Community

On-line Coursework THrough Stanford Center for Professional Development and Integrating project Delivery Book

  • Pre-requisite Coursework
    • Review the basic Virtual Design and Construction framework
    • Review content related to BIM and Integrated Concurrent Engineering
  • 3 Day Workshop
    • Introduction to VDC and a VDC work session
    • Overview of metrics
    • BIM frameworks and examples
    • Fundamentals of ICE and ICE Work Session
    • Key concepts for Project Production Management
    • VDC implementation learnings, best practices, and examples
    • Putting it all together and establishing a vision, strategy, and implementation plan for VDC in support of project and company objectives
  • Check-Ins
    • Design and manage a project for participants’ organizations that uses VDC methods
    • Collect and report performance metrics 
    • Share progress reports and participate in regular conference calls to discuss progress and issues
  • 2 Day Stanford Experience
    • Discussion of approach taken
    • Intermediate results sharing
    • Issues, surprises, and insight work session
    • Planning session for the next stage of participants’ VDC implementation work
  • VDC Alumni Access
    • Continued mentor access and knowledge sharing with the VDC alumni
    • Future mentorship to incoming VDC classes



Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement in Virtual Design & Construction from the Stanford Center for Professional Development.




Kick-Off Session: Chicago, New York, San Francisco (dependent on class size)

On-going Monthly Check-ins: Virtual

Final Presentations: Stanford, CA



Kick-Off Session: Early January, 3 day workshop in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Prerequisite reading and online coursework will be required.

On-going Monthly Check-ins:

January to June. Online coursework and reading will be required as well. The online coursework is the same material taught to Stanford graduate students and participants will have access to the material for 1 year.

Final Presentations: 2 days at Stanford in June 2020


Early bird fees for the first 15 students who sign up before November 30, 2019: $7000

Regular fees: $8000


Digital Transformation Leader in AEC industry | BIM, Virtual Design & Construction, VR, AR & Digital Twin

The Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) delivers world-class educational offerings to learners around the world. Courses are delivered online and, in some cases, at Stanford, at work sites, or at international locations - providing a global community of professionals with flexibility and convenience. Our portfolio reflects the ground-breaking research and world-renowned teaching of faculty from each of Standford's' seven schools. SCPD, a part of the Office of the Vice Provost, for Teaching and Learning, contributes to Standford University's mission of inspiring lifelong learning, increasing access to knowledge and learning, and educating today and tomorrow's leaders.

Digital Transformation Leader in AEC industry | BIM, Virtual Design & Construction, VR, AR & Digital Twin

VIATechnik is the global leader in virtual design and construction. We have 180+ digital experts in 7 global offices working on complex projects that range from stadiums to hospitals. VIATechnik is an active member at Standford University's Center for Integrated Facility Engineering.

Our team is made up of leading professionals, technologists, architects and engineers who have a passion for solving problems and thirst for learning. We are results-driven, creative solution finders and enjoy putting ourselves in our client's shoes.

Our mission is to transform the analog world of design and construction into a digital platform, enabling efficient design, industrialized construction, and a digital real state service model. Through this transformation, we believe we can solve the world's housing and infrastructure challenges, deliver spaces that nurture life, commerce and relationships.


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