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Jessica L Miller
ARCH 498
Seattle Campus

Special Projects

Instructor-initiated and department-approved systematic study and offering of specialized subject matter. Topics vary and are announced in preceding quarter.

Class description

This course introduces students to Building Information Modeling through the use of Autodesk Revit and ancillary programs. Students will learn the fundamentals of working in Revit by developing a project, using both 3D parametric modeling and the 2D documentation skills essential to communicating ideas effectively in professional practice. Guest lectures will provide insight to how BIM is evolving practice from a variety of perspectives, and how collaborators interface with the model and each other.

Student learning goals

3D & parametric modeling from generic massing through building assemblies

2D documentation – visual information management & basic design documents

Introduction to BIM's building performance & analysis tools

Understand and reflect on the use and implications of BIM in education and practice

Develop essential trouble shooting and problem solving skills; explore and test limits

Learn to collaborate, manage work-flow, and share knowledge

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion, and lab

Recommended preparation

AutoCAD is not required, but a comfort level with computer modeling, drafting, and drawing conventions is essential. Student's with prior office experience are encouraged.

Class assignments and grading

Regular homework, major class project (in teams of two), and a short writing assignment.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Jessica L Miller
Date: 09/05/2011