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David J Hudacek
ARCH 478
Seattle Campus

CAD and Working Drawings

Intensive introduction to computer-aided design systems for developing construction documentation (working drawings). Lectures and exercises focus on learning the methodology for using CAD to efficiently prepare working drawings, as well as discussions regarding industry- recognized standards and current technology used in the preparation of documentation. Prerequisite: ARCH 380; CM 313. Offered: ASpS.

Class description

Intensive introduction to Computer Aided Design systems for developing construction documentation (Working Drawings). Lectures and exercises focus on learning the methodology for using CAD to efficiently prepare Working Drawings, as well as discussions regarding industry recognized standards and current technology used in the preparation of documentation.

Students are encouraged to understand the ways in which the system's configuration and use influences the quality of the document being produced and the ways in which their use of the system might enhance or degrade that quality. They are also encouraged to acquire a management-level view of the system, so that they make decisions in terms of long-range utility of the data.

Course Objectives:

The course has multiple parallel objectives: to develop a theoretical understanding of the important major systems operating in a common CAD program; to achieve moderate fluency in the operation of the CAD system; to understand the syntactic and semantic structure of a set of construction documents; to develop the ability to make reasoned decisions about the layout and content of a working drawing set; to understand the ways in which architectural practitioners must work as groups in order to get work completed in a timely fashion, and how the CAD system can facilitate or hinder that process.

Students should be able to reason about both the CAD system and the drawing product, to know when to ask for guidance and help as well as when they can reliably work on their own.

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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.
Last Update by Diane J Stuart
Date: 09/25/2003