Click here to Skip to main content
AskARC Logo
Faculty Website Title Banner


DT310 - Graphic Analysis and Documentation

About this course:
This course covers the application of orthographic projection and geometric construction principles as they are used to solve technical problems. Additionally, graphical analysis is used to determine strength, deflection, cost, volume, and green technology ratings. The analysis may utilize design characteristics such as forces, moments, ratios, and areas as well as distance, bearing, and grade. These characteristics are then used in the solution of engineering and architectural problems.

Upon mastering the content of this course, you should be able to:

-solve for (graphically determine) the design characteristics of shapes used in architectural, engineering and green technology disciplines. Typical design characteristics include: direction, true length and shortest distance, true angle, true shape and area, volume, moment of inertia, force, deflection, bearing, steepness, and energy usage.
-analyze and present data in a meaningful graphical manner that allows for the solution of design problems.
-solve technical problems from architectural, engineering, and green technology disciplines. These solutions may involve analysis methods such as: resolving vectors, creating flat plate layouts, performing topographical cut and fill analysis, determining shortest distances, performing cost comparisons, creating force or deflection comparisons, performing interference checking, determining total material, water, and electrical usage as well as determining percentage usage / efficiency.

What you should expect from this class:

Your grade depends on 3 parts of the class ... your assignments, your assessments, and how you manage and present your work. This course will emphasize developing Technical Documentation skills, presenting your work, and managing your work in a professional manner.

This class is a combined lecture and lab class. It is most common that students need to attend full class sessions regularly in order to pass this class. The class is designed so that most students who are familiar with and good at using computers can complete most of the work during assigned class times. If you are not familiar with computers or if you do not work very fast on computers, you may expect to spend extra time outside of lab in order to meet the course requirements. The Learning Resource Center computers are equipped with appropriate versions of all of the software that you might need. You can also download AutoCAD and RevitMEP for free from AutoDesk if you are a registered student. Google Sketch-up is also available as a free download.

Here is a high quality sample of what we cover in this class. You will be required to create a similar portfolio of your work.

What you need to bring to class the first day:

-Your USB Memory stick
-A 1-1/2" - 2" Binder in which you can keep hard-copies of your work. (Optional)

What you should do ahead of time to be prepared for the first day of class (we will also do this in class the first day, but if you are familiar with it, it is much easier):

Log into the ARC D2L site and look for the DT310 course.
Find the content page, the discussion page, and the drop-box.
Find the survey page and take the unit 1 - introduction surveys

If you are unfamiliar with any of the following functions, then you may wish to attend an optional class on the first Saturday of the semester:

-save files
-copy files
-cut and paste images from one file to another
-set drawing units, line-weights, line colors, and linetypes
-use the AutoCAD Design Center to access blocks, layouts, dimstyles, and textstyles
-use AutoCAD layouts to present multiple views of the same object from model space
-plot to DWF, pdf, and paper formats on various paper sizes
-combine multiple files into 1 single dwf, pdf, doc, or ppt file