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DT328 – Engineering Modeling and Design (Formerly DT308 – Three Dimensional Design – Solids Modeling)

About this course:
This course will cover the concepts and applications of three dimensional graphic design using various visualization, modeling, and BIM (Building Information Modeling) programs such as AutoCAD, Sketch-up, and RevitMEP. Topics include the procedures and techniques for producing surface models, solid models, and their associated technical documentation / presentation components as well as their application to civil and mechanical engineering design. Green technology components will be included in each design project. This course may be taken 2 times on different software releases.

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

-create technically correct surface, and solid models that are common to and useful for visualization and problem solving in civil and mechanical engineering disciplines using various design software programs such as AutoCAD, Sketch-up, and RevitMEP.
-create technical documentation / presentations of models from civil and mechanical engineering disciplines in both technically correct and visually pleasing solid, orthographic, and section view formats.
-produce project design documentation that shows the ability to utilize modeling skills in project based assignments and to demonstrate the ability to coordinate civil and mechanical engineering models into the design development process.

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 that has your DT100 and DT102 files on it. (If you did not take these prerequisites at ARC, then you will need to buy or borrow CADD Workbook #1 and CADD Workbook #2)
-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 DT328 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