CAD Applications in Architecture / Civil Engineering Technology

Oakland Community College
CAD115 - 3 credits
Winter 2003 - Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm  -  Jan 11 - Apr 26, 2003
Instructor: Gary JD Gingras, M.Arch.
OCC CAD Lab: 248-232-4098 - email:

Home Page OCC CAD115 Sessions Course Description Textbook File Management Project Elements Grading


    CAD100 or 6 months of AutoCAD experience
    Basic Architectural or Civil Engineering Drafting course

    This course is specially designed to assist students in the use of a CAD system as applied in the field of Architectural/Civil Engineering and Landscape Design Technology. It includes methods of creating site plans, floor plans, elevations, sections, details, dimensioning, and related topics; concepts of layers, blocks and library for symbols such as: plumbing, electrical, and landscape. All projects will be done on a CAD as the software package.

    Software currently in use: AutoCAD 2002 and Architectural Desktop 3.3

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Mastering AutoCAD Architectural Desktop
Paul F. Aubin
Autodesk Press/Thomson Learning; 2002
AutoCAD Architectural Desktop includes extensive online help and a tutorial. Students are encouraged to make full use of both of these assets.
Accessing AutoCAD Architectural Desktop, Release 2
William Wyatt
Autodesk Press/Thomson Learning; 2001
AutoCAD Conventions for Architects (Book & Diskette)
Frederick Jules
Autodesk Press/International Thomson Publishing; 1997
AutoCAD 2000 for Architecture
Alan Jefferis & Michael Jones
Autodesk Press/Thomson Learning; 2000
Architectural Programming and Predesign Manager (Book & CD-ROM)
Robert G. Hershberger
The McGraw Hill Companies, 1999
Softdesk Solutions: The Essential Guide to Auto-Architect
Dennis Neeley & B. Robert Callori
John Wiley & Sons, 1996
    The instructor will draw upon various other references for handouts and examples. Students will be expected to maintain, and to bring to each class session, an organized notebook containing these handouts and examples, as well as in-class activities and assignments. In addition, some materials will also be available via the internet, by accessing or .
Office Hours:
    As an adjunct faculty member, the instructor does not maintain on-campus office hours. In order to receive assistance and feedback between class sessions, students are encouraged to contact the instructor via email at .

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    Each student is expected to understand the basics of proper file management and backup, including the prevention of virus-software attacks. Because your CAD files will become quite large, it is essential to obtain and use a 100MB Zip Disk (Iomega, Fuji, Maxell, Verbatim, or equal) - the files will not fit on a standard floppy disk.

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    In order to focus on the practical application of a CAD system, as opposed to learning a collection of commands, the course will be organized around an architectural design project. Each student will design a Music Recording Studio, with the project to include the following project elements:

  • Review of client-oriented design principles
  • Program Analysis and Research
  • Proximity Matrix Chart
  • Utilities & Services Analysis
  • Simplified Site Analysis
  • Bubble Diagrams leading to a Preliminary Floor Plan Layout
  • Design Sketching and Form & Massing Study
  • Use of symbol libraries to minimize drafting time and increase accuracy
  • 3D Modeling in AutoCAD Architectural Desktop, to include:
    • Spaces used to define rooms
    • Foundations, walls, and roof
    • Doors and windows
    • Fixtures and furniture
    • Ceiling grid
  • Extraction of 2D drawings from the 3D model
  • Preparation of a basic set of construction drawings, to include:
    • Site plan with parking, sidewalks, contours, landscaping, and trees
    • Metes and Bounds property description
    • Floor plan with dimensions and schedules
    • Elevations with material symbols and notes
    • Building section with material symbols
    • Wall section detail with material symbols, notes, and dimensions
    • Conceptual lighting and electrical plan
  • Photo-Rendering of completed 3D model
Plain Building Image Rendered Building Image
Plain Building - 645x483, 16.4K Rendered Building - 645x483, 23.0K
Illustrations by GJDG

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    All sessions will include studio time for project work and individual questions. In order to gauge student progress, I will periodically review student notebooks and collect copies of studentsí CAD files for analysis and comment. Consistent use of the Zip disk for backup will facilitate this process. Grading will be based on in-class participation, notebook organization, and drawing projects. I do not give any "I" grades as a general policy; and a "W" grade ONLY if the proper form was submitted by the required deadline.

Grade Description Points Percent   Assignment Weighting  

A Excellent 4.0 95%   Participation 10%
A-   3.7 92%   Notebook 10%
B+   3.3 89%   Project 80%
B Good 3.0 86%  
B-   2.7 83%   Total: 100%
C+   2.3 80%      
C Average 2.0 77%      
C-   1.7 74%      
D+   1.3 71%      
D   1.0 68%      
F Failure 0.0 0%      

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Revised 01/05/2002, 01/08/2002, 01/12/2002, 01/20/2002, 02/05/2002, 01/10/2003