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Introduction to CAD & BIM in Construction and Architecture

Number: BCT 320
Credits: 3
Format: Online, Amherst

Semester: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer 1
Meeting Times: Tue/Thu 4:00-5:15
Room: online (fall)

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Alexander Schreyer,
M.A.Sc., Dipl.-Ing.

Senior Lecturer and BCT Program Director

Office: Olver Design Building 318
Phone: +1 (413) 545-1976

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Course Description

This course provides students with a broad introduction into Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) with a focus on construction- and architecture-specific applications. By using industry-standard AEC software (such as Autodesk AutoCAD, Trimble SketchUp, and Autodesk Revit) in hands-on exercises, assignments and projects, students gain the capability to model construction projects and create and distribute industry-standard architectural drawings.

Learning Goals

  • Understanding of the power and precision of computer-aided modeling and drafting
  • Awareness of Building Information Modeling (BIM) principles
  • Ability to construct accurate 2D geometry as well as complex 3D shapes and objects
  • Ability to create 2D representations of 3D objects in plan view, elevations and sections
  • Ability to assemble these drawings in industry-standard plan form and produce plotted hard copies and PDFs ready for distribution
  • Awareness of architectural drafting nomenclature with a focus on industry standards


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