Students interested in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) should consider this 2-credit course to be offered on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30. The instructor, Walt Jaslanek, is the GIS manager in a large engineering firm in Holyoke. This is a great opportunity to learn from a practitioner doing this kind of work for a living.

NRC 597DA – Building Information Data and Analysis with the use of GIS


The integration of GIS with traditonal CAD and BIM (Building Information Modeling) comes from a need to use building-specific information in a bigger spatial context for queries and GIS analysis. Geospatial information can be used in future urban planning techniques when it comes to designing and planning new buildings and act as a management system for associated data.

When used together effectively, computer-aided design (CAD) and geospatial information systems (GIS) can streamline decision making and reducing inefficiencies in the design, planning, and production of critical operations in the engineering workplace. A growing number of engineering tasks in numerous fields now require the knowledge and use of GIS databases and tools.

This class will cover introductory topics on possible CAD and GIS integration methods and techniques as well as provide hands on lab time working with the aforementioned software towards a end of semester project.