Course Title: Produce 3D Architectural Drawings Using CAD Software

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: ARCH5135

Course ID: 033944

Course Title: Produce 3D Architectural Drawings Using CAD Software

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Program Code: C5143 - Diploma of Building Design and Technology

Course Contact : Michael Goss

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Coordinator :  Rosetta Di Giangregorio  
Phone:                            9925 4819
Fax:                                 9925  4826

Teacher:                       John CY Young
Phone:                           9925 4819
Fax:                                9925 4826

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Students must have successfully completed CAD 2D – ARCH 5117

Course Description

This unit relates to producing 3D architectural models utilising Computer Aided Drafting /BIM software for a range of presentation or construction drawings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LCTX Produce 3D Architectural Drawings Using CAD Software


Create a suitable 3D drawing environment

Performance Criteria:

1.1  The drawing environment is set up.
1.2  A suitable layering strategy for a 3D model created with reference to 
       future rendered output requirements is described.
1.3  Multiple screen views to incorporate plan, elevation and 3D views
        created of model during construction are described.



Create internal and external 3D views of the model.

Performance Criteria:

2.1  Camera and target is positioned to create isometric, two and three point
        perspective views, using a  range of wide angle and zoom lens settings.
2.2  Camera or target is repositioned to provide alternative views.



Edit drawing components.

Performance Criteria:

3.1  A range of the software 3D editing tools is used to modify the model
       and its elements.
3.2  Object properties are modified, changed or transferred to a different
3.3  3D geometry is joined and subtracted to remove unwanted elements
        from final presentation.
3.4  Appropriate techniques for reducing file size are identified and



Plot 3D models.

Performance Criteria:

4.1  A number of different perspective views are set up to suit the size of
       plotting media.
4.2  A sectional view of a 3D model is created.
4.3  Views in wire frame and with hidden lines removed are created.
4.4  Files and images are saved and exported in appropriate formats for
        other software or for electronic transmission.
4.5  Plotting parameters and line weights are adjusted to suit a3D model
        and print views in hard copy.
4.6  Shaded views are created to present a slide show.



Produce architectural 3D massing models and detailed models complete with fenestration.

Performance Criteria:

5.1  Options for creating 3D models are reviewed and the most
        appropriate method for each job is selected.
5.2  Suitable 3D geometry for architectural elements is created on correct
5.3  Elements are created on any axis or plane by repositioning the x, y
        and z co-ordinates and view of the model.
5.4  Frequently used views are saved.
5.5  A library of common 3D furniture and fixtures is created.
5.6  3D massing model is created from a given 2D sketch.
5.7  3D detailed building complete with fenestration and doors is
        produced on appropriate layers.

Learning Outcomes

For a selected commercial building :

Creation of suitable 3D drawing environment
Createion of internal and external 3D views of the model.
Editing of drawing components.
Plot ting 3D models.
Production of architectural 3D massing models and detailed models complete with fenestration.

Overview of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

To achieve the required learning outcomes students are required to complete a series of activities which are integrated within practical/theory exercises, students must provide evidence of their ability to use the following key competencies :
1.  Collecting, analysing and organising ideas andinformation
2.  Communicating ideas and information
3.  Planning and organising activities
4.  Working with others and in teams
5.  Solving problems
6.  Using mathematical ideas and techniques
7.  Using technology

Teaching Schedule

The following schedule provides students with a week-by-week outline of course topics.
It is students responsibility to check their timetables and to attend class in the correct group.

Project briefs and schedules aligning the following topics to relevent dates will be distributed during class by individual teachers.

Week  1General Introduction; Clarify assessment criteria; Introduction to REVIT; Project Exemplars; Handout Project 01; The REVIT Interface;
Week 2

Planning; analysis Project 01; Constructing the model Basic Components 1: Walls, Floors, Roofs
Case Study

Week 3Basic Components 2: Doors, Windows
Case Study
Week 4Basic Components 3: Roofs, Ceilings, Lighting Tags & Schedule
Case Study
Week 5Specialty Items: Stairs, Railings, Openings Fascias, & Gutters;
Case Study
Week 6

Mid semester assessment
Complete a 3D model in REVIT in specified time

Week 7Families 1
Title Block, Annotation Symbols
Sheet Design, Projection Information
Week 8Families 2
Building a door, a window, a chair & a light
Case Study
 Week 9Basic Components 4: Site Modelling
Importing External Files
Case Study
 Week 10Detailing 1
Setting up views, Cross referencing, Changing scales
Case Study
 Week 11Detailing 2 Dimensioning, Annotating, Tagging & Schedules Case Study
 Week 12Complete Project 01: 3D Model & drawing views for final submission A3 coloured PDF files required
 Week 13End of semester assessment
Complete a 3D model in REVIT in specified time

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no formal perscribed text required for this course. 
Teaching staff will provide advice on the current version of software self help or reference guide for the relevent version of the software being used for the course.


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course is progressive and will require demonstrated competence in one or more of the following ways:

Practical projects, drawings and documentation, visual and oral presentations, written assignments, CAD modelling, digital presentations, visual recognition tests, written reports and studio based activities.

All assignments will have set due dates which must be adhered to. Late submission of work will carry a penalty but may be considered by prior arrangement if supported with a medical certificate or other appropriate documentation.

Assessment Tasks

Progressive assessment will be used to gauge the student’s individual progress and completion of all class assignments/exercises. This will also include presentation of an A4 folio comprising all class notes, student notes, etc, bound and divided into easily accessible, clearly labelled sections, all digitally saved works completed weekly and an A3 document in PDF format of the completed project.

Basis of Assessment
Ability to:
1. Prepare to model in a 3D environment
2. Produce Architectural 3D Models and Detailed Models complete with Fenestrations
3. Produce 2D/3D Documentation utilizing the 3D Model
4. Plot digtal drawings

For each of the above competencies students with complete the following assessment tasks:

* Specific project tasks or exercises is to be completed and marked during class time.

*A portion of the project work requiring teamwork. Teams must assign roles, communicate and manage data effectively and efficiently.

*The completed modelling elements must be organized according to industry standards as applied to digital model making. 

*Students submit a resource folio containing an annotated version of the tutorial notes. Checked against sample documents.

*Digital Models should be consistent with completed documented analysis.  Assessed for accuracy, amount of detail and naming convention.

*Students produce a context massing model. A sample assessment task is to be completed and marked during class times

*Drawings should be efficiently produced, showing compliance to Architectural and Construction Drawing Standards. A sample assessment task
  is to be completed and marked during class times.

*Plots should be efficiently produced, showing compliance to Architectural and Construction Drawing Standards. Assessed for accuracy, amount
  of detail and naming convention.

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