ITcon Vol. 9, pg. 267-279, http://www.itcon.org/2004/18

A course on computer-aided building design

submitted:October 2003
revised:October 2003
published:July 2004
editor(s):Christiansson P
authors:Hugues Rivard, Professor
Dept. of Construction Engineering, École de technologie supérieure, Université du Québec, Canada
also Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept. of Building, Civil and Env. Engineering, Concordia University email: hugues.rivard@etsmtl.ca, http://www.ctn.etsmtl.ca/hrivard

Claude Bédard, Dean of Research and Technology Transfe
École de technologie supérieure, Université du Québec, Canada
also Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Building, Civil and Env. Engineering, Concordia University
email: claude.bedard@etsmtl.ca
summary:Computer-Aided Building Design is a final-year undergraduate course that has been offered for more than 20 years at Concordia University. Naturally, over that period the course has evolved as fast as the technology. It started from a programming course with matrix representation of view transformations to lately, the use of off-the-shelf commercial software packages and the Internet to support project collaboration and submission. This course introduces students to the process of integrated building design. It emphasizes both computer assistance (CA) and building design (BD). Students experience the design process in teams in the context of a realistic building design project. The building is designed in a holistic manner integrating related fields such as spatial layout, structures, enclosure, energy consumption, and construction cost estimation. Many computer tools are used and integrated throughout the design process. The paper provides a brief historical overview of the course and it describes the material covered, the team-design project, and the IT portion of the course.
keywords:engineering education, information technology, integrated building design, computer-aided design, e-learning.
full text: (PDF file, 0.559 MB)
citation:Rivard H and Bedard C (2004). A course on computer-aided building design, ITcon Vol. 9, Special issue ICT Supported Learning in Architecture and Civil Engineering , pg. 267-279, http://www.itcon.org/2004/18