Thursday, November 13, 2014

More student work from Vanier CAD AEC Program

Some more work from the Vanier CAD AEC Program. I think that Chris Zsofcsin was partially obsessed by Star Wars. Good work Chris...

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Student work from Vanier CAD AEC Program

Hi All, I thought I would continue posting some of the student work from Vanier College's AEC CAD program. This week it's some work from Dario Silva. Who worked on a small theater building during his project courses. Here are some of the final images he produced.
And here is an image he produced after the course in Luminon.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Student work from Vanier CAD AEC Program

Lately, I've been teaching in the Vanier CAD AEC program to Adult learners. The program is getting more interesting as we integrate teaching 3ds Max into the program. In our last group of students who graduated in September 2014, we had a number of really interesting projects. I thought I would feature them one at a time on these pages. The first one I would like to feature is Sonila Thaka. She worked on 2D drawings and a 3D model and renderings for a 2 story cottage. Pictured below are her exterior and interior renderings. Awesome..!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Standards, Standards, Standards

I'm starting today a topic in my class which I have always believed is the single most important thing in a CAD environment, standards. Why is it so important? Because it gives us all a common basis to understand drawings and models. If we don't have standards we don't have a common language. While it is true that we have many languages in the world, we also have many people who speak the same language. So when I say Exterior Wall, most people who speak English know what I'm talking about. If I was to show you a drawing with a layer called A-WALL-EXT, most people who work in the building industry with computers should know what that layer is used for. If we don't have standards in our work group, then we don't have a common language. Imagine what would happen in a team of people working on architectural drawings if the CAD operators were each using a different layer for the exterior walls of a building. Standards, once you have learned the basics, this is the next step.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Update to Window AutoLisp

I've noticed that many people have been downloading the window lisp routing I created for AutoCAD. I hope that those people are finding it useful. I decided to add a few new features that will make the windows more attractive.

To download the new updated command click here

The original window is described on the following page:

Before getting started, as with the original window, you must place the UCS to be parallel to the face of the wall, positive x pointing to the right, and positive y pointing up, positive z pointing away from the screen.

First, a routine called mullion to add horizontal and vertical mullions to the outside of the window. Once a window is created, you can type Mullion at the command prompt, and you will be prompted for a lower left corner, then upper right corner of the window. These should be placed on the part of the frame just outside of the glass.





















Then when prompted indicate the number of horizontal and vertical mullions.





















The second new feature is to create an open curtain inside the window. This works much the same way as previous commands. simply pick 2 points to indicate the lower left, then upper right. In this case the points should be on the inside of the window frame.




















The end result should look as follows.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Rendering of Office Building

It's been a while, but I've had this image that a friend and former coworker made of a building I designed for my CAD courses. She did a great job on the rendering. Image credit: Audrey Filion, Design Credit: Roger Cusson (me..! :-) )

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Vanier College - New FieldTurf Artificial turf field.

I'm now working at Vanier College, teaching CAD. At the same time one of the companies I have helped with their AutoCAD installation has a project going on right next to the sports complex building on campus. Here is a pic of the preparations for the artificial turf field designed and manufactured by FieldTurf.
BTW, FieldTurf does all its designs using AutoCAD.