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A.Y. 2020 / 2021

First semester
Type of Learning Activity 
Core subjects
Study Path 
[PDS0-2018 - Ord. 2018] common
Teaching language 


Learning objectives 

The course aims to provide the following skills and abilities:
D1. Knowledge and understanding: after the course students will have to know the theoretical references and the basic methodologies related to three-dimensional and BIM modeling and electronic representation of architecture.
D2. Applying knowledge and understanding: after the course students must be able to apply the knowledge acquired at point D1 in the preparation of a digital three-dimensional and BIM models of architecture coherent in terms of size and detail to the representational purposes of elaborates drawn up according to criteria and codified procedures.
D3. Making judgments: after the course, students must be able to critically use methods, procedures and tools for electronic representation in all the phases inherent in the numerical modeling and production process of architectural graphics.
D4. Communication skills: after the course the students must be able to clearly explain and apply the concepts and the procedures acquired in points D1 and D2.
D5. Learning skills: after the course students will be able to study independently the topics of the course.


No special technical prerequisites are required.


The Digital Design and Bim module introduce the student to electronic representation, describing the procedures for creating three-dimensional and Bim models of architecture.
In particular in CAD environment, the following topics will be covered:
- electronic representation: evolution of computer graphics systems, basic and support tools, raster and vector graphics;
- processing of raster images: digitization (sampling and quantization), size and resolution, application formats and programs, standard schemes for color classification; retouching procedures;
- Computer Aided Design: work environment of a Cad software: graphic interface, tools to manage files, activate commands and perform editing operations;
- Three-dimensional numerical models: work areas and configurations, visualization management; Boolean operations; commands and tools to manage entities;
- manipulation techniques: procedures for processing three-dimensional objects starting from two-dimensional shapes;
- advanced functionalities for management of three-dimensional objects: chronology of solids, intersection and verification of interferences, conversion of surfaces into solid entities;
- three-dimensional surfaces and mesh objects;
- axonometries and digital perspectives;
- rendering procedures;
- printing protocols from model space and paper space.
As regards the BIM part of the course, the following topics will be addressed:
- the regulatory and procedural technical framework relating to BIM modeling and information exchange in the typical building process of AEC sector;
- parametric modeling and object libraries management for architectural projects;
- management and exchange of information through BIM models;
- querying and representation from an information model.

Teaching format 

The course is based on lectures dedicated to the main Information Technology (IT) applications for digital image processing and construction of architectural models. In order to verify the degree of understanding of topics covered, each lesson will end with an exercise that will have to be carried out individually in computer room.
Any changes to methods described here, which become necessary to ensure application of the safety protocols related to COVID19 emergency, will be communicated by Department, Study Program and teaching website.

End-of-course test 

The exam involves the preparation of a series of graphic works related to an architectural work, chosen from a list proposed by the lecturer, a computer room check through a modeling exercise of an architectural work and the knowledge of theoretical topics dealt with during the course.
The final evaluation will be based for 1/3 on the thematic exercise, and for 2/3 on the outcome of the test carried out in the computer room relating to the modeling test and the theoretical preparation.
Any changes to methods described here, which become necessary to ensure application of the safety protocols related to COVID19 emergency, will be communicated by Department, Study Program and teaching website.

Other information 

Further details will be given during the course, such as hot to contact the teacher.


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