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Sketch Of An Advanced Course In Computer Graphic Applications In Construction

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Technical Issues in Arch Engineering

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8.1018.1 - 8.1018.9



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Zhili (Jerry) Gao North Dakota State University

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Russell Walters Iowa State University

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Session 2306

A New Sketch of an Advanced Course in Computer Graphic Applications in Construction

Russell Walters, Zhili Gao Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Iowa State University


This paper presents the sketch of a graduate-level course being designed in the construction engineering and management program to teach students advanced computer-graphic based knowledge and applications. Students in the course will use OpenGL, MicroStation, ShockWave, 3D Studio, Cyclone, and Object Oriented CAD (OO-CAD) to integrate design and construction processes, enhance construction operations, reduce construction operation and management efforts, and solve real world construction problems of increasing complexity. OpenGL and related computer language basics allows students to learn the theories and tools to develop and apply various CAD packages in architectural and construction area. MicroStation allows student to apply or develop 2D and/or 3D drawings as the base to perform construction engineering data extraction, storage, and calculations. ShockWave and 3D studio provide the tools to develop 2D and 3D animation of transition from design to construction process. Cyclone allows students to perform laser scanning operations for existing projects or current construction sites and gather as-built graphical data to help the design process and construction management. OO-CAD together with other tools is used to develop graphic specifications and guidelines for the construction process. After students obtain these computer-graphic based skills, they will be able to graphically simulate and the operate construction process in a simple, accurate, safe, and effective way. Also, more advanced construction simulation and integration concepts could be created from this knowledge. The prerequisite knowledge for this course and the way to bring industry practice into this course is discussed as well.


Computer graphics and its applications are becoming increasingly important for construction practice due to the increasing availability of applications and the evolution of computer technologies. This is because computer-graphics enables an easy, visible, efficient, and integrated way to improve the performance of construction activities. The applications of computer graphics can, in return, change the way computers and computer graphics are used in the construction industry. The advantages of computer graphics technologies can be easily applied to construction workers, including those without advanced computer skills.

The advanced course described in this paper is being designed for a graduate level course in

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposisition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Gao, Z. J., & Walters, R. (2003, June), Sketch Of An Advanced Course In Computer Graphic Applications In Construction Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11807

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