014008 – Graphical Engineering Information

Course Objectives

  • Develop understanding and capability in representation and communication of engineering information in order to establish civil engineering projects.
  • Develop skills in:
  1. Spatial vision
  2. Reading sets of building drawings
  3. Drawing projections/ sections/ details/ quantity lists/ specifications
  4. Compiling a computerized building information model
  5. Communication of building concepts using sketches and basic drafting
  • Lead a computerized building model or civil engineering project
  • 3D computerized parametric modeling and production of reports (drawings, bills of quantities, etc.)

Weekly Lecture Topics

Module Lectures Content Excersies
Introduction 1 Course objectives, Historical background of representation of engineering concepts, Communication principles, Sketch examples and information samples #1
ISpace and its representation in Engineering Graphical Language 2-4 Preparation and reading of projections/ sections/ details, Developing skills in representing engineering ideas using hand drawn sketches, scale and graphical language, preparation of hand drawn isometric views #2-#4
IIBuilding and Environment modeling, plans and quantities 5-11 Reading plans and recognizing components of building structures, introduction to building information modeling (BIM), Drafting language – reading skills of engineering drawings, Computerized graphics, Computerized parametric 3D modeling, Graphical engineering information in mapping engineering and geo-information, Boolean solid modeling, advanced modeling – mechanical, electrical and water systems in buildings #5-#11
IIISummary 12 Developments in the field, Advice for continued independent study

In addition to the theoretical content, discussions and class exercises will occur during the classes. Guest lectures will take place by leading figures in the field of information management in the construction industry.All of the lecture content will be included in the final exam.



Teaching Staff

Lecturer: Assoc. Professor Rafael Sacks
Email: cvsacks@tx.technion.ac.il
Telephone: 04-829-3190
Office hours: Thursday, 13:00-14:00, or call to make an appointment
Office: Rabin building, Room 840
Teaching assistant: Ergo Pikas
Telephone: 04-829-2245
Office:   National Building Research Institute, Room 417

Student Evaluation

Homework: (25%)

Six homework assignments will be due. Homework must be submitted using only MOODLE according to the submission dates given for each assignment. Penalty for late submission: 5 points per week.


Attendance is mandatory for at least 75% (9/12) of exercises.

Project: “My Apartment” (15%:)

Modeling project of your personal apartment.

Two submissions: interim (5%) and final (10%)

Final Exam: (60%)

A grade of 55% at least is required on the exam in order to pass the course.

If the exam grade is lower than 65% the homework grades will not be taken into account.

Completion of the homework assignments is a pre-requisite for completion of the course.

Reading Requirements

  • Drucker, Peter F., (1977). Management, Pan.
  • Eastman, C. M., Teicholz, P., Sacks, R., and Liston, K., (2008). BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Fabricators, John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken NJ, USA.
  • Kolarevic, B., (2005). Architecture in the Digital Age: Design and Manufacturing, Routledge, Oxford.
  • SII 1226 §1, “Drawings for Concrete and Reinforced Concrete Structures,” The Standards Institution of Israel, 1988.
  • SII 1227 §1: “Building Drafting: Steel Structures,” The Standards Institution of Israel, 1991.
  • Revit – User’s Guide – Gelbard and Rabin, 2006, Omnitech.
  • Autodesk Inc. student community: http://students.autodesk.com/

Contact Hours per Week

Lecture: 2 hours

Recitation: 2 hours