CAD, or computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), is the use of computer technology for design and design documentation. CAD software replaces manual drafting with an automated process.

If you work in the architecture, MEP or structural engineering fields, you have probably used 2D or 3D CAD programmes. These programmes can help you to explore design ideas, visualise concepts through photorealistic renderings and simulate how a design will perform in the real world. AutoCAD software was the first CAD programme and it is still the most widely used CAD application.

3DS MAX is a professional 3D computer graphics program for making 3D animations, models, games and images. It is developed and produced by Autodesk Media and Entertainment. It is a software developed and used for 3D modelling, animation, rendering and visualisation. One can create stunning game environments, design visualisations and virual reality experiences.

Autodesk Revit Architecture is a robust architectural design and documentation software application created by Autodesk for architects and building professionals. The tools and features that make up Revit Architecture are specifically designed to support building information modelling (BIM) workflows. By utilizing BIM , Revit Architecture is able to leverage dynamic information in intelligent models — allowing complex building structures to be accurately designed and documented in a short amount of time. Each intelligent model created with Revit Architecture represents an entire project and is stored in a single database file. This allows changes made in one part of the model to be automatically propagated to other parts of the model, thus enhancing the workflow for Revit Architecture users.

Fusion 360 is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It connects your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC. Design, test, and fabricate in a single tool.

Autodesk EAGLE is an electronic design automation (EDA) software. Enabling printed circuit board (PCB) designers to seamlessly connect schematic diagrams, component placement, PCB routing and comprehensive library content.


Designed for anyone who has a knack for designing and a passion to make a career in the same, this course introduces strategies and skills for modelling with SketchUp, managing complex architectural models, as well as presentation methods and information about third-party rendering plug-ins.

The structure of the course is a lecture and demo informal combined with a workshop atmosphere where students learn by doing, and working in class as much as possible at an independent pace with instruction and assistance.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students shall be able to:

  1. Prepare accurate, organized, efficiently constructed three-dimensional models of objects, architectural forms, and interior spaces.
  2. Employ a variety of methods for creating three-dimensional models of objects, architectural forms, and interior spaces, including direct construction within and importing measured drawings and other objects into SketchUp.
  3. Manage SketchUp files and components for archiving and greater efficiency during the model-building process.