As part of the Computers in Architecture class at the University of Washington, we were given a series of workshops in order to understand the various programs used in computer aided design. This page is a brief description of each one of the workshops I did.
Workshop 1: SketchUp – Creating Dynamic Components. After understanding the basics of the program, I stopped the tutorial I had been following and decided to experiment on my own. This is the step by step of the object I created.
Workshop 2: AutoCAD vs Revit – After learning the basics of each program by watching lengthy tutorials, I came up with an overview of each program. Pros and cons of each are addressed, as well as a brief description of BIM modeling.
Workshop 3: Rhino – Rhinoceros is a commonly used program for 3D modeling, usually in product design. It uses curves and NURBS for its modeling tools. A very intuitive program. Easy to use once you get the hang of it, but it does take a bit of training to understand some of the tools.
Workshop 4: Grasshopper – A visual scripting plug-in for Rhino. Can be very useful for parametric models, anything that includes repetitive shapes assembled in patterns, or anything that is heavy on math.