Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Archivists

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This course will give you the tools and knowledge to begin working with computer aided design (CAD) files in the context of digital archives. CAD software packages such as AutoCAD, Microstation, Rhino, and SketchUp are used by architects, engineers, product designers, facilities managers, and others to design, maintain, and renovate buildings and other built projects. CAD files are highly complex and often proprietary 2D vector drawings or 3D models that pose significant challenges for digital preservation. These challenges are only increasing as more complex Building Information Modeling (BIM) software such as Revit and ArchiCAD gradually supplants CAD as the new tool of choice for building design and maintenance.

Whether your institution collects in architecture and related design disciplines, has received CAD and/or BIM files as part of larger personal paper or institutional records collections, or is responsible for long-term archiving of design records used by local facilities managers, it is likely that CAD files already are or will someday be part of your collection. This course aims to give basic literacy in CAD to enable archivists to preserve, describe, and provide access to these files.
Learning Outcomes

Identify common CAD/BIM file formats and software
Understand the basic data structure of CAD files
Understand the preservation risks and potential preservation approaches for CAD files
Identify software that can be used to provide staff and public access to CAD files
Open CAD files and perform basic operations (e.g. rotate, pan, zoom, select layers)
Understand how BIM is changing the design and construction industries, and what the implications of BIM might be for collecting institutions

Instructor: Tim Walsh, Digital Archivist, Canadian Centre for Architecture

Tim Walsh is the Digital Archivist at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), a research museum in Montréal dedicated to the notion that architecture is a public concern. Among his other tasks at CCA, Tim develops and manages workflows and software tools for processing born-digital archives, oversees development and use of CCA’s Archivematica-based digital preservation repository, and facilitates end user access of digital archives in the CCA Study Room. He holds an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a BA in English from the University of Florida.

This class is ideal for archivists, records managers, librarians, and other cultural heritage professionals whose collections now include (or will soon include) records in computer aided design (CAD) file formats. This is intended as an introductory course – no prior experience with CAD is required.
Frequency: offered 1 time a year, Fall

Registrations for this class must be received at least one week before the class date. Registrants should receive an email offering detailed login and setup instructions. Please call 800.999.8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days before the class. This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

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