SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H123900
Module Leader Kristen Salzer-Frost
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Design and Regulation 1 M2K221185 or equivalent.

Summary of Content

This module is designed to develop the student's CAD skills in computer aided draughting, modelling, rendering,and introduces Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Software used for CAD includes AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop, ArchiCAD, Autodesk, VIZ, Ecotect, Photoshop and for CFD modeling the primary focus is the use of FDS. This module will include: Development of 2D draughting skills Development of principles relating to presentation skills Model/paper space inc viewport /differential scaling Attribute definition and extraction / Layers / Raster images Manipulation of User Co-ordinate system (UCS); Import and export of geometry; Use of materials libraries and mapping; Renders and shades Hyperlinks; Use of Internet in relation to Cad research skills. An introduction to the use of the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and to some of the underlying concepts of Computational Fluid Dynamics.


CAD standards and procedures; 2D draughting, text, dimensioning, attributes definition, etc; Use of model and paper space, and layouts; Use of Design Content; creating doors, walls, stairs, windows, grids, etc.;Importing geometry to specialsied rendering packages. Concepts of CFD modelling in the fire environment; Introduction to FDS and Smokeview; Elements of bulding a model; Construction of simple models; Using Smokeview to view results; Data collection and analysis; Evaluation of FDS reports; Strengths and Weaknesses of FD

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:Create 2 D detail drawings using model/paper space (layouts) dimension and text styles, blocks, layer conventions,and attributes (B2, C1, C6, ); Show an understanding of typical CAD standards and procedures (C1, C2, C3); Importand export geometry to/from software packages (B1); Show an understanding of the uses and limitations of CFDmodelling (B1,B2, B4, C6,); Show an understanding of the creation of input files for FDS (A2,B2, C1, C2, C3, ); Createmodel of simple fire scenario using FDS (A2, A6, B1, B5, C2, )

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A limited series of lectures will provide the basic theoretical concepts of both CAD and CFD, which will be complemented by tutorials, seminars and student presentations. The major learning strategy will be based on working with the CAD and CFD software solving a variety of problems, some prescribed by the tutorial team and others defined by individual students or groups. Guest lecturers with industry experience will participate. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module

Indicative Reading

Anon (1999) AutoCAd Architectural Desktop Release 2 - User's Guide, Albany, NY, Autodesk Press Anon (2000) AutoCAD 2000i - User's Guide, Albany, NY, Auotdesk Press Forney, Glenn P (2014) Smokeview, A Tool for Visualizing Fire Dynamics Simulation Data Volume I: User's Guide, Gaithersburg Maryland. NIST Gissi, Emanuele (undated) An introduction to Fire Simulation with FDS and Smokeview accessible at http:// Jefferis, A (2000) AutoCAD 2000 for Architecture, Albany, NY, AutoDesk Press Matthews, B (1999) AutoCAD 2000 3D: f/x and Design, Scottsdale, Arizona, Coriolis Group Books McFarlane R (2000) AutoCAD 2000 with Rendering, Oxford, Butterworh-Heinemann McFarlane R (2000) Beginning AutoCAD2000, London, Arnold McGrattan, Kevin et al (2014) Fire Dynamics Simulator User's Guide, Gaithersburg, Maryland, NIST Omura G (1996) Mastering AutoCAD 3D San Francisco, Sybex Szalapaj, P (2001) CAD Principles for Architectural Design, Oxford, Architectural Press Wyatt, W (2001) Accessing AuotCAD Architectural Desktop, release 2, Albany, NY, AutoDesk Press Yeoh, Guan Heng and Yuen, Kwok Kit (2009) Computational Fluid Dynamics in Fire Engineering: Theory, Modelling and Practice, Burlington MA, Butterworth-Heinneman

Transferrable Skills

Students should be able to demonstrate effective use of IT and graphical communication (D13) Independent wokring (D4, D6, D7, D8, D9) Development of problem solving and application of knowledge of same (D1, D2, D3, D10)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 116.00
Assessment (FT) 42.00
Practicals (FT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% Coursework 1 - Final submission of projects