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Computer-Aided Design


Curricular unit, where the fundamental concepts of Technical Drawing standards are introduced and where students are taught notions of manipulation of the AUTOCAD graphic application, allowing the interpretation of technical drawings in various fields of engineering.


Civil Protection Engineering

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 5

Year | Type of course unit | Language

2 |Mandatory |Português



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1. Introduction to Technical Drawing. General notions. Standardization.


2.    Rules for modeling and technical design representation on Civil Construction design: orthogonal projections (plans and elevations), cuts, sections, dimensioning and symbols.


3.    Introduction to CAD via the Autodesk AutoCad:
3.1 Initiation / configuration
3.2 Bars of menus and their contents
3.3 Work units
3.4 Coordinate systems
3.5 Basic drawing commands, text, tables, plots and contours
3.6 Design visualization controls
3.7 Direct editing via the keyboard
3.8 Modifying elements
3.9 Properties of the elements
3.10 Management Layers
3.11 Blocks and symbols
3.12 Dimensioning
3.13 Scales
3.14 Measurement commands
3.15 Working with external reference files XREF's
3.16 Dimensioning of the page and drawing
3.17 Relative placing of drawings, identification, limits and captions
3.18 Printing, layouts, paper space and views

4. Applications and final project in the fields of Engineering.


Understand Technical Drawing as a "professional language" associated with the conception, execution and interpretation of drawings of projects.


Apply graphical representation rules used in Engineering.


Develop skills in identifying and defining geometric shapes in three dimensions and their representation in the plan. 


Train students in the basic use of CAD technologies (computer-aided design), namely through the AutoCAD program.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

TEACHING METHODS: Every week, there will be sessions where are adopted, simultaneously, the exhibition, demonstrative and active methods supported in the development of case studies. Students are encouraged to solve problems outside the classroom that will contribute also to the evaluation process.

EVALUATION: Semi-annual, continuous or final exam.

Continuous type evaluation: during classes (and at home) students will be asked to solve exercises (20% of the evaluation). Assessment tests will also be carried out during classes (2 tests, 40% each), previously scheduled with the students. To be successful, students must obtain a minimum grade of 10.

Final exam type evaluation: individual test, with written and practical components (100%).


Luís Veiga da Cunha (2004), Desenho Técnico, Edições Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Arlindo Silva, João Dias, Luís Sousa e Carlos Tavares Ribeiro (2004), Desenho Técnico Moderno, Edições Lidel.

Simões Morais (2007), Desenho Técnico Básico (Desenho de Construções Mecânica - nº 3).

José Garcia (2015), AutoCAD 2015 & AutoCAD LT2015: Curso Completo, Edições.

Books Tutorial (2019). AutoCAD 2020 A Project-Based Tutorial: Floor Plans, Elevations, Printing, 3D Architectural Modeling, and Rendering. ISBN-13: 978-8193724156. 248 páginas.

CADfolks (2021). AutoCAD 2022 for Beginners. Publisher: Independently published (April 22, 2021), ISBN-13: 979-8742738978, 411 páginas.

Documentos de apoio disponibilizados ao longo do semestre.


Office Hours

Docente: Márcia Lima

Horário: terça-feira, das 22h às 23h.

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