Syllabus GE101A

Instructor:                             Jim Leake        309 Transportation      (217) 244-0401

Head Teaching assistant:   Likhith Madamanchi 

Teaching assistants:            Ninad Sancheti, Joanna Batmunkh, Kaushik Krishnan

Course structure:                 Credit hours                three

(Credit & contact hours)

 Lecture                         twice a week for one-hour period

Modeling Lab             once a week for two-hour period

Sketching Lab             once a week for one-hour period



Engineering Design Graphics: Sketching, Modeling, and Visualization, 2nd edition, Leake and Borgerson

BIM Handbook, 2nd edition, Chuck Eastman et al. (reference)



Illinois Compass (

Autodesk design community (

Revit Architecture 2016 Essential Training, Paul Aubin,

Revit Structure 2016 Essential Training, Eric Wing,



Portable storage device (USB flash device or portable HD)

Mechanical pencils – 0.5, 0.7 mm


Software:                              Autodesk Revit 2016, SketchUp 2016, PlanGrid



Dimension SST 1200 3D printer

iPad Air tablets

Z Corp 700 handheld laser scanner

Microscribe G2X digitizer

Wacom Cintiq 21ux interactive pen display

HP T1100ps 44″ DesignJet Printer



30%     2 Written exams

20%     2 Modeling exams

20%     Design project

18%     Lab assignments (modeling, sketching)

12%     Miscellaneous (sketch portfolio, quizzes, assignments)

Course Goals:        

  1. To develop spatial visualization and reasoning skills.
  2. To gain familiarity with the standards and conventions of engineering design graphics.
  3. To use building information modeling (BIM) software as a design, visualization, and information extraction tool. Emphasis placed upon learning BIM concepts and techniques.
  4. To gain exposure to other BIM tools (e.g., for concept design, field work, analysis) commonly used in the building modeling process.
  5. To develop sketching skills using pencil and paper, and digital tablets.
  6. To introduce engineering design methodology, and to demonstrate the role of graphics in the engineering design process.
  7. To provide insight into the product design process, in particular as it relates to the architecture and functionality of the product.