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Introduction to AutoCAD

Course Summary:
The use of CAD (Computer Assisted Design) in archaeology is now commonplace, but its application remains fundamentally different to its intended use in the mechanical engineering and architectural worlds, where it is used to design structures and objects that have not yet been created. In contrast, archaeologists use CAD to record what already exists, in environments where there are few parallel lines and right angles.

This two day, intensive practical course, designed in accordance with the Archaeology Data Service’s forthcoming CAD Guide to Good Practice, provides archaeologists and those working in the culture and heritage sectors with hands-on practical training in the use of AutoCAD. The course teaches AutoCAD’s functionality and range of applications, and focuses on those skills that are most useful to archaeologists and those working in the heritage sector.

The course will be of interest to anyone who is working with CAD, but will hold particular appeal to those who wish to create precision drawings from field drawings or survey data. Some familiarity with survey or drafting techniques is beneficial, but not required. Each introductory course is two days. See the links above for detailed course outlines, and information on how to register.

Learning Outcomes:
By the completion of the course, participants will have become familiar with the basic AutoCAD functions, and will be able to create maps, plans, and sections drawings from metric data and scanned images. They will be comfortable working in a Cartesian drawing environment and be able to explore further aspects of the application at their leisure. Skills obtained in this course will benefit students who wish to learn more about GIS, field survey and/or archaeological illustration.