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First Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[70/72]  CIVIL ENGINEERING [72/00 - Ord. 2013]  PERCORSO COMUNE 4 40


According to the educational objectives of the Degree in Civil Engineering, and to what is reported in the SUA CdS, this course aims to acquire knowledge, skills and basic competences in the Descriptive Geometry and Civil Design, listed below.
- Knowledge and ability to understand: demonstrate to know and to understand the theoretical foundations of Descriptive Geometry, in conceiving and representing the physical characteristics of objects through the use of different methods, the meanings of the graphic sign and the technical standards of design applied to different abstraction levels and the different phases of the design process.
- Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: ability to face and solve graphically, on the plane, the problems inherent in the geometry of space by applying the theoretical principles of Descriptive Geometry; ability to use projective methods as a tool for describing and communicating space.
- Autonomy of judgment: ability to place oneself in a critical position in front of the designed object, recognizing and knowing how to translate its form through its graphic representation.
- Communication skills: use the graphic sign and the technical standards of the design applied to the different levels of abstraction and to the different phases of the design process; use the drawing as a tool for analysis and synthesis.
- Learning skills: develop the skills necessary to undertake further studies with autonomy.


Fundamentals of Euclidean geometry
Reference systems


Drawing functions. Function of drawing in the profession.
Laws of perception and representation of space.
Methods and techniques of representation.
Manual drawing and digital drawing.
Tools and materials for drawing.
Geometric design: fundamental constructions.
Representation systems: parallel and central projections
Orthogonal projections
Axonometric projections
Perspective projections (hints)
The graphic language of design.
Technical drawing and architectural drawing.
Rules for technical and design drawing.
Symbols, conventions and unification systems.
Plants, elevations and sections.
Representation scales.
Dimensioning systems.
Setting and composition of the drawing and of the graphic elaborate of the project.
Notions of CAD (Computer Aided Design) and use of specific software.
Some concepts of BIM (Building Information Modeling).

Teaching Methods

Lecture activities precede, from time to time, the workshop activities, consisting of graphic activities carried out by the student. The theoretical contents will be applied and developed through graphic elaborations performed individually by each student. Lectures (about 20%), graphic exercises (about 80%).
The revision of the graphic designs will be carried out at the same time by the teacher and by the teaching tutors.
Laboratory attendance is mandatory.
With reference to the Manifesto Generale degli Studi, teaching can be both in presence and online,
depending on developments related to the health emergency.

Verification of learning

The assessment of the student's learning will take place through an oral exam to discuss the graphic exercises carried out during the course, with the relative theoretical reflections.
The completeness, correctness and precision of all the graphic works produced during the exercises constitutes a requirement for access to the exam and contributes to the final evaluation.
Before the exam the student will have to give the teacher a digital copy of all the graphic works done during the exercises; in the context of the examination it will also have to present the graphic elaborations carried out during the Laboratory, appropriately collected and ordered.
The student should demonstrate the knowledge of: the tools for drawing, the theoretical foundations of the Descriptive Geometry, of the architectural, technical and planning design, illustrated in the course, and should also demonstrate the ability to develop and solve problems inherent to the geometry of the space.
The final grade, expressed in thirtieths, is attributed through an average of the evaluations attributed to the work done during the Laboratory and to the discussion on the theoretical aspects.

In the continuous evaluation and in the determination of the final grade, we take into consideration:
1) level of completeness, accuracy and precision of the graphic designs requested and realized during the course;
2) knowledge of the theoretical principles addressed during the course and critical capacity of argumentation;
3) use of an appropriate technical-scientific language


Fundamental texts

Docci M., Gaiani M., Maestri D., Scienza del disegno, Città Studi Edizioni, Novare, 2017
ENTE NAZIONALE DI UNIFICAZIONE, M1 Norme per il disegno tecnico (I. Norme generali, II. Edilizia e settori correlati), Milano.

Suggested texts for further information on the topics

Docci M., Manuale di disegno architettonico, Laterza, Bari, 1990
Bertoldo T., Tecnica grafica, Istituto Italiano Edizioni Atlas, Bergamo, 1989
Docci M., Mirri F., La redazione grafica del progetto architettonico, La Nuova Italia Scientifica, Roma, 1989
Yee R., Disegno architettonico. Metodi e strumenti di rappresentazione, Hoepli, Milano, 2014.

More Information

Additional teaching materials will be made available during the course on the teacher's webpage.

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