Today's most popular software applications -AutoCAD, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Excel - are used in Descriptive Geometry: An Integrated Approach Using AutoCAD to assist readers in developing a complete understanding of the principles involved in graphically describing a technical project through the use of descriptive geometry. Emphasis on learning to apply descriptive geometry principles to solve real-world problems accurately and efficiently, with the use of AutoCAD, is incorporated into 75% of the solutions to problems presented in the book. In addition to numerous practice problems requiring the use of AutoCAD, each chapter of Descriptive Geometry also invites readers to utilize AutoLISP® and Visual LISP programming to solve specific spatial problems. An accompanying interactive, Windows-based CD-ROM containing quick access to definitions, examples, animations, video clips, web links, and practice tests is included for use in conjunction with the book. This unique integration of current technology, plus fundamental instruction in descriptive geometry principles make Descriptive Geometry: An Integrated Approach Using AutoCAD a valuable addition to every successful design-oriented architectural and engineering education and training program. For maximum benefit, the reader should possess a basic understanding of manual drafting, AutoCAD, and the use of spreadsheets prior to beginning study of descriptive geometry using this book.
Keywords: Descriptive Geometry
A book/CD-ROM text on descriptive geometry, covering basic theories involved in solving descriptive geometry problems and incorporating the practical use of computer aided drafting and design software into 75% of theories and solutions of problems. Also utilizes Microsoft Excel in the solution of vector problems, and introduces Microsoft Access. Includes chapter review questions, worksheets, and exercises designed for all levels, plus chapter objectives and key words. The CD-ROM contains problems, plus help files with examples, animations, and practice tests. Assumes a basic understanding of manual drafting, AutoCAD, and the use of spreadsheets. Kevin Standiford is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Debrah Standiford is a graphic artist. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Kevin Standiford has been in the technology fields of Engineering, Manufacturing Processes, HVACR, Process Piping and Robotics for more than 15 years. While attending college to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology, he worked for McClelland Consulting Engineers as a Mechanical Designer, designing HVAC, complex processing piping, and cogeneration systems for commercial and industrial applications. Mr. Standiford also has experience working for one of the leading HVAC engineering firms in the state of Arkansas, Pettit and Pettit Consulting Engineers, as a Mechanical Design Engineer. His career then led him to teaching engineering, design, and technology courses for Garland County Community College. Maintaining his focus on education, Mr. Standiford has served as an author and consultant for a number of published textbooks and learning resources in the HVAC, CAD, and Plumbing fields. Today he is a full-time consultant working for both the publishing and engineering industries and a part-time instructor.
Debrah Standiford received her associate degree in General Education from Garland County Community College in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and her BA degree in Art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.