Both computer-aided graphics and hand sketches are critical elements of the problem-solving process.
Hand-sketching is taught in a 3-week unit in EPICS 151, which includes:
- Learning to sketch what you see or conceptualize
- Using perspective and vanishing points
- Incorporating human elements and figures into your sketches
"We use (hand) sketches all the time. It helps us conceptualize the problem as well as easily communicate (informally) between the various stakeholders. We ofter use them in presentations to facilitate discussions and to get design concepts across. These sketches, with hand notations, become part of the design record."
- Manager at Newmont, Mines PhD '93
The EPICS 151 hand-sketching unit is followed by a 8-week unit in computer-aided design (CAD), specifically SolidWorks. Student's proficiency in each unit is measured through graded homework, and an examination at the end of the CAD unit.
GIS is taught and practiced in EPICS 261, EPICS II GIS, whereby students receive instruction in ArcGIS and work on projects which incorporate geospatial engineering design solutions.
AutoCAD is taught and practiced in EPICS 262, EPICS II AutoCAD, whereby students receive instruction in AutoCAD and work on projects which incorporate AutoCAD in their design solutions.