Executive Summary: Area 1: Digital Practice

 

In this area of the module I was tested on my ability to use and understand digital software such as AutoCAD and SketchUp. To begin with I struggled with AutoCAD as learning the shortcuts wasn’t something that came naturally to me. I am now confident using these shortcuts as I have practiced with them in my own time however I am still lacking any confidence with the functions and properties and how to create anything other than basic floor plans.

SketchUp seemed to be the easier option for me and so I spent more time developing my skills in this software. I mainly used it for the Design and Materials module as I was more confident with it and 3D Warehouse provided me with a wider range of options and inspiration. I also found the layout and use of colour throughout the SketchUp software more user friendly than AutoCAD.

My strengths within the Digital Practice area of the module have been my ability to learn from making mistakes having the patience to find out why I made such a mistake and then not repeating them the next time. For example when using AutoCAD I found myself forgetting to use the ESC command before starting another command to cancel everything. My weaknesses fell with cutting corners and using alternative commands as a means for a command or process that I found more challenging and time consuming.

Overall I feel the area of Digital Practice has been my least favourite topic as I don’t feel 100% confident with using the software and creating 3D designs tends to take me a lot longer than I expect it takes others. I believe I have tried my best with it and used my spare time to watch tutorials. I am improving slowly and impressed with myself as I have never excelled when it comes to computers and technology.

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