Course code LAD302

LAD302 Advanced 3D Tools for Design and Planning

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Course responsible: Ramzi Hassan
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Max 25 students, min 10 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel,
Course frequency: Even numbered years
First time: Study year 2010-2011
Preferential right:
Course contents:
This course is for students who have mastered intermediate skills in digital tools and wish to explore new potentials and complications associated with 3D visualizations in interaction with landscape, urban planning, architecture, construction and cultural heritage. The course will offer possibilities to work with various types of technology for design and planning which might include: 3D modelling, 3D visualizations, animation, immersive Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D printing, Reality Capture, digital storytelling. The emphasis is put on investigation of the added values of using digital tools in design and planning scenarios for enhancing understanding, collaboration and communication. The Virtual Reality Lab (VR-Lab) will offer an arena for testing and experimenting of new ways of knowledge-sharing, increasing collaboration, motivation and engaged learning.
Learning outcome:

Knowledge:  Ability to study, understand and investigate the complications associated with digital tools and 3D visualizations when used in design and planning process through a case study.

Skills: Ability to use and utilize digital visualizations technologies as an interdisciplinary platform for communication, collaboration, and interaction with stakeholders and wide audience.

General competence: The ability to think critically about the use of digital tools for presentation and communication of planning and design scenarios.

Learning activities:
- Lectures. - Supervision session. - Individual / group project work
Teaching support:
List of literature is been provided by the start of the course and is connected to the topic and the tools that are been introduce in the course.
LAD100, LAA116, LAD202. Or similar competance.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Attending lectures + supervision sessions + delivering assignments + presenting final project.

Students will present their final project work (report and media production) in a seminar at the end of the course in the presence of an external examiner.

Assessment criteria is used to measure the accomplishment of the learning outcomes. The following criteria are used to make it clear what factors will be taken into account when making judgements about students’ work/performance:

  • Knowledge: show a sufficient level of factual and conceptual understanding of the subject.
  • Skills: Show evidence and clear awareness of skills to use and apply digital technologies.
  • General competence:  Show sufficient level of argumentation, critical engagement, balance discussion, problem-definition and problem-solving.
Nominal workload:
Organized teaching includes lectures, supervision, excursions, reviews is 125 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:

The course is based on a combination of lectures, practice hours at computer laboratory or VR-Lab, excursions, and /or individual or group supervision. The course might follow one the of the following three approaches: First approach: Introducing a specific digital tool with the aim to investigate its potentials and relevance for landscape design and /or planning. Student will be challenged to define a problem definition and work on it. Examples includes studying BIM for landscape, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality. Second approach: Introducing a case study based on a real project with the aim to use digital tools and 3D visualizations technologies to understand aspects and problems connected it.  Examples includes studying specific urban or landscape location, reconstruction of historical gardens and sites, studying the future development and potentials of a certain site.  After being introduced to digital tools and the case study, students are required to investigate the topic individually or in groups and will be asked to identify the approach that they will follow.  Third approach: Collaboration with other course on a specific topic. Following this approach means that students will have to follow two courses at once! Students would get access to the VR-Lab to test theories and aspects connected their topics. Group presentations will be scheduled to monitor the development level of investigation work and provide feedback. At the end of the course, students or groups are expected to present the final work and hand-in a description of their work. 

Expected time use: 125 hours.

There are possibilities that LAD302 course or some topics that we will deal with in the course can be offered in collaboration with other courses at master level. More information is presented at the beginning of the course.
External examiner will go through students work, teaching material, final project, course structure and check whether course objectives and learning outcomes are been achieved.
Examination details: Portfolio: Passed / Not Passed