A, B, See...in 3D

A, B, See...in 3D

A Workbook to Improve 3-D Visualization

Dan G. Dimitriu
ISBN: 9781627058186 | PDF ISBN: 9781627058193
Copyright © 2015 | 148 Pages | Publication Date: August, 2015

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See the author's presentation at ASEE, A New Way to Help Students Improve 3-D Visualization.

"Perfect for beginners...looking to get adept in engineering drawings..." (see full review below).

This workbook provides over 100 3D visualization exercises for Engineering, Architecture, and Art students, challenging them to create three dimensions from two. A, B, See...in 3D is a powerful and effective way to help teach spatial visualization and is much different from current exercises in which students are presented objects in isometric views (already in 3D), and are asked to create multiple views, fold patterns, manipulate, reflect, or rotate them.

This workbook uses a different and more effective approach. Each view of the solid represents a letter of the alphabet. The letters are by definition 2D representations and when they are combined to create a 3D object, visualizing it becomes a challenge. Please see the Sample Chapter for examples.

If you are interested in reviewing this book for a course in Engineering, Architecture, or Design, please contact us.

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Improve Your 3-D Visualization Skills: Counting Bricks from Ancient Ruins. This supplemental book is an excellent resource for students who need to improve their spatial skills.

Table of Contents

Book Presentation
List of Problems by Difficulty
Alphabetical Listing by Letter Combinations
Combination of Cubes
First Level
Second Level
Third Level
List of Problem Solutions by Chapter
Author Info

About the Author(s)

Dan G. Dimitriu, San Antonio College
Dan D. Dimitriu, PhD, P.E., is a tenured professor in SAC's Physics, Engineering, and Architecture Department and has been the Engineering Program Coordinator at San Antonio College since 2001. He has 21 years of teaching experience in post-secondary education, five years in academic research, and 23 years in private practice as a professional engineer. He has worked on research projects at North Dakota State University and holds also an MBA in International Economic Relations. He has managed several NSF and Department of Education MSEIP grants for SAC, and has been a co-PI for a NASA CIPAIR grant with the University of Texas at San Antonio and for an NSF CCLI grant with Wright University. He was elected Vice Chair of the Two Year College Division of ASEE in 2005 and was the recipient of 2006 NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award. He was also named "San Antonio’s Top Professor" by Scene in SA Monthly in 2006. In 2005 he was the only community college committee member and presenter for the "Enhancing Community College Pathways into Engineering Careers," a collaborative effort by the National Academy of Engineering's Committee on Engineering Education and the National Research Council Board on Higher Education and Workforce. Their final report described the evolving roles of community colleges in engineering education, identified exemplary programs at community colleges and model partnerships between two- and four-year engineering schools, and made recommendations for future research in this area. He has also made numerous presentations at the American Society for Engineering Educators Annual Conferences. Dr. Dimitriu is also coordinator for the Alamo Community College District's participation in NASA's Aerospace Scholars program and concurrently serves as the director for SAC's MESA Center. This workbook is a resultant of his leadership and expertise in developing curricula, coordinating engineering educational programs, years of teaching, and years of professional practice.


Great for beginners moving into intermediate visualization For moving from basics to intermediate visualization, this is it! So many other books have great drawings but no solutions. This not only has solutions, it has several so you can start over or work your way up to more advanced visuals. Also, the letters are an optical obstacle, so there's always a challenge. Perfect for beginners, like me, looking to get adept in engineering drawings so I can carry that into CAD.
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