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Computer Aided Design (CAD)/ Building Information Modeling (BIM): Home

A selection of excellent CAD and BIM resources to help you with your studies.

The New Zealand BIM handbook

A guide to enabling BIM on building projects from the New Zealand BIM Acceleration Committee. Their website contains a large amount of information on BIM in NZ They are a nationwide alliance of industry and government, established in 2014 to coordinate efforts to increase the use of BIM in New Zealand.

O'Reilly eBooks

Don't forget to use O'Reilly eBooks. This database contains thousands of all the latest searchable eBooks, videos, and case studies on all aspects of computing and technology. Available 24/7.

How to use O'Reilly eBooks


Welcome to the Computer Aided Design/Building Information Modeling Subject Guide.  A selection of resources have been hand selected for you to use to help with your studies.  If you have any questions at all please contact the library.

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Information and Research Skills

For help on how to find, evaluate and present information we recommend the Information skills subject guide This guide will ensure an easier pathway to academic success!  We also have a Research subject guide  for those of you taking your studies to the next level.   

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