Course detail

Reverse Engineering and Surface Modeling

FSI-ZM2Acad. year: 2017/2018

Students become familiar with the possibilities of advanced surface modelling and 3D digital data for auto-motive industry. Terms like "strak" and "A-class "modeling will be clarifying and students will run through all steps of generating of final surface data. They will also discover the basic steps of the reverse engineering and transfer of digitized data into a CAD.
The course has been upgraded with the support of the OPVK project. Project "The Studio of digital sculpture and new media", reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0278, is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the statebudget of the Czech Republic.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will obtain knowledge and experience with with modeling in CAD modeler CATIA and Alias. They will be able to create advanced advanced 3D surface models and receive a concrete idea about the use of A-class surfaces.


Fundamental knowledge in area of CAD systems, knowledge of parametric modeling (Inventor, Catia, Rhinoceros).


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Moderní počítačová grafika, Bedřich Beneš, Jiří Sochor, Petr Felkel, Jiří Žára, 2. vydání, EAN:9788025104545.Počet stran:608 stran, COMPUTER PRESS.
Sham Tickoo, Creo Parametric 1.0 for Designers, CADCIM Technologies, 2012, 978-1936646128
HUGHES, John F. Computer graphics: principles and practice. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River: Addison-Wesley, 2013. ISBN 978-0-321-39952-6.
3DVIA Composer Fundamentals - Student guide, Dassault Systems,learning materials. (EN)
IT CAD, časopis o CAx technologiích, vychází 6 × ročně, CCB, spol. s r. o.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through exercises, which are focused on practical topics.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Graded course-unit credit is awarded on the following conditions: active participation in the seminars, successful presentation the project.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


To familiarize students with the posibilities of advanced 3D surface modelling focused on the automotive industry.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at practicals is obligatory and checked by the lecturer. Maximum of two excused absences without compensation are allowed. In case of longer absence, compensation of missed lessons depends on the instructions of course supervisor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-KSI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-PDS , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective (voluntary)

Type of course unit


Computer-assisted exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Block I - CATIA
1. CATIA -wire-frame modeling
2. CATIA - spline modeling
3. CATIA - surface modeling.
4. CATIA - blends.
5. CATIA - surface analyses
6. CATIA - work with polygonal data.

Block II - Autodesk Alias
1. Alias - spline modeling
2. Alias - surface modeling
3. Alias - sketching
4. Alias - 3D surface model of a computer mouse
5. Alias - polygonal data, surfaces, reverse engineering
6. Alias - creation of tangent and curved blends, reflections

Block III, Rapidform XOR3 - Geomagics
1. Alignment, import
2. RE of topology optimised parts
3. Regions of polygonal data
4. Modeling of CAD features
5. Surface fitting
6. Analysis, deviations analysis

Final test of knowledge of surface modeling