AEC Tech News #19215 Mar, 2007 By: Heather Livingston
BIM and 3D are among the technologies affecting the way architecture schools design their curricula.
Everything changes. It is a universal truism but one that previously was applied very slowly in educational institutions. Not anymore -- at least in architecture school. With the AEC industry moving rapidly to 3D modeling and BIM technologies, universities are nipping at its heels in an attempt to remain viable and keep their students in demand in the marketplace.
"The challenge in architectural education today is that the practice of architecture is changing," said Chuck Eastman, a professor in the Colleges of Architecture and Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. "In the same way that the architectural practice has to adapt, architectural education does too."
According to American Institute of Architecture Students President Jonathan Bahe, most schools are now incorporating 3D modeling and BIM but are, as is true for companies, at different stages of integration depending on budget and interest. Bahe also reports that the schools are applying the new technologies to fit their strengths. For example, architecture schools that are design-focused are using it to explore methodologies and information behind the model as well as how BIM changes fundamental design. Technology-focused institutions are using BIM in the practical application of basic model and building construction.
CAD in the Classroom
By Rick Rundell, AIA, and Kenneth H. Stowe
Gantt charts have long been a staple of project planning, but they leave something to be desired when it comes to visualizing a project schedule. Most builders invested in their first project planning system more than a decade ago, and they've become a vital tool for project management services. BIM (building information modeling) solutions, on the other hand, are relatively new. Rich with information, architects are using BIMs for all sorts of design-centric tasks -- energy analysis, sun studies and specification management to name a few. Read more>>
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