I love the magazine Architect. You can read each month about people in the architectural industry that inspire and the many types of highlighted projects from around the world. The best part for me is reading about the newest technology trends. I ♥ Technology.
One recent interesting article I read was an interview with the VP of Autodesk in the July 2012 issue – Phillip G. Bernstein Talks about the Future of Design. Bernstein discusses the new advances in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and how it affects architectural firms, the design process, skilled employees and construction industry as a whole.
What is BIM? Many people use the term loosely, without really understanding it. Simply put, BIM is a way for industry professionals to communicate throughout the building process – from conceptual design to construction throughout the life-cycle of a building. It goes past 3D models to include project time and cost. It can prevent the loss of work from one company to the next as it is all in one file. The best part: it’s parametric. If you make a change in a floor plan view, it will automatically update an elevation view, and all other objects included – making drafting more efficient. It’s smart. It’s technology!
As an instructor of architectural drafting students, one section of the article really struck me: Five things that architecture firms should do to prepare for the future. He states with high importance that architecture firms need to ask themselves a big question. “What sort of talent do you need in your office?” That, in turn, makes me think – What can I do to prepare these students for jobs in industry?
With the trends that are happening in BIM, the more savvy staff members in the computer aided drafting and design realm are going to be in high demand. Because they are new graduates, they may be less experienced, but that is a trade off for those who do not have 3D modeling skills. Those new skills are going to make a difference in your ability to gain project work – just as Mr. Bernstein says in number three of his list. “Where do I find employees that have been technically trained in computer software such as Revit?”
The NTI School of Technology at Globe University has an architectural drafting and design program where students are learning advanced skills within Revit. Things they master include BIM Management, Material Take-offs and Family Creation for Revit Architecture, Revit MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) and Revit Structure. During the last three quarters of their AAS degree, they also learn about the integration of these programs to create a total building model in many different project opportunities.
Technology is an adventure right now, constantly changing! Want a ride? Check out NTI School of Technology at Globe University and all it has to offer.
This blog was contributed by Stacy Connolly. Stacy is a current Architectural Instructor at NTI, highly proficient in both AutoCAD and Revit software. She ♥s all things technical and architectural, takes immense pride in what her students do, loves long walks on the beach and reading anything with words. She has worked on all types of projects including hospital neo-natal intensive care units, casinos, retail, space planning and educational facilities. She is always moving forward and can’t wait to see what’s around the bend.