Lee Fithian is the first to admit that while she's getting to lead a “dream course” at the University of Oklahoma with the upcoming international online charette using building information modeling software, she also acknowledges local participation so far is less than what she expected.
The associate professor of architecture is hoping that an imaginary bit of time-traveling might spark a last-minute flurry of registrations. She asks those in design, engineering, construction and development fields to imagine being invited in the early 1980s to be an early adapter of AutoCAD, software that is now an essential tool used for 2-D and 3-D computer assisted design.
The same opportunity is being presented, Fithian said, with building information modeling software in what is being termed a “BIMStorm.”
The upcoming 24-hour charette, supported through a $20,000 grant, will be held Nov. 7 starting at 8 a.m. The charette will provide fourth-year architecture students and construction sciences students a chance to work with professionals worldwide to use building information modeling software in an online cloud to create a hypothetical development of the area south of downtown known as Core to Shore.
By working with Oklahoma City planners and industry partners throughout the charette, labeled “BIMStorm,” Fithian and Associate Professor of Construction Science Tamera McCuen hope students will gain experience in a project-based learning environment that represents leading-edge technology and innovative project delivery methods for the 21st-century architect, planner and construction manager.
Firms currently registered to participate include Manhattan Construction, FSB, Flintco, Crafton Tull, JEDunn Construction, Austin Commercial Construction, and U.S. Air Force Academy Construction Division.