Fithian, who is hoping to see more local firms participate before the BIMStorm's start on Nov. 7, said the software and use of cloud technology allows for more real-time collaboration on design, better cost estimation, and adjustments that can include a couple of clicks to swap out one material for another to see the difference in cost, appearance and energy efficiency.
Core to Shore was a natural pick, Fithian said, because it involves a large blighted area that is going to see significant development over the next half century.
The ability to assemble a team of architecture, planning, and construction professionals as a virtual team, using the Internet, is now a reality in the 21st century construction industry, Fithian said.
“The opportunity for our students to interface and work with potential national and international firms and designers on a critical project in Oklahoma City is unique to this dream course,” Fithian said.
“Without the intensive atmosphere and sophisticated interface provided by the BIMStorm, this type of exposure would just be too cost prohibitive and linear in nature rather than the interactive venue we will enjoy. It will be a great experience for all faculty, students and professionals.”
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