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Software to create a hypothetical development in downtown Oklahoma City's Core to Shore area

“Dream course” at the University of Oklahoma during international online charette to use software to create a hypothetical Core to Shore development of future.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: October 30, 2012
/articleid/3723635/1/pictures/1870157">Photo - An early concept for development of Core to Shore is shown in this 2008 artist’s rendering. Provided by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
An early concept for development of Core to Shore is shown in this 2008 artist’s rendering. Provided by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

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.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's...
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Contact Tammy McCuen at or Lee Fithian at or visit A presentation of the charette will be 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at the 46 Star Auditorium in the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library.


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