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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

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.

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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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