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Architectural Engineering Receives Honorable Mention for Building Information Modeling Design

March 8, 2011 — The UW College of Engineering and Applied Science Architectural Engineering program is continuing to show its strong reputation in the Building Information Modeling (BIM) area by receiving an honorable mention for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) TAP BIM Award Jury challenge again this year (the third time since the award started in 2005).

Thanks to the leadership of Jon Gardzelewski and Dr. Tony Denzer their efforts led some highly competitive and talented students (listed below) in presenting this year’s nomination package.

  • Amanda Hansen
  • Bailey Brown
  • Brent Franko
  • Kendra Heimbuck
  • Joel Helenbolt
  • Dan Marais
  • Trent McAteer
  • Ryan Meyer
  • Greg Ranft
  • Tyler Robison
  • Jera Schlotthauer
  • Kirsten Vanetta

“Your willingness to document and describe your work on the Next Level BIM: Integrated Design with BIM for Architectural Engineering students, for a jury of your peers is an important aspect in advancing the relevancy of architects and architecture both here and abroad,” said Clark Manus, AIA President.

BIM is a powerful tool for streamlining building design and construction and also optimizing building performance. BIM is a building design and documentation process solely based around high quality data that allows design and construction teams to generate and manage information about the project, across its entire scope. Increasingly popular, BIM is changing the process, product and delivery requirements of the facilities industry. The idea of the BIM model is to allow professionals to explore a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally, before it is built, and be able to interact with it during the entire building process.

As a teaching tool, BIM is incomparable, particularly in the areas of building performance and collaborative team working. Students working with BIM gain invaluable insight into building performance fundamentals and the impacts of early design decisions on energy use and comfort.


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