UMass in 3D on YouTube

Google just published a video on the topic "Why do people model for Google Earth?". UMass and Amherst are featured prominently in it. All of the three-dimensional models of the UMass campus buildings were made by students from BMATWT/BCT in NRC, LARP and Architecture at UMass. The models were created as part of Alexander Schreyer's course BMATWT 420 "Advanced topics in CAD". You can watch the video below: ...
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Paul Fisette named to National Academies Panel on U.S. Capitol Complex

The National Academies has invited Paul Fisette, Professor and Department Head of Natural Resources Conservation to serve on an expert panel to explore the scientific and technical issues related to implementing energy and sustainability initiatives throughout the U.S. Capitol Complex. The U.S. Capitol Complex comprises 25 major buildings on Capitol Hill, including the Capitol building, the House and Senate office buildings, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Botanic Gardens, and various support facilities. Since 2004, the Office of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) has been undertaking the development of a new Capitol Complex Master Plan. The review will include an in-depth critique and evaluation of a draft Sustainability Framework Plan and the identification of energy efficiency and sustainability opportunities in two new projects to be accomplished in the near future: a whole building renewal of the Cannon House Office Building and a new parking garage for the Senate. The AOC is seeking to learn more about state-of-the-art...
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Simi Hoque and YouthBuild Holyoke are in the news

One of our faculty members, Simi Hoque, is on the news with her project with YouthBuild in Holyoke. This project provides green jobs training to low-income youth in energy efficiency, auditing and weatherization. AMHERST, Mass. A dozen young people now working toward their general educational development (GED) certificates in Holyoke are also gaining significant job skills for the green, energy-efficiency economy, thanks to community outreach efforts of the green building program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in collaboration with nonprofits YouthBuild-Holyoke and the Center for Ecological Technology (CET), Northampton. For the full press release, follow this link: http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/newsreleases/articles/87963.php...
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Welcome to our new site!

After a bit of work, we can now publicly present the new BMATWT site at UMass. As you have already noticed, our new site is now located at bct.eco.umass.edu. This is mainly due to technical reasons. If you reached this site through an old www.umass.edu/bmatwt link, then please update your bookmarks. There are quite a few new features on the new site worth mentioning: You can now see our (more frequently updated) news on our homepage. If you'd like to receive our news regularly, then you can subscribe either via RSS or by email. Thanks to Wordpress (our content management system for this site), you can easily search through everything using the search box in the top-right corner of every page. Did I already mention that we have a shiny new slideshow on the homepage? You can also print the pages in a clean and readable format. Watch for more over the next while... Please note that there may be some loose ends on this site that...
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