BCT’s ‘False Color’ Exhibit is Open!

BCT’s ‘False Color’ Exhibit is Open!

From now to October 28th, 2017, UMass students, faculty, and the general public are invited to visit the UMass Design Building Gallery during opening hours (9am - 4pm on weekdays) to view BCT's latest exhibition on all things related to "False Color" visualizations. Showcasing work by our faculty and graduate students, this exhibition visually (and interactively) explores the various technologies of our research: stress analysis, energy analysis, thermography, laser scanning, and more... BCT would like to especially thank Trimble Inc. for their support through our Trimble Technology Lab. We are also tremendously grateful to Peter Chrzanowski, Sharon Mehrman, and Alexander Okscin for their invaluable hands-on help in putting this exhibition together. The following synopsis explains our thoughts on this exhibition: As engineers, scientists and designers we are often faced with data that is not immediately comprehensible in its raw form, consisting solely of numeric values and ranges. Either the volume of such data is too large to lend itself to easy evaluation or it is too limited...
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Rose Mary Su from Acentech speaks about building acoustics in the Design Building

Rose Mary Su from Acentech speaks about building acoustics in the Design Building

Today we enjoyed a guest lecture (as part of our Fall 2017 BCT lecture series) by Rose Mary Su, Senior Consultant from Acentech. Rose Mary covered acoustical principles and then discussed how acoustical challenges were overcome in the Design Building. Synopsis Acoustics is the key to success for many buildings and building spaces. Most of us have dined in a noisy restaurant unable to hear our friend sitting across the table, or tried to study in a library full of distracting noises. Workplaces today tend to be open and collaborative, but the noise level may inhibit productivity. Learn how acoustically comfortable space is achieved in the face of multiple obstacles. Links Presentation slides Acentech ...
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Barry Goodell speaks about decay of wood in structures

Barry Goodell speaks about decay of wood in structures

First in the Fall 2017 BCT lecture series was a talk by Dr. Barry Goodell, who explained decay processes in wood and showed common occurrences of decay in wood structures along with solutions how to prevent those. Synopsis Dr. Barry Goodell is an expert in fungal systems, including those that cause the decay of wood – a multi-billion dollar problem in wooden structures each year. In this talk he covers how decay establishes and can be detected, designs that promote problems, and opportunities for protection and remedial actions. Links Presentation slides Goodell Lab Website ...
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Fall 2017 BCT Lecture Series

Fall 2017 BCT Lecture Series

This fall, we have lined up another semester of interesting, publicly available, free lectures. See below for details. Also note that the lectures are AIA CES approved (1 HSW, see here for details). You can find these events and import them to your calendar here: https://bct.eco.umass.edu/about-us/calendar/action~month/request_format~html/tag_ids~52/...
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Welcome (back) students!

Welcome (back) students!

Welcome back to UMass to all our undergrad and grad students! And welcome to all incoming students of the class of 2021! This fall semester marks our second term in the Design Building where we are roommates with the Departments of Architecture, and Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. When you are starting the new semester, keep the following in mind: Most of your BCT classes are in the Design Building with DB 162 being our main classroom. Check Spire for room numbers and give yourself some time to find the rooms. The Design Building is located between Morrill and the Studio Arts Building. Undergrads have card access to the Design Building entrances and the DB 260 computer room. Just use your U-card after hours. BCT faculty and the program director are on the third floor of the Design Building. Just remember: “All the way up the great stair and then to the left.” That’s where you will find us. BCT undergrads have a beautiful lounge...
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