BCT Students Model UMass for Google Earth

Students: Various from BMATWT 497C plus students from Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) as well as Architecture+Design (A+D) Faculty Sponsor: Alexander Schreyer Project Type: Class & extracurricular Year: 2007-2010 A group of students from the UMass programs of Building Materials and Wood Technology (BMATWT), Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) as well as Architecture+Design (A+D) under the supervision of Alexander Schreyer, Faculty member in Building Materials and Wood Technology and Architecture+Design, have created a 3-dimensional model of almost all buildings on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts. In total, approximately 100 buildings were modeled in Google SketchUp, a freely available 3-dimensional CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software and then exported to Google Earth, a free GIS-based (Geographic Information System) terrain-viewer. The campus buildings will be available in Google Earth through the “3D Buildings” layer later this summer. This 3D-model can be used for visualization of new campus planning, visitor orientation, “dorm previews” for incoming students and much more.The process of creating the digital models involved first the drawing of...
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3D CAD Models of Campus Buildings as Aide for Orientation

Student: John W. Michalski (M.S. stud.) Faculty Supervisor: Alexander Schreyer Project Type: Independent Study Year: 2005 Description: In 2005, the university launched a new NAAB accredited Architecture+Design program in the Department of Art & Art History. To promote the program and the newly offered M.Arch., a new website was created. Like any departmental website, this one featured faculty pages. To complement the faculty office room number information (e.g. "Holdsworth 127") visually, transparent 3-dimensional models of the respective buildings were created in which the office was shown as a red box. The 3D-CAD software SketchUp was chosen for this task, since it allows for an intuitive creation of 3D geometry and provides the required visualization capability. All buildings were modeled rather coarse with floor slabs and walls only. Then all components were assigned a transparent material. Finally, the different views were exported as JPGs. Documents: The images can be seen on the Architecture+Design website on the faculty pages. The following are some samples: ...
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