The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is committed to preparing its students for the rigors of a career in design, engineering, and construction. Part of that preparation is the exploration of innovative building industry concepts and processes including integrated project delivery, digital fabrication, and Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Penn State began integrating Autodesk® BIM solutions in its curricula in 2004. The software now spans 2 colleges and 3 departments; the Architecture and the Landscape Architecture departments in the College of Arts and Architecture, and the Architectural Engineering department in the College of Engineering. Students in collaborative cross-departmental courses and studios use Autodesk BIM solutions to help develop, explore, and analyze building designs, and experience first-hand the benefits of using an interdisciplinary project design approach.
With this award, Autodesk recognizes Penn State for:
Penn State offers undergraduate and graduate programs through its Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and Architectural Engineering departments. Both the Architecture and Architectural Engineering departments were founded in 1910 and are now celebrating their centennial. Penn State’s architecture, landscape architecture, and architectural engineering curricula reflect the increasing importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in today’s building industry.
Autodesk® Revit® software products are Penn State’s primary building design integration software. Students rely on the common Revit® platform to support their interdisciplinary collaboration efforts. The students also use Autodesk® Ecotect® Analysis software and Autodesk® Green Building Studio® web-based service extensively during the conceptual phase of their projects to help gain insight on how building orientation, massing, and basic systems selection influences the performance of a building.
Penn State is cultivating future industry leaders by giving students hands-on experience with BIM technology and incorporating simulated integrated project delivery frameworks in the educational curricula. Penn State students use these Autodesk software products:
Penn State is preparing students to become part of a collaborative design team through these interdisciplinary courses:
Penn State’s reseller is Synergis Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
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