Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Scouting for BIM

Architecture Merit Badge
For the past couple weeks, John Myers and I had the great opportunity to help out a local Scout troop working on earning the Architecture Merit Badge.

As we are both Eagle Scouts, Myers and I were happy for the chance to give back while sharing some of our experiences. We gave several presentations about the traditional role of architects within the AEC industry, and highlighted how BIM and IPD are shaking things up and changing the industry while creating many new opportunities.

As part of the merit badge requirements, we also helped the scouts measure the classroom, and then we introduced them to Revit. With a little coaching, they were able to produce plans, sections, elevations, 3D axons, and renderings of the room. I admit we overshot a little: only a simple floor plan was required, but why settle for that when you can have the room fully documented in half the time?

One of the best things about helping was seeing the excitement the scouts had for what we were showing them (like Studio 804, and DDBC), and how quickly they were able to pick up the basics of a program like Revit.

Looking forward to our next opportunity to help. Do a good turn daily!