Top Industry Leaders Address GeoDesign Forum

Top industry professionals and PhilaU students and faculty attended a GeoDesign Forum showcasing 3D innovations in the field on Friday, Oct. 4. Presenters from firms such as ESRI, CyberCity3D, LumenRT and Bergmann Associates discussed the latest approaches to 3D modeling during the half-day event in the DEC Center Forum.

“This is a rapidly evolving area in geodesign with recent technological advances in software and data capture and processing,” said James Querry, associate professor in the M.S. in GeoDesign program, which sponsored the forum. “This area is new to many design and planning firms and immensely useful. PhilaU’s program is poised to take advantage of this emerging area and apply it directly to solving real-world problems.”

Kevin DaVito, CEO of CyberCity3D, speaks about 3D modeling.

Chuck Hixon, business development manager at Bergmann Associates, spoke about 3D case studies. He said he attended the event in part to meet students in PhilaU’s pioneering program, since there are “not a lot of places to go” to find students with a complete skill set in this talent pool. Hixon said his firm is seeking employees with a broad understanding of multiple aspects of the field. For instance, he said, “landscape architects need to interact and interface with GIS professionals, with planners and stakeholders, and they need the tools to do that.”

PhilaU’s  M.S. in GeoDesign, which launched this semester, is an innovative program that utilizes a sophisticated design framework and advanced technology for professionals to use in planning and designing sustainable built and natural environments. It is the first full-degree program of its kind in the world. Students typically come from the fields of landscape architecture, design, urban planning and geography.

“I’ve been anticipating this event for a couple weeks now,” said geoDesign student Michael Walton.  “I’m interested to hear about several different industries that have new technologies to present, technologies that me and my colleagues will be using throughout our curriculum.”


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