APA New Jersey Chapter


Monday, February 11, 2019
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST

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This session explores the value of parametric design, three-dimensional modeling, advanced geospatial technologies, and remote data capture for the allied design professions. We will explore how these technologies: expedite base-mapping, enhance analysis, help evaluate change, enable better design decisions, and help communicate ideas more effectively.

In the Geodesign program within the College of Architecture and the Built Environment at Thomas Jefferson University, students develop new skillsets in these innovative technologies and directly apply them to realworld projects in collaborative, trans-disciplinary studios involving landscape architecture, historic preservation, sustainable design, and architecture. Students organize design charrettes whereby community stakeholders are directly involved in the design process via ‘rapid iteration’ sessions (evaluating alternative ‘what-if’ scenarios), all in 3D and in real-time. Parametric modeling software employs data from various sources including LiDAR and sUAS (drones). Relatively inexpensive sUAS systems use advanced photogrammetry technology to quickly and cost-effectively map the built environment. Visualization is a key driver but being able to measure the success of design alternatives using sustainable design and development metrics is also important. Students at Jefferson use this cutting-edge 3D technology, geodesign workflow, and community engagement techniques to help drive innovation in design and planning of the built environment.

This session will explain how to use three-dimensional modeling as a tool to implement successful sustainable design and planning in their work. Attendees will learn how to operationalize 3D and advanced geospatial technologies for base-mapping, analysis, better design decisions, and communicating ideas more effectively. As a result of this session, attendees will understand the advantages and challenges of using 3D modeling for sustainable design and planning.


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