Student engineers to benefit from software donation
A donation from Thompson Consultants Inc. of Marion will enable College of Engineering students to use the most updated version of computer-aided design software and eventually access that resource from remote sites.
The Autodesk® Invest in Education Grant package, with an approximate $100,000 value, includes a 25-seat classroom lab of AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite software. The package consists of Architectural Desktop, Full AutoCAD 2007, Building Systems 2007 and Revit 2007. The software will be used initially by civil engineering students in the design graphics course beginning this fall, according to Dr. John Finnie, chairperson of the civil engineering department.
"The students are currently using the two dimensional version of this program and the donation will allow them to solve 3-D problems and one day log onto this software from outside of the computer labs," Finnie said.
Revit and Building Systems allow for 3-D modeling of piping, ductwork, equipment, conduit and the like, according to Scott Guinen, a lead plumbing/fire protection engineer and partner in Thompson Consultants. "It could prove to be very exciting for the professors and students to use in their academics," he said.
Guinen graduated from UMass Dartmouth in 1993 with a degree in civil engineering. He said that his alma mater was the obvious choice to become the recipient of this donation.
In the future, the software may also be implemented in electrical and mechanical engineering classes, said Dr. Antonio H. Costa, dean of the College of Engineering.
Author: "John Hoey"