Date: Wednesday, June 1
Time: 10:20 a.m. – 12 noon, third of three presentations at this time
Location: 104 Gore Hall
Anna Wik and Roger Wagner will present two perspectives on 3D visualization tools.
To design a compelling physical space, it is necessary to conceive of and represent an idea in multiple dimensions, planes, and scales. In the course CAD for Site Design, landscape design & civil engineering students use 3D printing technology to create a scaled physical representation of an object of their own design. In this case, the object was a simple site furnishing, which they first draw by hand, then in AutoCAD, and finally modeled using SketchUp before sending it to print.
This iterative design process allows students to repeatedly test their design, as well as investigate the material limitations and use of 3D printing as a tool. 3D printing technology has applications in the world of landscape architecture as a mechanism to design and fabricate complex site furnishings or other hardscape elements. This allows the entire process to stay in the designers hands as designs can be transmitted directly to fabricator, without the use of a contractor or traditional construction documentation.
Digital three dimensional files can be generated by various kinds of microscopy, x-ray scans and scanning devices. This data must be rendered (given a surface), scaled and converted to a file format which is used by 3D printers. Printed 3D models can be exceptionally useful in teaching structure and form where tactile sensations coupled with visual input enhance understanding such as in the anatomical sciences.
Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences
Dr. Wagner is a native of Minnesota and completed his Ph.D. in Cell Biology in 1971. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale University Medical School from 71-73 and then joined the faculty at the U. of D. He retired in 2006 but remains active in teaching (Microscopic Anatomy) and collaborative research involving 3D modeling and printing of blood vascular systems and Zooplankton (Radiolarians and Foraminiferans).
Assistant Professor, Plant & Soil Sciences
Anna Wik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and a registered landscape architect. She has designed, documented, and managed construction of many landscape projects in the region, working with community and non-profit partners including Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Philadelphia Water Department, Longwood Gardens, and numerous community groups. Anna’s courses investigate the relationship between the practice of design and the built environment, and her design focus is on the urban landscape, the creation of equitable public space, and the impact of community partnerships. She is extremely excited about the new professional degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, being offered for the first time in fall of 2016.