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Survey of construction pros reveals industry tech trends

Construction tech trends revealed in builder survey

posted March 5, 2018
Data security, automation, and a rising demand for digital modeling are three technology trends impacting the building industry in 2018, said James Benham, guest lecturer of construction science and CEO of JBKnowledge, Inc.
Tech’s building industry impact is subject of March 8 CoSci event

Tech’s impact on builders is focus of March 8 events

posted March 2, 2018
Technology’s growing impact on the building industry will be explored March 8, 2018 at the JBKnowledge Contech Roadshow, a daylong Department of Construction Science event at Texas A&M’s Francis Hall.
Viz, planning profs represent Texas A&M March 13 at SXSW

Texas A&M at SXSW to feature planning, viz profs March 13

posted March 2, 2018
Texas A&M at SXSW, a March 11-14 showcase of university faculty and research at South by Southwest, the annual Austin mega-event that celebrates the convergence of creative industries, will include a panel of visualization professors discussing technology.
Blind 'unlock' PDF content with system developed by viz professor

Blind can 'unlock' PDF content using Viz prof’s system

posted February 28, 2018
With a National Science Foundation grant, Texas A&M Professor of Visualization Francis Quek has developed technology for talking books that allows people who are blind to access more literature with increased command over their reading experiences.
Viz prof's study introducing students to STEM fields

STEM study eyes making makers

posted February 22, 2018
Teacher, firefighter and professional athlete used to top the list of what students at Neal Elementary in Bryan wanted to be when they grew up. But in the past couple of years, Neal students in a Texas A&M study began to include variations on "engineer" in their list.
Viz prof sees video games as a  central element of education

Viz prof sees video games as a central part of education

posted February 22, 2018
Video games are an ideal medium to captivate an audience because they offer full interactivity. That can have big implications for education: Just ask Texas A&M University, which wrapped up its first ever game-based course this fall.
Artists to fuse science, tech, art in March 5-8 Wright Gallery exhibit

Artists to fuse tech, science in Wright Gallery art exhibit

posted February 12, 2018
“Anna Dumitriu and Alex May: Recent Works,” a multimedia exhibit exploring the nexus of art, science and technology through the transcendent work of these two artists, is set for March 5 – 8 at the Wright Gallery on Texas A&M University’s campus.
Artists’ lectures, workshops eye nexus of art, science, technology

Artists melding tech, science to host workshops, lectures

posted February 12, 2018
Anna Dumitriu and Alex May, acclaimed artists fusing art, science and technology to produce captivating multimedia art, will share their innovative techniques in a series of public lectures, demonstrations and interactive workshops set for March 6 – 8.
Preservation students document Bryan’s historic Temple Freda

Preservation students model historic temple

posted February 2, 2018
Using tools like terrestrial laser scanners and drones, a team of architecture students, working with the College of Architecture’s Center for Heritage Conservation, developed detailed images and 3-D models of Bryan's historic Temple Freda.
Oscar-winning CG wizard to teach visualization as Hagler Fellow

Oscar-winning CG artist joins viz dept. as Hagler Fellow

posted December 11, 2017
Jerry Tessendorf, an Academy Award-winning professor from Clemson University who revolutionized the use of fluid simulations in computer graphics, is joining the Department of Visualization faculty in 2018 as a Hagler Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Fellow.
Students’ virtual structures viewable on mobile devices

Students’ virtual structures viewable on phones, tablets

posted December 11, 2017
Virtual high-rise buildings, visible only on tablets and phone screens, towered over a physical model of East Downtown Houston in an exhibit staged recently at the Langford Architecture Center by students in a third-year Texas A&M environmental design studio.
Play-based learning earns  NSF grant for visualization prof

Viz prof uses motion tracking to enhance kids' writing skills

posted December 8, 2017
Using motion-tracking technology, Texas A&M visualization researchers are developing and testing an enhanced play system aimed at boosting children’s’ imaginations and enriching their story-telling and writing skills.
Student-developed art history video game earns confab honor

Student-developed art history game earns confab honor

posted December 7, 2017
“ARTé Mecenas,” an instructional video game developed by Texas A&M visualization students to supplement art history courses, was recognized as one of the best “serious games” at a November educational technology conference.
Viz grad tells how Disney created 'Zootopia' city with GIS software

Viz grad tells how Disney team used GIS to create 'Zootopia'

posted November 20, 2017
In “Zootopia,” the Oscar-winning animated film where thousands of anthropomorphic animals coexist, Disney artist Brandon Jarratt, a former Texas A&M visualization student, used geographic information system software to craft the movie paradise.
Lavy, collaborators stress facility managers’ reliance on tech in  award-winning literature review

Lavy, collaborators stress tech reliance by facility managers

posted November 9, 2017
Facility managers should rely on data-driven decision making, resolved a team led by Sarel Lavy, Texas A&M associate professor of construction science, after an extensive review of technology’s relationship to facility management.