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WMU recognized for innovative use of 3D design software

Nov. 15, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University is being recognized for its successful innovative use of 3D computer-aided design software in the classroom by the international company that created the software.

California-based Autodesk, a leading 3D design, engineering and entertainment software company, is featuring WMU as a "customer success story" in its promotional materials for the software that allows students to model campus buildings for energy analysis renovations and retrofits.

Students in WMU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the University's Facilities Management staff have been using Autodesk software for years and have taken the technology a step further to create building information models of existing buildings on campus. The Autodesk promotion highlights WMU as the only owner of this software to take this innovative approach.

"This is a great opportunity for WMU to stay ahead of the curve in facility management. Our students and professional staff are pushing the software to new levels of efficiency and optimum facility stewardship," says Peter Strazdas, WMU associate vice president of Facilities Management.

In addition to this recognition, Strazdas will co-present a workshop on building information models during the Construction Owners Association of America's fall leadership conference Nov. 17-19 in Tampa, Fla. He joins other presenters from Texas A&M, Walt Disney Engineering, Georgia Tech, the University of Florida, the University of Colorado, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and many national construction and architectural firms.

For more information, contact Peter Strazdas at peter.strazdas@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8584.

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Media contact: Deanne Puca, (269) 387-8400, deanne.puca@wmich.edu

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