Parliament visit to showcase innovation

David and Rebecca at the Scottish Parliament

Parliament visit to showcase innovation

HND Computer Aided Architectural Design & Technology graduates from Forth Valley College were only too happy to help showcase the College’s innovative practises at the Scottish Parliament recently.

David Jordan and Rebecca Howie joined a team which included lecturer Ian McRae, Curriculum Manager Charles Cameron and Head of department Ian Morrison at the Colleges Scotland organised event on Tuesday 27 September.

The key-note speaker was John Swinney – Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills - and dozens of MSPs and VIPs browsed the stalls and stands to find out what is currently going on at the cutting edge of Scottish Further Education at the moment.

The FVC stand showed how HND Computer Aided Architectural Design & Technology students are applying innovative solutions to produce 3D design concepts using Autodesk Revit software.  High quality digital graphics are produced as part of course work which outline detailed elevations of a wide range of projects.

The detailed work is developed from sketched concepts and in accordance with a clients brief. Planning of the project also gives consideration to the materials and construction methods for the structure and further developed to produce a Building Information Model (BIM).The design must be logically laid-out, space-efficient, energy efficient, and user-friendly and comply with current Building (Scotland) Regulations.

Ian Morrison, Head of FVC’s Department of Construction, said:

“It was a very good event and it was ideal to showcase just what we are doing at Forth Valley College. Both David and Rebecca have completed their HNDs last session and they were brilliant to have at our stand and explain to the wide-ranging audience what can be done with Autodesk Revit software.

“David is now employed within an architectural practice in Coatbridge and Rebecca has progressed to Strathclyde University to study architecture and we are very proud of how well they are doing. We can’t thank them enough for attending the event with us at the parliament.”


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