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Engineering Student Builds 3D House for Community Member

Dustin-Gale-Resized.jpgBuilding a 3D model of a house sounds like something you’d only see on a HGTV show or find in an architect’s office. Yet this software and know-how is used at Southern Utah University in the Engineering Technology Program to educate students every day and, in Dustin Gale’s case, to help a fellow community member in need.

As his capstone project for the program, Dustin has created a 3D model of a house, complete with interior and exterior views, color schemes and detailed layout features using Revit software. The house was designed specifically for Rebekah Laird, a Cedar City resident and member of the Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center.

“Dustin is helping create my safe haven,” said Rebekah when asked about the project.

Professor Scott Hansen and Sharon Brown, academic advisor, were crucial in helping Rebekah find a student who had the knowledge and ability to help her with her project. Dustin took the knowledge he learned from Farah LeFevre’s Revit class and created a 3D model of the house.

Having a purpose behind the project helped Dustin to complete quality work for Rebekah and to gain industry experience in 3D modelling and handling a client.

“All students in the Engineering Technology Program have to complete a capstone project, so when my professor asked if I wanted to help Rebekah it was perfect,” said Dustin. “3D modelling is right up my alley, plus doing the project for a specific person put more meaning behind the work I did.”

The biggest benefit Dustin says he has gained from this project are the connections made with people.

“You don’t become successful in life without knowing the right people,” said Dustin. “One of the most important things to realize is that life is not so much about what you know, it is about who you know. Every contact that you make could possibly help you later on in your life.”

Dustin will graduate December of 2016 and hopes to use his degree working for a drafting company or in architectural design.

 

Learn more about SUU's department of engineering and technology. 

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