“Participating in the project I got the hang of 3D building structuring based on real-life measurements, as well modeling in ArchiCad. Also, I learned to make surface textures what could be added to 3D buildings. The project also gave me some travelling experience. Got the knowledge about the history of Lublin and Polish culture in general. I liked the environment which we changed almost every day to see, learn and experience more. I enjoyed working in team with different people.”
Our institution in close partnership with Riga School of Art & Media provided two series of tutorials as the main learning resource of the trainings. Both modeling and coding tutorials were tested by the learners who could gain the required knowledge to assemble similar interactive content on their own. To test this, both teams were involved to the realisation of the models directly, following newly learnt techniques with ARCHICAD’s Morph objects. Their involvement resulted in important contributions to the model of Pest and Lublin in their modern time periods, but it was also important through the fact that it provided real work experiences for them and the requirements of proper teamwork in a large scale project.
With the evaluations of the students and their teachers it was only feasible to finalise the structure and exact working of the tutorials which might be the learning tool for several further classes in architecture, interior design or in any of the connecting areas. The seven chapters of the modeling tutorials mainly deal with Morph modeling in ARCHICAD, starting with the basic editing options to more complex operations in order to provide the required geometry. Besides these one can learn how to create complex 2D drawings with the help of guidelines and how to apply such graphics on the faces of the Morphs. The proper handling of layer combinations, the advantages of the Profiler tool and the quick creation of terrains after height maps or team-working possibilities with hot-linked modules are all essential skills and competences of any person working with CAD and BIM software in the future.
The students became very motivated to continue studying their professions. After graduating Riga Art and Media School eight of the nine first group students entered the universities. Now they are studying architecture, interior and applied design, graphic design and building engineering. One of the students continued an international internship in Erasmus + KA1 project in Hungary and returned back to Latvia very enthused about her achievements which were possible owing to the project. Those students who are to graduate this school year are preparing for entrance exams to continue their studies in higher education institutions.