Written By: Rachel Dempsey
A junior at UNO studying Architectural Engineering, Tristen Davis decided it was time to start building relationships and furthering his knowledge of construction because the industry is extremely competitive. Tristen knew that by learning how things are built in the field, it will be easier for him to understand how structures are designed virtually later on in his career.
“Construction Engineering and Architectural Engineering are two different industries but they have to all work together and I really just wanted to get a different perspective on things between the two,” explained Tristen.
Tristen works under Tim Tiensvold, MCL’s Director of Virtual Design and Construction, as a BIM intern. With his internship, Tristen is able to get hands-on experience working with programs like AutoDesk Revit, which is a structure modeling software for architects, engineers, designers, and contractors.
“My favorite thing about this internship is working with Revit because, if you are going into architectural engineering, you have to have a strong background in the program,” reveals Tristen.
With Tristen’s internship focusing solely on virtual construction, he is able to get a lot of experience for school to help him shine above his classmates. He is happy with MCL because the workers have been so helpful and genuine plus the company has really shown him what it takes to be dedicated to your career.
“Dedicated is how I feel I am and how I have to be. If you are not dedicated to the Architectural Engineering major, you aren’t going to get through it. It's the same thing with my internship; if you aren’t dedicated to what you are doing, you are more likely to mess up,” said Tristen.
Tristen believes virtual designing is important because it allows for issues to be addressed in advance. With programs like BIM 360 Glue, Tristen is able to combine the architectural, mechanical, and structural models of a project together to make sure everything is working properly.
As technology advances within the construction and architectural engineering fields, there will be fewer mistakes. It allows problems to be noticed and fixed before they happen in the field and the workers can be told how to build something to avoid conflicts or additional costs.
“I think it's the future of construction because, obviously, you can build an entire model of a building that you can walk through to see how it is going to look before it is built. It makes building it a lot easier and it streamlines the process,” concluded Tristen.
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