Bridgeman Hall looks to future
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a 3-D presentation worth? Well, according to several speakers at Bridgeman Hall's open house Friday afternoon, it's priceless. "BSU is the center of excellence in 3-D modeling and exploration," said...
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a 3-D presentation worth?
Well, according to several speakers at Bridgeman Hall's open house Friday afternoon, it's priceless.
"BSU is the center of excellence in 3-D modeling and exploration," said Barbara R. Hanus, assistant professor and design technology coordinator at Bemidji State University's Department of Technological Studies. "3-D is important for all of us to really understand everything."
Bridgeman Hall houses programs and offices for the Department of Technological Studies as well as the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technologies.
Hanus said BSU is the only university in the United States that teaches people how to create 3-D and the only one to offer four-year degrees in model design, model making and exhibit design.
"In the future, all communication and information will be delivered in 3-D," she said. "This is your new world."
Hanus said 3-D projection is very important to manufacturing, as it allows engineers to simulate a product and check for problems before producing tens of thousands of the item.
She noted that movie directors George Lucas and James Cameron are producing movies in 3-D and "HoloConferencing," which is similar to videoconferencing but in three dimensions, is already going on. In addition, virtual 3-D filming has exploded and theatres such as IMAX have completely retro-fitted their facilities with stereoscopic projection.
"These theatres are only showing 3-D films and they are booked solid until 2012," added Hanus.
The open house showcased the new building and was open to the public. Tours were given from 1-4 p.m., along with 3-D presentations, a message from BSU President Jon Quistgaard, and an energetic speech by Jim Bensen, former BSU president and keynote speaker.
"I hope you left your today and yesterday outside, because what's inside this building is about tomorrow," said Quistgaard.
"We are the premiere technology knowledge center in the country," said Quistgaard. "That's very special."
Bensen outlined how the community, college and so many different individuals and organizations came together to make Bridgeman Hall possible.
"We're celebrating today the building," Bensen said. "But we're really celebrating people, the change agents.
"This is not the end result, it is just the beginning."