Schemmer’s Dan Kerns, AIA, Featured in Midlands Business Journal’s Architecture Section

Schemmer’s Dan Kerns, AIA, commercial market leader, senior project architect, project manager, and shareholder, was quoted in the June 12, 2020 issue of the Midlands Business Journal. The article, "Architects easily share designs, communicate with clients via software," discussed various ways the architecture industry is keeping in contact with clients and safely social distancing while still providing services using technology.

Innovations in Design Software

The article states that the latest innovations in design software and controls have come to the forefront during current world events. Local architects discussed:

  • new virtual meeting technologies;
  • utilizing holographic displays for presenting 3D content;
  • cloud collaboration enabling real-time practice from anywhere;
  • lighting technology creating spatial awareness;
  • dramatic advancements in software for modeling, rendering, and production;
  • virtual reality allowing real-time rendered views of design work; and
  • building information modeling (BIM).

Staying Connected During COVID-19

KernsKerns said, "Whether it's used for cost estimating purposes, clash detection, or energy modeling, the models we create provide us the opportunity to enhance our deliverables. Additionally, we use software to provide our clients with augmented reality (AR) and/or virtual reality (VR) representations of their buildings. This allows our clients to see and interact with the end product before construction begins."

In the current pandemic, 3D scanning allows minimal human interaction and a limited psychical presence inside a building, accommodating acceptable social distancing guidelines, he noted.

Dan Kerns also talked about culture creation, "Companies continue to realize that having workplaces that enhance work culture provides more productivity in their workforce. Every workplace culture is different, therefore we are forced to be creative, innovative, and pragmatic in our designs."

Due to the COVID-19 environment, he said the workplace is being remade and additional products and innovative solutions will become more commonplace in future buildings.

To read the entire article, please see the June 12, 2020 issue of the Midlands Business Journal. The article can be found on page 5.

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