Commendation for Inverurie graduate

Michael Freeman receiving his award from CIAT President, Karl Grace.
Michael Freeman receiving his award from CIAT President, Karl Grace.

AN Inverurie graduate has been recognised in a national report competition rewarding excellence in the written and research skills of students within the Architectural Technology discipline.

Michael Freeman (21), who graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology from Robert Gordon University (RGU) last year, was commended in the 2013 Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Technical Report) category, run by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). Entrants were required to demonstrate their excellence in Architectural Technology in the form of a technical report or academic paper based on a dissertation or research assignment.

Michael, who received a cheque for £250, is now working with 3D visualisation and animation company Digitnm and wrote his report on the improvements in accuracy of digital recording, investigating the different ways that information is gathered and stored.

The former Inverurie Academy pupil said: “My dissertation focused on comparing the accuracy of photogrammetric software to that of laser scanning, which has a reputation for being extremely accurate. I focused on using software which was relatively new to the market at the time and so didn’t contain much information on the best way to use it. I looked to find the faults which caused inaccuracies in the final 3D model and which could be improved on the next one.”

He added: “I find everything about the subject interesting, which is why I really enjoy my job with Digitnm, a company which applies visualisation techniques to offshore living quarters and tools.

“As there are so many new techniques in this area, it is fascinating to see how they continue to develop and improve, and the impact they will have on the architectural industry going forward.

“I loved doing Architectural Technology and acquired some great skills during my four years at RGU which has helped me in my current job.”

Architectural Technology course leader, Jonathan Scott, said: “It is great to see RGU graduates being recognised in a national competition. Congratulations to Michael who tackled a very complex topic in an insightful and interesting way.”