Year 12 students Ryan McGreavey and Mitch Bellamy are programming a 3D computer generated rendering of the whole Brooke Weston building. They are planning to completely map the exterior of the building and the internal main corridors to produce a ‘fly-through’ on the website, so parents and visitors can see the layout of the building.
The duo work on the project as part of the IEC scheme on Wednesday afternoons and Ryan often continues after school. They are using the Autodesk 3DS Max program and initially took photographs for reference before adding details, such as brickwork and exterior trim, to ensure the finished result is accurate.
Mitch said: ‘When finished the “fly-through” will be useful for people who visit the academy website and want to get a feel for how the school looks and functions as a building. Ryan and I will be working on separate blocks, not collaborating on the same section; we are also planning to survey the school grounds to make the end result as realistic as possible.'
The project will help Ryan, who plans to study graphics, as many of the skills he is learning now will be relevant and transferable to his chosen career of games designer. He said: ‘It took me a week to program the main shell of the downstairs purple corridor. To get the block-work texture right you have to take a picture of it, then crop it down so it can be replicated into the right pattern. It should be achievable to get the whole building completed in about a year. Sometimes it is trial and error but when we are really not sure what to do Mr Browne helps us quite a lot.’