A Short History of Digitally-Assisted Fabrication at CIMS

Date: Tuesday August 29, 2017
9:45 am – 10:30 am

Location: The Theatre (RB2200), Richcraft Hall

Four years ago the Carleton Immersive Media Studio, along with the Heritage Conservation Service and the Parliamentary Precinct Branch of Public Services and Procurement Canada, embarked on a research program investigating how digital fabrication technologies coupled with digital documentation technologies could assist in the rehabilitation of sculptural stone elements of the Parliament Buildings National Historic Site of Canada. Beginning with modest proof of concept projects utilizing 3D printing, the research has and continues to develop hybrid digital/analog workflows that work in concert with skilled masons and sculptors. Most recently, CIMS acquired two robotic milling cells – one capable of cutting maquettes and prototypes and the other capable of cutting large stone sculptures.

This presentation will give an overview of the development of Digitally-Assisted Fabrication research at CIMS, including lessons learned and future trajectories.

About the Speaker

James Hayes is a PhD candidate at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism and a researcher at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio. His research focuses on coupling digitization technologies such as laser scanning and photogrammetry with digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing, CNC routing and robotic milling. This has been realised through a series of collaborative projects with the masons and sculptors working on the current rehabilitation of the Parliament Buildings National Historic Site of Canada. James has worked in architectural practice in Ottawa and Dublin, Ireland, and holds a B.Sc. in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University, and an M.Arch. from Carleton University.Most recently he became a founding partner of If Then Architecture Inc., a firm that aims to leverage digital technologies in the conception and realization of architecture.