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Monday, November 9, 2009

Waltham team proves that, yes, they can - with Revit

Daily News Tribune
Posted Nov 09, 2009 @ 02:06 AM


The death mask of Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamen is a famous historical artifact made from gold inlaid with colored glass and semiprecious stone.

All it took for a Waltham-based engineering firm to recreate it was modern technology, a little teamwork - and about 3,000 cans of food.

A team of 17 employees from the firm of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger used the green, blue and gold labeled cans - totaling about 2,200 pounds of food - to make a model of the death mask of Tutankhamen.

It was the firm's entry in the Society of Design Administration's "Canstruction" contest in which teams of engineers, architects and students from around the country compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food.

"The theme for the competition was 'Eat the Art'," said Andrew Jeffrey, co-captain for Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger's team in the competition.

First, the team gathered last month to decide what project to undertake.

"We brainstormed a bunch of different ideas," he said.

After deciding to re-create the ornate burial mask, the team did some grocery shopping, buying cans with green, blue and gold labels to achieve the desired color scheme. Cans of beans and tomatoes were mostly used in the model, Jeffrey said.

The team designed its image in cans using a 3D computer program called Revit3D.

The competition was held last month at Bunker Hill Community College where the Waltham firm's team carefully built their model piece by piece.

"The build day was pretty much all day to construct it," Jeffrey said.

The hard work paid off. Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger team was named Jurors' Favorite among the 18 teams that competed.

It was all for a good cause. Each can of food used in the competition was donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Richard Conn can be contacted at 781-398-8004 or rconn@cnc.com.

contributed photo
Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, a Waltham-based architectural firm, participated in the Society for Design Administration's Canstruction and was named Juror's Favorite with this image of King Tutankhamen made out of food tins.

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