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Dominique Doberneck

Dominique Doberneck

State College, PA, US

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Kara Knechtel (left) and Dominique Doberneck (right) presenting the heliodon to the third year students in the Stuckeman Family Building
Kara Knechtel (left) and Dominique Doberneck (right) presenting the heliodon to the third year students in the Stuckeman Family Building
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The Heliodon - An Educational Tool

Working under an advising professor, Ute Poerschke, I worked on a 3 person student team to design, develop, and build a heliodon.  The machine simulates the path of the sun at a given latitude, time of year, and time of day.  By using this type of interactive machine, students are able to better visualize and comprehend the sun's movement, as opposed to simply interpreting sun analysis output from programs such as Ecotect or Vasari.

Because of the complex movements of the machine, many complex, custom connectors had to be designed and built.  Currently, the heliodon is being used in the Stuckeman Family Building (architecture and landscape architecture studio) at Penn State University.

 
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Status: Built
Location: University Park, PA, US
My Role: Co-Designer, Co-Builder
Additional Credits: Professor Ute Poerschke
Kara Knechtel
Kassandra Garza

 
Rolling connector attaching the conduit hoops, representing the sun's path at the solstices or equinox, to the frame of the machine
Rolling connector attaching the conduit hoops, representing the sun's path at the solstices or equinox, to the frame of the machine
Kara Knechtel (left) and Dominique Doberneck (right) demonstrating the use of the heliodon to third year students, using a site model from their current studio project.
Kara Knechtel (left) and Dominique Doberneck (right) demonstrating the use of the heliodon to third year students, using a site model from their current studio project.

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