Through a two-month internship, Isak gets to show Kvaerner how 3D technology will be a valuable resource in the future. Isak Bråthen happily commutes from Steinkjer to Verdal to develop 3D models at the steel construction company Kvaerner. When he began his bachelor's degree in 3D art, Animation and VFX at Northern University in the fall, 2016 he was unsure what the study could be used for. Now he sees a sea of possibilities.
- Here at Kvaerner I see that there is great use for the 3D models I can deliver, and it is incredibly motivating.
Early interested in the subject
Isaac has been drawing in 3D on paper for as long as he can remember. When he was in ninth grade, a cousin sat working with a 3D computer software and asked if he could help a little. Isaac just as well finished the work for him.
Through Media and Communication at Brønnøysund High School, as well as on a hobby basis, he has further developed his creative talent. He has also helped his father with illustrations for job meetings - and now he does the same at Kvaerner.
- Many traditional drawings can be very technical. My 3D models are pretty basic, but they explain complicated principles and big productions so anyone with eyes can understand.
At Kvaerner, Isaac has his own office desk in the method department. Here he sits at a computer and creates 3D models to visualize the various sequences in a steel construction process. These animations can further be used by the company to show customers and partners what they are doing.
- I didn't get any specific work assignments at first, but they were wondering what I could do for them. In a few hours I made a visualization of some steel pipes that had taken much longer to draw in the traditional way.
Isaac tells that the people of Kvaerner are pleasant and have welcomed him. It is also exciting to work in a company where they do not have his expertise from before. - I think many students have an internship somewhere where they learn how something they study works. Here it is the other way around, and I come in and start at zero - nothing has been produced here before.
The advantage of internship
There may be several benefits of having a job placement with a company during the study period. Isaac is glad that he has not been alone at school and worked with his bachelor this spring. Then he would probably have aimed for classical animation, not knowing which jobs he could actually choose from.
- I had no idea what to do next, but from being a bit lost I see here that there is demand for what I can produce. It is very motivating.
Directly into a permanent job
Henning Hamland, Head of Method Engineering at Kvaerner, confirms that they have seen great benefit from the work Isaac has done for them in recent months.
- We are in a digitalisation process and have seen that we lack resources on visualization. Isaac can show off what we are doing in a whole new way - which can be very illustrative in, for example, sales contexts. When Isak finishes his internship period, and has delivered and passed his bachelor's, he begins in a permanent position as engineer at Kvaerner at Verdal.
- I saw early on that Isaac was good, and we are always looking for good people. In addition, I think there will be more need for this type of expertise going forward, says Hamland.
This article was originally published in Norwegian at trondelagfylke.no