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The Evolution of Design – From 2D to 3D to 4D

Matt Ball on June 16, 2013 - in Smart Cities

Like any current architectural project, the Egyptian pyramids required the designers and craftsmen to overcome significant technical challenges. The demands for precise geometry, the complex network of internal passages and the sheer scale required detailed and meticulous planning. Needless to say the method of communicating design intent was via 2-dimensional drawing. Today, although we have seen the adoption of 3D technology, the process of 2D drawing remains the preferred means of communicating and exchanging detailed information across many disciplines in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) fields.

However, 3D design technology has allowed designers in all disciplines to bridge a gap between the physical world and their own creative vision and design intent. Recent advances in the technology available means that as well as getting a photo-realistic representation of the design, functionality in simulation and analysis allows designers to optimise in terms of performance and behaviour.

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Matt Ball is founder and editorial director of V1 Media, publisher of Informed Infrastructure, Earth Imaging Journal, Sensors & Systems, Asian Surveying & Mapping and the video news site GeoSpatial Stream.

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