What is it about 3D technology that gets me so excited? Honestly, it’s the prospect of getting tools that can better help us plan, map, perceive, and design, and when everything is said and done, we’re essentially re-creating reality. Now that the romanticism of it all has been addressed, let’s talk about what’s getting me weak in the knees: earthmine is getting integrated into AutoCAD 3D.
Why is this important? Well, many have helped in the earthmine project which is attempting to photograph the entire world. With this in mind, architects and designers can utilize these pictures, integrate them with AutoCAD 3D, and see how something will look before ever beginning actual development. Maybe this can save us from horrifically designed buildings that don’t fit in with the surrounding aesthetic.
Earthmine is teaming up with Autodesk AEC to get this integration underway. Is this the first you’ve heard of earthmine? Probably not, as if you’ve ever used Google Street View, you’ve seen an example of what they’re after. However, they’re getting HD shots involved in their photography map of the known world, placing valuable tools in the hands of designers. In the short term, will this have a bearing on your life? Probably not. But, when you think about how the world will look 20 years from now, there’s a reasonable chance that this integration plays a huge role.
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