TGN: the FORM of ENGAGEMENT with digital models

10 years ago this month, May 2012, the team I led released automatic drawing-model fusion. It was my idea to build it, and I had the good fortune to be hired at a company that agreed it should be done. That was MicroStation. 10 years ago. I said at the time that this fusion of drawings IN models is fundamental to pretty much everything related to dealing with complex models in any way. The fusion is THE basis of getting a grasp of and understanding models of any kind. Always has been. Always will be. It’s true for models of any kind: physical, mental, digital. (You do the fusion in your mind unassisted by digital media if your software doesn’t help you do it)

I’m glad, truly, to see so many companies now automating this and using it in myriad workflows in every project phase (+++see the LinkedIn post below from Revizto, using the fusion yet again in another way).

The analogy of the fusion of sound into silent film 100 years ago, still stands, solid.

Fusion IS the form of engagement of people with models.

Software companies should continue to carry this further. Much further in fact.

It touches everything.

I propose a set of important enhancements to drawing-model fusion: << The ideas here at my website are free for anyone to use and for software companies to implement into their software products.

The proposed enhancements are called TGN and they:

  • strengthen the perceptual interactive engagement with models,
  • make richest possible use of available graphic expression for improving interpretive sense-making power and effectiveness.
  • The TGN spec also suggests a framework
    • for standardizable cross-platform portability of these fusions, both first gen and second gen (TGN), and
    • important improvements also in terms of OPENNESS —> to many sources of input into the fusions, and output.

If you’d like my assistance with your implementation, message me:

I said the fusion touches everything.

Including “AI”:


From Anthony Heller at Revizto on LinkedIn:

“We are trying to bring more visual context to clash detection workflows. Here is one option we have developed where teams can overlay their Floor Plans (or any drawing) with their Models and then run their clash review process. It seems this workflow gives team members, (especially non-BIM/VDC team members) a much easier visual on where these issues are located and what needs to be done to solve them. You have field operation, engineering, and design teams (to name a few) that have been building off drawings for 20-30 years yet clash has really only been a 3D option. Now we can bridge that gap much easier, and utilize that 20-30 years of knowledge to resolve our most complex clashes with efficient solutions.”

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