Dive in (!) to digital models. But what is your form of engagement with them, once you’re in? https://tangerinefocus.com/2022/06/08/the-form-of-engagement/  

TGN: next generation user interactions within modeled worlds give users

the power to create, clarify, and share, their own expressions of

articulated focused attention, within models.

[Tangerine] Makes Insight Tangible, both for humans, and for machine parsing, by evolving the techniques people use for understanding complex information environments, and introducing the resultant new media to cognitive computing.  http://tangerinefocus.com



TGN will have a secondary effect, on cognitive computing.

The purpose of media is to support the thought process, to help us understand things. Media will continue evolving for this purpose. Tangerine’s Spec will play an important role in making media a more energetic and able companion to thought and understanding, and will do so both for human and machine cognition.

Earlier Innovations


The CAD/BIM innovation demonstrated in the videos (at the page above) has been commercialized (2012) and patented (2015/16, see links below the videos). Eight software companies now, since 2012, feature automated drawings-in-model fusion (first generation): Bentley, Graphisoft (in BIMx Docs, mobile), Dalux, Revizto, working together: Morpholio and Shapr3DSolidworks (since 2015) and now Tekla too.

This innovation realized my (rob snyderdrawing-model fusion ideas during the time I was employed at Bentley Systems. Before that I was a user of MicroStation software and the Brics BIM module (TriForma) that ran on it, since 1996. In 2007 I wrote to Bentley Systems proposing the drawing-model fusion idea. Eventually this led to my employment there leading the team that designed and developed the drawing-model automated fusion features that were released in May 2012, then marketed as the so-called “hypermodel”.

The Form of Engagement



About the form of engagement with models. 

TGN is a proposed form of engagement with digital models (of all kinds). It’s motivated by:

  • the imperative of visual interpretive technique for making sense of models, a human demand for clear intelligibility, through a coherent and recognizable form of engagement with very complex digital environments, and
  • the clear and present (and patently obvious!) path forward to the generation 2 fusion of articulate focus within digital worlds, leapfrogging the now 10 years old 1st gen drawing-model fusion automation that I invented.

TGN is intended as an open standard and common format of engagement with models, for development within YOUR favorite modeling apps and platforms. TGN is a triple fusion of:

  1. modeled environments (of any kind)
  2. technical “drawing” (attention-focusing rigs)
  3. techniques of camera control from the history of film (who’s better at techniques of looking atthings?)

Regarding the latter (camera control), some intriguing examples are here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yLHNBssyuE4 The narrator mentions at the end, “camera moves in film, combining informational control and emotional positioning; movement becomes the director’s editorial voice.” 

Well, this is applicable in technical domains like engineering, architecture, and construction, far more than you may at first imagine. 

TGN will make digital worlds more effective, useful, and engaging for architects, engineers, builders, and facility occupants and operators. 

At a minimum, TGN is aimed at making (all) models more engaging, more intelligible, more clarifying, and therefore easier to use and more useful to use, less tedious to use and more fun to use. More interesting AND more practical. More informative. Let’s put it this way: more a place where thinking happens and understanding grows. 

This will attract more people, to do more things, with more models. 

And guess what?

That’s gonna make models better.

To be clear, you develop TGN functions in your favorite software platform. 

TGN is NOT, yet another, software product. 

It just makes the software you love, better. 

Let’s do it!

Evolution in the Form of Engagement.

TGN is a proposed industry standard, and open, form and format of engagement with digital spatial environments of all kinds, with a community-managed TGN standard core feature set (to enable cross-app/platform TGN rig portability with acceptable graphical fidelity after the share) plus a practically unlimited feature ceiling above the standard core for domain and app-unique graphical expression that can be developed by anyone using the TGN API while still having the reliable TGN standard core.

Download a software developer specification for TGN at my website: https://tangerinefocus.com   There, also find TGN demo and discussion videos.

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