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Colloquium - Mullen

Emerging 3D Visualization Methods and SketchUp's Roll in the Future
Chase Mullen
Winston Associates

Video games are the future, literally. Advances in video game technology are leading the way for environmental simulations of every scale, from landscape and urban design to city master planning and resort development all will be designed and presented differently. Conceptually, video games create a virtual world where the player can explore and interact with it. What could be better framework for designer to work inside of. I have developed software that allows for totally unconstrained exploration and interactivity with a 3D model. Users can walk them selves down a street stop and look at paving patters or fly up and down the country side.

SketchUp offers designers the power to work in three dimensions from the beginning of a project. There is no need work though a project on paper or in CAD and then see it later in 3D; it all can be designed and in 3D from the very beginning. With an experienced driver behind the mouse, 3D models can be generated nearly as fast as someone can describe them. We (myself and others at Winston Associates) have developed an approach to public facilitation that really lets "the public" do the designing.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)