The AUP Project
March 12, 1996; Time Today: 15 hours, Total Time: 66 hours
I’m Back! We got our renewed copy of form*Z a few weeks ago. Haven’t had much time to work on the project at school, so I’ve moved a PowerPC machine to my home and have continued the project there. I re-evaluated the work I had done, and found a bunch of small inaccuracies, due mostly to my lack of knowing how to use form*Z when I started. Since I started with the foundation, all my errors on that were passed throughout the building. So, I’ve started over. This time I constructed the foundation walls and pilasters seperately, unioning them together afterwords. This was easier and more acurrate. I did the foundation entirely based on the foundation plan, and then constructed the first floor columns based only on the first floor plan. I then lined the two up and resolved any inaccuracies. I believe I now have a perfect base to begin working off of. The 15 hours listed for today covers work I’ve done since restarting the project on March 9th. I’ve decided to skip the complex floors for now, and concentrate on getting more of the basic form of the building in place. I will be able to borrow pieces from the earlier model, such as the floor to the large lecture hall (room 170), and later I should be able to use the pans for the complex floors, which will save a lot of time.
So far, I’ve got the foundation, all major floor elements, and all columns done. I’ve also completed the CMU outer walls on the north and south ends of the building.
I was initially taking screenshots into Photoshop, but I’ve now begun using the ‘Save As’ feature in form*Z, which has a PICT option. These images seem a bit nicer. I still take them into Photoshop, resize them to 468 pixels wide (the widest image I will use on this site to remain friendly to all browsers and monitor sizes), and convert them to GIFs. For now I have then used GIFConverter to interlace them, but I’ve heard PhotoShop has that feature somewhere, so I’ll figure that out soon to save an extra step.
I looked a little more at Infini-D, to see how to do VRML models, when I discovered it doesn’t do VRML, it does Quicktime VR. Maybe that’s better, maybe it’s worse. I’ll have to see. Might be cool to do a Quicktime VR in the model, and a real Quictime VR in the same place in our building, and compare them. Also, as soon as I get some reasonable interior shots of the model, I’m thinking of taking real pictures, and using a morph program to morph from the model to reality. Could be a cool effect.
Foundation Walls & Columns
Foundation Walls & Columns with Ceiling (Ghosted wireframe)
Foundation Walls & Ceiling
Foundation & First Floor Columns
Foundation & All Columns w/North & South Floors
Foundation, All Columns, and All Floors
Courtyard View of Previous
First Floor, North End w/Recessed Lecture Hall
Same as Previous w/Ghosted Outline
First Floor, West End w/Raised Lecture Hall
Entire First Floor
Outer CMU on North End of First Floor
Same as Previous w/Columns
Same as Previous w/Foundation
First Floor Plan of North End
Outer CMU on South Endo of First Floor
Same as Previous w/Columns
Same as Previous w/Floor
Entire First Floor w/North and South CMU
Same as previous with Second floor pad