Digital Technology in Architecture


The introduction of digital technology in the Architecture and Design discipline profoundly changed the way architects and designers created the drawings and documents required for the delivery of an architectural project. Previously, drawings were drawn by hand with a drawing board, set square and pencil or pen. Mistakes were dealt with delicately, scratching out and redrawing the correct layout.

A team of 10 people required to complete the drawings can now be reduced to 2-3 people when using computer aided design. Some drawing packages are complicated to understand and use, with specialists required to offer assistants to daily users.

The advantages of digital technologies in the Architecture and Design field are that production of drawings has increased enormously, ease of producing options by copying and adjusting to suit, staff numbers are reduced therefore saving wages, drawing accuracy has increased and 3D capabilities assist clients to understand the project.

Another asset is the linking between word docs and drawings enabling a connection between drawings and reports by creating a database of information.

Is the next step creating digital technologies that support 3D holographic displays so you can ‘walk through’ a holographic display of the building?

 

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