Title: Computer rapid design II: applications

Authors: Nuno M.F. Alves, Paulo J.S. Bartolo, Jose C. Ferreira

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Technology and Management, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Morro do Lena, Alto do Vieiro, Apart. 4163, 2401–951 Leiria, Portugal. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Technology and Management, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Morro do Lena, Alto do Vieiro, Apart. 4163, 2401–951 Leiria and Institute of Polymers and Composites, University of Minho, Portugal. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049–001 Lisbon, Portugal

Abstract: A new reverse design approach based on the more appropriate algorithms and procedures from both photogrammetry and computer vision in combination with biologically based algorithms replicating the human vision process is presented. The integration of this novel approach with rapid prototyping is investigated through two historic buildings. The findings show that the geometric shape of an existing building can be easily captured and automatically reproduced in both virtual and physical ways.

Keywords: architectural design; BioCAD; heritage buildings; rapid design; rapid prototyping; reverse design; CAD; biological based CAD; computer vision; human vision; photogrammetry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2004.005714

International Journal of Product Development, 2004 Vol.1 No.2, pp.203 - 214

Available online: 24 Nov 2004 *

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