Monthly Archive: August 2011

Analytical Space Inspection

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When dealing with complex analytical models, visually checking that all the spaces within a building have been generated correctly is never easy. This is because there are usually so many of them and their bounding surfaces are invariably adjacent to those of other spaces. You often wish that there was a way to 'explode' the building apart so you could see all of its constituent parts. Well, this the first of my experiments to do exactly that. As most analytical models don't define their spaces by storey, even though formats like gbXML allow it, there is actually quite a bit of work involved in generating that structure. There is even more work in managing the positions and animations. Thus, whilst later experiments will use springs and dampers to also separate spaces laterally, this one is just vertical separation.