- The Aero and Defense Test 2009 Show will be staged at the Baltimore Convention Center Sept. 29 and 30.
- I have been searching for the lowest common denominator theme for the technology era we are living in.
- My vote is that this is when the mainstream switches from 2D to 3D workflows and technology.
Before getting on another soap box, I wanted to make note of next week’s Aero and Defense Test 2009 Show in Baltimore, MD. Being staged on Sept. 29 and 30 at the Baltimore Convention Center, this event will feature all of the major players in this huge industry. There will certainly be plenty of opportunity to discuss 3D laser scanning with the participants.
Which in a way leads me to the topic for today. I have been trying to distill the technology era in which we find ourselves down into one common, universal theme. As the title of the post indicates I think it will be seen as the time in which we switched from 2D to 3D. Regardless of which technology you choose, whether it be hardware or software based I think history will note this past 5 years and at least the next 5 as the time in which the standard operating procedures and workflows switched from 2D to 3D.
Of course in certain industries, like automotive this has been going on for a much longer time and the shift has probably already occurred. But that is the exception. Most users of CAD and GIS, for instance are still working in 2D. More importantly the required deliverables are still 2D and in many cases paper.
Which in many ways is encouraging, in terms of the future potential growth of 3D products and of course the need for 3D data capture and analysis. As mentioned in yesterday’s post, laser scanning is one of the core technologies for supporting this truly paradigm shift in engineering, design, construction, manufacturing – the list goes on and on.
Do you agree that this will be the 3D era?