CAD drawings are meant to reflect reality in a way that we can spatially comprehend and manipulate – whether you’re designing a bicycle, a bridge or grading out a parking lot. But for the untrained eye, translating 2D line work into the dynamic world we inhabit can be nothing short of a real challenge. Fortunately, que the Indiana Jones theme song, BIG RED DOG is here to help.
One of the many tools we use to do just that goes by the name of “geolocation imagery”. Take the following case for example, the image below contains the existing conditions of a site created from 2D line work.
Depending on your experiences, the image above may be familiar or questionable – just what are we looking at here?
Utilizing Civil3D, BIG RED DOG has access to vast amounts of GIS imagery data. We can convert this data into an image and overlay that image onto the design area of your project. The results look something like this:
As Einstein once said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. “ Using images to keep our projects relatable is but one of many tools we use to breakdown complex designs into more digestible bits of information.