Project Atlas: Road map to better blueprints
You might be surprised to learn that even today architects and engineers still use paper blueprints for viewing construction information on their projects. While the actual architectural drawings are made from some of the most advanced CAD software available today, viewing those drawings often still takes place on cumbersome, multi-page, 30"x 42" sheets of paper--the ones you see rolled up under the arm of a hard hat wearing engineer. Within the last few years these blueprints have been digitized, but they are merely digital representations of their paper cousins. However, Todd Wynne and Joe Williams are two engineering entrepreneurs looking to revolutionize the industry by replacing the weighty paper blueprint with a much more flexible, accessible and portable digital form. They call it Project Atlas. Wynne and Williams recently presented their prototype at a 2015 BIMForm based in San Diego and received a very enthusiastic reception from attendees. "The feedback was flattering to say the least. People were really excited about this idea," Wynne states.