2d

Common term for software / IMAGE supporting planar representation ONLY.

3d

Common term for software / IMAGE supporting spatial representation.

AEC

Architecture, Engineering, Construction
AEC refers to the planning, design, construction and operation of facilities in the built environment. Built environment means anything constructed (vs. assembled), including:

  • Commercial - Office buildings, shopping centers, etc.
  • Government - Court houses, post offices, etc.
  • Institutional - Colleges, hospitals, etc.
  • Residential - Houses, apartment buildings
  • Infrastructure - Highways, bridges, power and process plants

animation

Animation is the creation of a timed series of rendered images (frames)  to provide the appearance of continuous movement when played back.

C.A.D. / C.A.D.D.

Computer-aided design or drafting
A process in which an operator uses a computer graphics program for drafting and design. this can occur in either 2D space or 3D space. The primary creation of information is in graphical form but other forms of information (costs, materials) can be input and stored also.

note: the functions of c.a.d. and modeling are rapidly merging.

frames

In animation, a frame is a single graphic image in a sequence of graphic images.

FTP

 File Transfer Protocol
Allows you to copy or send files from one computer to another via the Internet.

model-centric

A technology in which a computer model serves as the primary repository of information for a project or product.

modeling

A process in which an operator uses a computer graphics program to create objects in 3d space, A 3D MODEL. The primary creation of information is in graphical form and is accurate in three dimensions. this allows many advanced properties (engineering data, volumes) to be associated with the model. modeling data serves as the platform for rendering, animation and simulation.

online document management

 

post production

The process of transforming the products of rendering into an individual finished product (PRINT, VIDEO TAPE, ETC.).

rendering

A process in which an operator uses a computer graphics program to create a realistic image from a computer model. Rendering is a numerically intensive task. Quality images of complex scenes may requires hours of computations on a single workstation.

visualization

The process of combining modelling, rendering and post production to present a cohesive graphical representation of a project / product.

raster

 

vector

 

dwf

 

 

 

 

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