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13 February 2013


Interesting blog topic. Paper still rules for shop floor, but I would like to see the day when a purpose built shielded projector/PC combination can be used to project the drawing. No good for in the field but that where tablets and/or paper come into play. The light from welding arc could make the projection invisible but I can't remember the last time I welded and looked at a projector simultaneously.

Hopefully flexible display technology will be a step in the direction of enabling technology to replace paper.

Do you think they would be durable enough to withstand magnetic and electrical interference of some job work spaces or just used for calmer work sites?

I wonder if they will have a D-size flexible display that can be seen in sunlight and take a coffee spill. :-)

Real blue prints are dead. I haven't seen a smelly blue line copy or a machine that prints them in at least a decade.

However, every time I visit an engineering office, I am struck by the fact that so much is still paper based. I've worked with a number of companies that have tried to move to electronic markups, but it's a tough transition.

So, while actual bluelines are pretty much dead, paper based processes live on.

Printed sheets aside, what do you think of Phil Bernstein's prediction that in the not too distant future there will not even be the need for abstractions? That is, floor plans, drafted details, even sheets will yield to a complex data-rich model. Seems to me this utopia is analogous to the move from CAD to BIM, and what you describe in the post as the move from drafting boards to CAD. Hmmmm...

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