Imaging the Future

by John J. Larish, Principal; Jonrel Imaging Consultants, Rochester, NY,
Stephen J. Cavuoto, Sr. Assoc.; The Sear-Brown Group, Rochester, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1993, Vol. 63, Issue 12, Pg. 70-72

Document Type: Feature article


Design professionals of all stripes, including engineers, will find themselves working with a variety of visual images more and more in the near future. Image literacy, an understanding the technology and its abilities is a key component to harnessing the power of visual images as design, marketing and informative tools. With improvements in computer processing and storage technology, photographs and videotapes can now be stored and manipulated by relatively common computers. Once transformed into a computer file, the image can be combined with compter-aided design drawings of the planned building. Together, they can show how a building will fit in to its proposed site or how a street will look after is is widened. Among the many technologies available are still-video cameras, digital cameras, optical disk storage, high-quality scanners and improved color management processes for printers. These may only be the first in a range of applications that will increase an engineers use of visual images in many facets of the job. If the trend continues, image literacy may become vital to professional success in the 1990s.

Subject Headings: Imaging techniques | Building design | Cameras | Architect/Engineers | Marketing | Photography | Streets

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