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  • Writer's pictureBrad Bollman

How do you draw a phone?




I'm reminded of a story about my kids from several years ago, when they were still pretty young. As we often did at home in the evenings, we were doing crafts at the kitchen table. My daughter, three years old at the time, said “how do you draw a phone”?  As my mind started to think about how to draw a base unit with the key pad, curly cord and a handset, her six year old brother said “I will show you”. I was thinking that he is very talented and he can likely draw the phone I had envisioned in my mind. He grabbed the piece of paper, drew a rectangle, another rectangle inside the first, a circle at the bottom (back when iPhone still had the home button) and a small line on the top. My daughter looked at it and said “ok, but where are the apps?”  My next thought was “wow” how things have changed from generation to generation. Technology has given us the opportunity to perceive things differently today than we would have been able to just a few short years ago.


The idea of technology giving us tools to help communicate ideas or solutions more effectively has never been more prevalent in Engineering & Architecture than in the use of 3-D modeling. In the old days we would use 2-D blue prints to indicate solutions to our client’s requirements. Sometimes the client was able to visualize those solutions from the 2-D blueprints and sometimes not so much. Today with the aid of 3D software we are able to give the client a better visual perspective of the solutions to meet the needs of their project. 3-D modeling of the project allows our clients the opportunity to See It- Then Decide. So what can they see?

  • How people and space interact within the facility.

  • How the scale (feel) and materials (look) of the facility interact with people.

  • Where conflicts occur between building systems or facility flow.

Contact us about how we can use our 3-D modeling tools to deliver a project you can see before you decide to build.

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