Visualization and Intelligent Design in Engineering and Architecture


In recent years, remarkable advances in computer visualization of objects and physical phenomena have been made. Computer images can now represent real objects very accurately. These techniques can be enhanced by defining any desired path, creating animation, moving computer views and real world video models, as well as sound tracks, resulting in multimedia representations. The development of these techniques has been possible because of the improvements in computer graphic devices, better algorithms and faster processors, which allow workstations and high speed PCs to be suitable platforms for visualization and have greatly improved the ability of high-performance computers to produce computer images, in animated forms, of complex engineering and architecture problems allowing a dynamic analysis of their behavior.

Visualization has been essential for the development of new design techniques in engineering and architecture. The integration of computer visualization with other advances in computer computational sciences, such as knowledge based support systems, object bases, advance numerical methods, etc. provide the basis for intelligent design systems. The objective of this paper is to discuss advances in visualization as a tool for intelligent design in engineering and architecture. The paper aims to bring together research in computational mathematics and industrial hardware and software, as well as science, engineering and architecture for developing practical applications in these various fields. A presentation of our results on workstations with graphic peripherals and personal computers will be available to the audience.

Last update: March 23, 1995. If you have any comments, please send a mail to

Werner Purgathofer, Institute of Computer Graphics, Technical University of Vienna.