This was a huge project. Partly because of its scale combined with the level of detail. Luckily the client arranged proper documentation including blueprints and hundreds of reference photos. In this image the elevations of the blueprint have been redrawn, sheared and positioned to fit relative ratio. Mounting all elevations gives an idea of the amount of data that has to be processed.
Constructing parts
When constructing parts I mount the corresponding graphics from the XY and Z elevations. The intersecting blue lines define the top of this ventilator. This method is repeated until the ventilator is finished.
Fixed positions
Coloring usually has to wait until all outline parts are done. I show it now to underline that throughout the whole process everything stays in place.
Layers switched on
Getting back to the constructing phase. All elements are done in the same way as the ventilator. Elevations are switched off to show the entire outline drawing.
The facility is not as complex in relation to some of the machinery. With the client eager to see results I colored the structure.
Waste container
With all outlines done coloring starts. This container has a front and back section allowing me to fit in the waste. A lot of time goes into changing path hierarchy between layers and sublayers.
Some numbers
The final drawing featured around 400 individual parts divided over 9 layers equaling 19095 paths.
Interactive web application
A drawing is always part of a bigger project. This image shows how the client took the illustration a step further.
Interactive web application
Visitors, clients and new employees consult the interactive illustration to help them find out how a complex plant actually operates. The learning process clearly benefits from the illustration and the interactive usability.
Detail view
Clients and graphic designers love the ability to switch off/on layers. With complex files like this it most be stressed not to move anything.
Overall view