The 3-D Project serves as a download site for the free exchange clearinghouse for 3-D tutorials, 3-D object drawings and material/texture bitmaps. This Web site also includes detailed project standards information for file type, and the file/layer naming conventions.
With the increased penetration of WWW, 3D is becoming the standard way to present graphical information. Business presentations, proposals and designs are no longer judged alone by their technical merits but also on their visual impact. Technical information today is becoming more interactive as the requirement to conceptualize factual 2D information is replaced by easy to manipulate fully dynamic virtual presentations.
3-D CAD drawings allow for the ergonomic study and virtual walkthroughs of broadcast facility design. While this may seem extravagantly excessive on the surface, there is a growing community that has a very hard time making a spatial correlation from a 2-D drawing to reality. The closer to life your documentation can be, the larger audience you can share the facility vision with.
In 1998 Radio Free Asia switched to a 3-D CAD documentation platform. This not only allowed for virtual ergonomic planning in all studio facility designs, but also made system designs and plans more understandable to the general non-technical user community.
While the 3D drawing process initially takes more time, you will realize more accurate and flexible drawings that can be displayed in multiple modes. The ability to draw an object once in 3D and reuse it in multiple design drawings in the long run becomes a time saving tool.
To draw a studio table in 2-D, every view has to be drawn as a separate drawing including isometric views. In 3-D the studio table, as an object, has to be drawn only once in real life scale. The 3D-studio table drawing can then be viewed and printed in any and all angles and inserted into other relevant drawings. The 3D drawing can also be assigned true-to-life materials and rendered as a "photo realistic" picture.
The most time-consuming task in migrating documentation to a 3-D platform is creating the numerous drawings for objects that make up a facility or flow drawing. These drawings are the individual objects (i.e. various broadcast equipment, furnishings, etc.) that are inserted into multiple final drawings. The availability of pre-existing 3D object drawings will save broadcast engineers an inordinate amount of time when migrating to a 3D platform.