Digitally Archiving Architectural Models and Exhibition Designs

pta22_figure2Happy Summer.  I thought I would share this short article I wrote on archiving Computer-aided design (CAD) for Practical Technology for Archives:

Digitally Archiving Architectural Models and Exhibition Designs: The Case of an Art Museum

ABSTRACT

During the course of electronic records start-up project for a medium-sized art museum located in the Northeast United States, the need to develop strategies for digitally archiving two-dimensional CAD drawings (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) models became readily apparent. Over 37,000 CAD drawings were unearthed during a network storage inventory project, as well as over 6,000 3D models. These files originate primarily in VectorWorks (and its predecessor MiniCAD), AutoCAD, and Rhinoceros. Given this need, this project is motivated by the question: By what methods can two-dimensional CAD drawings (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) models be digitally archived for long term preservation and access? To answer this question, a review of the relevant literature will be conducted, followed by an investigation of solutions available to this medium-sized museum, and conclude with format migration tests of select records.

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