1st prototype Rocksolver wall

Yesterday I built the first prototype dry-stone wall using the output of the Rocksolver program as a guide. The wall is about 1m long and half a metre high. It’s shown below, with the virtual Rocksolver structure.

Even without structural stability criteria being explicitly programmed into Rocksolver it does produce some stable structures by virtue of the packing algorithm being used. The sequence below shows the virtual wall being demolished by a simulated earthquake in the virtual Rocksolver world.

The next step will be to program more of the heuristics of rock wall building, such as over-lapping joints.


About malcolmlambert

Atmospheric physicist by trade. Spent some years working in Antarctica and building a house in Tasmania. One day a very old technology (dry stone walling) and a very new technology (computer science) came together in my brain and I conceived an invention. Now I'm an inventor/entrepreneur.
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2 Responses to 1st prototype Rocksolver wall

  1. Adolf Palandri says:

    Has the output of the software been reviewed by real-life stone-masons ?

    • Yes. They have seen where the software needs to be refined before it can be used commercially. For instance, in the first prototype algorithm there are no rules for crossing the joints or for ensuring the wall ends are self-supporting. We will build those rules into the next version.

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