The photo below shows the world’s first computer-designed sane (not crazy) paving. I digitised the shapes of the rock pavers by first taking a photo of each one then approximating their shapes with simple polygons then our prototype Rocksolver software application packed the polygons into a rectangular shape.
The top image is the output of the Rocksolver application. The middle image is the real-world paving job laid out according to the Rocksolver plan. I had to choose the last three small rocks by hand because Rocksolver is still in its first prototype stage so sometimes needs a helping hand. The lower image is the paving job created using Sketchup. You can find it and download it into your Sketchup landscaping models by searching for the Intresto collection on Google’s 3dwarehouse.
The next thing for us to do is to make Rocksolver faster and smarter so it fits rocks closer together. We will soon release a free smart phone app to quickly digitise the shapes of pavers then we plan to have Rocksolver online so anyone can upload their data and get Rocksolver to perform its magic and supply a layout plan.