Sane Paving

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.


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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4 Responses to Sane Paving

  1. This is pretty kool tech. although I’m on the design side and never see the final material used. it would be great if the software filled space that I designated with an appropriate and realistic pattern. or perhaps once people had used the software to upload certain groups of stone, then a database of type could be created for architects and designers. look forward to see more.

  2. Thanks Kristoff. I’m really looking forward to when you can access the colour, texture and shape database and create any number of virtual structures conforming to whatever design parameters you want. I appreciate your feedback.

  3. Hi Malcolm, congrats on the progress with Rocksolver and I look forward to the 2D launch. We are planning to build a stone and timber house this summer with a slate stone flooring so am looking forward to using Rocksolver to plan the floor stones.

    Ken Walker
    Ellershouse, NS Canada

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