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September 15, 2014 AT 4:46 pm

The engine for the original “Doom” is being used to design buildings

“Doom” is the gift that keeps on giving.

The original 1993 game rendered a 3D space from a 2D floor plan, and that’s what ICE does as well. ICE works with industry-standard design software like AutoCAD, and allows engineers to create a virtual mock-up of a room, including underlying building features such as pipes and electrical lines. Then, everything is built at once, not piecemeal, which DIRTT says is a much more efficient method.

In an interview with Popular Science, DIRTT president Scott Jenkins said the goal of his company’s approach to designing buildings is to reduce an issue that’s rampant in the construction industry: having to re-scope a project when contractors realize they don’t have the resources they need to get the job done with the original budget.

“Because of ICE, we don’t have separate teams of manufacturers trying to coordinate with ordered engineering,” said Jenkins. “You’d have to build the materials separately and then put them together later. That’s all electronic for us.”

Hopefully the buildings they are constructing will come without the hell spawn.

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