Parallels between Engineering Graphics and Data Visualization: A First Step toward Visualization Capacity Building in Engineering Graphics Design


  • Vetria L Byrd Purdue University


The definition of visualization in engineering graphics has evolved over the years due in part to extensive research in visualization by the engineering design graphics profes¬sion. The literature indicates research in the areas of engineering graphics and the use of visualization has grown from improvement of visualization skills and the development of visualization tools, to the exploration of spatial ability and perception in engineering graphics. 

The goals of this paper are three-fold: (1) to provide a high level overview of how the definition of visualization has historically been defined and shaped in engineering graph¬ics, (2) provide an introduction to data visualization as a process, and (3) explore the parallels between the process of visualizing data and the engineering design process as first steps toward visualization capacity building in engineering design.



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