Photorealistic Land Planning Exhibits
Destination for "Milon James Trumble 1879-1931"
"The Magic Eye" and other books by Ann Mauer
EnviroTechnical Imaging is as exciting for the people involved today as it was for Ann Mauer setting out to explore computer graphics in the Silicon Valley. A biologist Ann worked with in 1986 mentioned to her in passing, "There's a couple on Balboa working with a new kind of computer. I think you should see it."
The couple showed Ann their videographics computer. They said that advertising agencies in Japan were using it already. Ann arranged to pay them to complete some test projects. She returned many times to work on their computer. ETI existed from that time forward.
The computer program the couple used was Lumena. Ann received some introductions and headed north to work with Lumena programmers in the Bay Area. People were experimenting with many applications, mainly computer games being designed for desktop PC's.
Ann worked with researchers and programmers whose backgrounds included providing electronic surveillance for the military. These early computer experts were modifying 386 and 486 computers with Targa video capture and processing boards. All the RAM they could insert on PC motherboards was needed to process coarse pictures and nothing more. The PC's ran solely on DOS. Even with only 256 colors, processed images looked promising. Being able to transform pictures in a computer mesmerized Ann and everyone testing applications.
Windows and Photoshop had not yet been invented. Ann's only way to learn more was to rent computer time at beta test sites. After several years, she had specs to build her own system. She bought a large format scanner to be able to input engineer and architect drawings. The rest of ETI's story involves many other people, more specifically, people, land and resources.
A number of engineers, planners, attorneys and builders saw ways to employ EnviroTechnical Imaging. ETI grew to receive larger assignments.
Soon enough, computers offered more power. The struggle to adapt from DOS to high-memory-robbing Windows began. Lumena gradually faded into history. The experience of working with Lumena is remembered to this day by artists all over the world.
Ann juggled between DOS and Windows to keep Lumena operating well past Y2K. She prepared to transfer applications to Photoshop. The complete transfer to Windows was necessitated by Autocad programs used by engineers and architects, further forced by the dawn of the internet. Demands for more speed, more RAM and better electronics in all mini-devices will force more changes still.
In 2003, a new aspect of digital imaging landed unexpectedly in Ann's lap. It was the never-before-told story of a 1920's inventor she could not pass up the opportunity to work with.
Historical imaging of every kind has followed, along with rich associations in many locations. Historical enthusiasts, it turns out, comprise a growing sector of the population. It's a boomer passion exerting more influence on urban planning. Below is one of the sites.
THE FIRST OIL REFINERY IN THE WESTERN U.S. IS A NATIONAL HISTORC LANDMARK TO BE PRESERVED WITH AN OIL MUSEUM IN A NEW BUSINESS APRK
ETI is now expanding capabilities to support heritage-based digital imaging. This includes developing speedy methods for data selection, input, storage, organization and formatting. Ann's past efforts doing the same in land development planning accelerated her steps. Applications now involve communications and themed projects.
Many other people are discovering intricate fascination in digitally formatting historical data for uses beyond education and hobby. Ann has learned how people involved with historical applications acquire deeper insights about choices we face today. With so much history available at high speed, more people can tap into relevant themes for future planning.
New horizons promise more comprehensive approaches to planning and building with energy in the spotlight. Attitudes at the dawn of America's Industrial Revolution changed rapidly from conserving and scrimping to broader experimental views. Ann sees how influences from the past, combined with pragmatic views to the future, will change how Americans view land and resources. This, in turn, promises to broaden how EnviroTechnical Imaging serves people.
Ann Mauer manages ETI's day to day operations. Coordinating work from her digital imaging studio, Ann uses a library of applications for rendering land development projects and special exhibits.
The captain of every ETI project is an engineer or planner from a private firm, typically one with experience using visual imaging services such as ETI provides.
Clients and project managers set a course for identifying design concepts that must be explained in fine detail.
ETI works in tangent with many planning consultants. We function as a loose-knit team, serving a project through entitlement.
Public agency leaders play a big role in defining how ETI communications evolve.