Document Type


Date of Award

Fall 10-31-1994

Degree Name

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering - (M.S.)


Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

First Advisor

George Hanna Abdou

Second Advisor

Layek Abdel-Malek

Third Advisor

Sanchoy K. Das


This thesis focuses the use of Initial Graphics Exchange Specification to generate automatically three dimensional surfaces. Currently, different CAD systems utilize their own data formats to generate graphic databases which are not compatible with one another. Besides, most of the existing CAD systems require an interactive data input process which is very much time consuming. In order to solve above problems, an efficient algorithm has been developed in this research to automatically generate portable graphic database following ICES specifications. This portable graphic database can be adopted by different commercial CAD/CAM systems. Using the proposed method, the current design process can be upgraded from the interactive data input method to automatic modelling method that accelerates design process in surface generation significantly. The main objectives of this research are: (1) curtail the surface generation time, (2) reduce the memory space for data storage and communication. A user-friendly program has been written in FORTRAN 77 to apply the proposed algorithm. A case study illustrates the effectiveness of the proposed method.



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