Concept
    This can be anything from a simple sketch in pencil (or lipstick) on the back of a paper napkin all the way through to a fully detailed 3 Dimensional computer drawn model.

    The concept is something that may well not yet be fully visualized or imagined and often will evolve through several varying developments. These variants being driven by practical concerns such as cost, material suitability, fabrication and final location.

    From a final concept the engineering and or shop drawings will be created for engineering, approval, and fabrication.

The more we learn about the intended expectation of the completed project in the Concept phase not only enables the completion of the project on-time and on-budget, but allows for more efficient and coordinated Design and Fabrication processes.

Design
    Either leading on from Concept drawings or sketches or directly, Technical Design Drawings are created using specific 2D or 3D modelling software and laid out to a set of specified standards usually according to a client's particular requirements for approval.

    The Drawings will contain all the information that is needed for the fabrication processes. Along with all details for construction requirements such as dimensioning and specific weld requirements for metalwork, the drawings will include callouts for finishing requirements, individual parts and all other important information.

If engineering is required for a project the engineer will work with the designer during the creation of the Design Drawings to ensure the design meets the required structural calculations.

Fabrication
    In fabrication the project really starts to come alive, this is usually the first point that something physical starts to appear.

    Parts are produced whether from CNC, 3D printing, milling or from manual methods. These parts, which may be produced from many different materials with many different finishes, will be assembled together and the product will take shape.

    Depending on the requirements and scope of the project it may be complete prior to moving out for installation, or in other cases final assembly due to size or complexity may only be possible at the final installation location.



Installation
    The final step of a typical project where either the complete or sections of a project are transported to and located in their final position.

    Depending on the size and complexity of the project this can be a very quick and simple process or requiring multiple steps and specialist equipment.

    Once the installation is complete the project itself may be complete or there may be an ongoing maintenance/refurbishment program.



Refurbish & Restoration
    This may be any of a number of operations, usually driven by what has occurred to the product. Deterioration due to age or exposure to the elements, failure of electrical or electronic components or moving parts are just a few of the causal factors. The extent, cost and time of a rehab or refurbish will be determined by the magnitude of the work required to bring the product back to the required condition.



Fine Model Making
    Scale Models are usually but not always a miniaturized version of an object be that a ship, airplane or tree.

    In some instances the model can fabricated larger than the original object. Model making can be a valuable resource for many industries in having a 3 dimensional physical representation of the object.

    More popular subjects are architectural and railroad although military and sales can often benefit from an accurate model for specific requirements.

Models can be static or animated, built from a huge variety of materials and fabrication methods and can be as simple or complex as the project requires.

Show Sets & Set Pieces
    Show sets can be simple, quick, cheap and temporary anywhere through to huge complex multi-faceted permanent features with intricate design and engineering some of which may also require the incorporation of quick and efficient set up and take down features.

    The set can be fabricated from anything as simple as fabric draped over a pole all the way to huge metal framed structures.

The set can be static or enhanced with animated and interactive features along with props. Sets may have many requirements so all of these elements must mesh together seamlessly to enhance the viewer's experience.

Prototypes
    A prototype can be a scale model, a full size mockup or a fully functioning version of the desired item.

    Usually a prototype is created for the purposes of testing and developing the design and function of a specific product. The prototype can be a simple physical representation of the item for form and fit, a simplified version of the actual design, or a dedicated exact working copy of the design.

In many instances the cost of a prototype can exceed a production item however design modifications and refinements are carried out using the prototype prior to production. These modifications and refinements can save expensive errors in each production unit.



Interactives
    An interactive can be part of an exhibit or show set.

    It can be a device or item designed to respond in a specific way to an input from a person. The interactive can be as simple as a manual device that uses the persons strength to operate motion, or a complex design activated by heat / motion sensors or push / touch devices that engage a pre-determined sequence from the item via electrical or mechanical components.

An interactive can be simply for fun or could be an educational tool for learning.

Scenic Painting
    Scenic painting includes wide-ranging disciplines, encompassing virtually the entire scope of painting and craft techniques. An experienced scenic painter will have skills in landscape painting, figurative painting, trompe l'oeil, and faux finishing.

    The unique eye, perception, techniques, and specialized knowledge of the scenic painter allows them to replicate an image to a large scale. The Scenic Painter is often expected to make the finished product fire-proof and to work quickly within a tight budget.

Experienced scenic painters will have skills in landscape painting, figurative painting, trompe l'oeil, and faux finishing.



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