Mine The Scrap UI/UX.

Software to redistribute scrap through machine vision.

Mine the Scrap is a data driven process that designs new structures algorithmically generated from existing scrap. Using computer vision and construction automation, we address the pressing need to convert waste into resource. The installation allows one to experience an algorithm at work.

The project transforms irregular, non-uniform stocks of construction scrap into new forms, finding beauty and intricacy in neglected waste. Instead of pulverizing and chemically aggregating these disparate scraps in energy-intensive processes, Mine the Scrap finds the unique best use of each piece in a new structure through a process of scanning and classification. Combining the logic of the quilt with customized shape and pattern detection, Mine the Scrap scans the material and generates an inventory of different forms.

The software facilitates the use of these scrap pieces. The left side of the viewing interface is a real-time camera view of the scrap pieces. OpenCV is used to record the scrap edges and apply any necessary perspective transformations. As the pieces are scanned in they are added to the database. From this database a model is adaptively built. The logic which informs the model is an adapted catmull-clark algorithm. The new algorithm will subdivide the model in specific areas to allow the model to be built with the scrap at hand.

The model-view on the right shows the model as it is being assembled. As the database collects shape outlines, it also collects bitmap images of the scrap pieces. These bitmap images are used to create textures for the model. This allows for a preview view of the model to built which shows a visualization of the expected outcome. When the design is complete, the model along with the accompanying scraps can then be exported.


Role: Concept, UI/UX, Video Storyboarding, Video Filming, Actor, Video Editing, Animation, Video Production
Date: 2016
Client: Certain Measures
Team: Tobias Nolte, Andrew Witt, Mike Degen
Website : http://certainmeasures.com/mts_software.html
Exhibition Venues : ARS Electronica: Human Factor - Endless Prototyping