Part of being an Airport Manager is having a good background in many different subjects and skills in many different areas. Consultants exist for the purpose of designing and assisting with construction of projects, but before that the Airport Manager sits down and draws the things they believe the airport needs to remain competitive, successful, and more efficient. One of the things I liked most about my job is being able to draw something on paper, follow a project through the process, and eventually see it being built. The same goes for programming computer code. A blank page becomes text, text becomes code, and code can do anything.
I do most of my CAD in TurboCAD and computer code in PHP; however, recently I found a new tool to build with. That tool is Minecraft. Minecraft is a computer game developed in JAVA that has a retro feeling of the 80’s, the world is composed of blocks, and you can do and build anything in it. This makes it an attractive application because you can plan a project on paper, mine the materials required to build it and you can work with other people in real time to coordinate your projects construction.
Recently the server I play on did a complete server restart with a new map which opened up limitless possibilities. I have always been interested in castles and one of the most symbolic castles is Castle Bodiam in East Sussex England. You can learn more about the castle at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodiam_Castle
. The world of Minecraft is composed of 1 meter x 1 meter square blocks and with that in mind I found a floor layout of the castle and within PhotoShop laid out what it would look line as a blueprint for Minecraft.
I didn’t realize it was going to be so big; 160 meters across is massive even for a castle so I figured I would build it at half scale. Turns out, the castle isn’t nearly that big as the people from The National Trust were able to supply information about the castle I could use to help me build it. Because the castle would be quite small in a Minecraft implementation I built it at twice the real size, and half the size of the original drawing.
Here is a view looking at the castle from the south looking north at the main gate. I couldn’t tell you how many blocks this took to assemble to this point, but a clue is that half a mountain is missing due to strip mining.
The castle floats in mid air as we look at it from the underside looking north.
Looking up the main stairs towards the main gate. Only thing missing here is He-Man.
To see the scale of the castle this image is of east side looking west. It is important to note that this is only the first floor of the castle. Much of the castle has yet to be built.
From far away you can’t miss the scale of the castle. It sits floating in mid air. Since this is an old screenshot and the castle looks very different now I’ll see about getting a comparison shot in the future.