This website describes BlockGen, a plugin developed for AutoCAD 2012 to produce solid 3D blocks from data collected in archaeological contexts. AutoCAD cannot (at least until 2016) produce a 3D solid object given XYZ coordinates for each corner of the block; this plugin provides that functionality. To download the plugin, please go to the project's GitHub page.

The plugin was written for use in the analysis of the AP Palace at Tell Mozan, ancient Urkesh. The resulting publication, Three-dimensional Volumetric Analysis in an Archaeological Context, was published in 2016 by Undena Press within the Bibliotheca Mesopotamica series as an Open Access Monograph.

3D model of the AP Palace at Tell Mozan, ancient Urkesh. Model produced in
AutoCAD 2012 using BlockGen 2.0. Image © 2016 Federico Buccellati

The plugin design and requirements were written by Federico Buccellati, code was written by Steve Kimling of CADfx. Funding for the project was provided by IIMAS and the DFG through Research Training Group 1576. The project is Open Source, published on the GitHub platform with versions saved on Zenodo. To cite project, please use DOI of the latest version (now 2.0) on Zenodo: DOI.

If you use the project for a publication, please leave a reference to that publication here.