At AU, we billed Project Newport as a game engine for architects. Our Discovery Space was constantly buzzing with visitors who wanted to navigate Revit models using game controllers, Wiimotes, or the KOMME®Z table. Even though it is not available yet, interest in Project Newport is so strong that we already have an Autodesk Labs page for it:
We recently got some feedback from Swift Horsman. Swift Horsman is a construction fit-out specialist contractor dealing mainly with building interiors, especially reception areas, toilets / washrooms and drying / interior doors. They told us a little about themselves:
- We are committed to 3D solid modeling and are in the process of migrating from AutoCAD to Inventor.
- We design, manufacture, and install our own products using our own labor, utilizing components sourced from a supply chain from whom we hope to obtain solid component models.
- We have a reasonable understanding of BIM and IFCs but need to be able to “drop” our own designs into models created by others, where we have no control of the technology they use. We also need the ability to pass the model on to suppliers to enable them to complete their part of the model. All of this has to take place without compromising the Intellectual Property Rights of every participant in the Design Chain.
- Our vision is the client should sign off the model, rather than 2D drawings, and should make this decision based on a fully immersive visualization of our solution gained from the model.
- We have already started to review improved visualization tools and have had a brief look at technologies such as CAVEs and 3D immersive screens.
- One of our problems is that we use a significant amount of natural materials that need to appear as realistic as possible in the visualization we produce.
Does this sound like your firm? If so, Project Newport may be just right for you. Like many others, you can sign up to be notified when Project Newport is available on Autodesk Labs.
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