Yesterday I blogged about an Autodesk Gallery that we debuted at Autodesk University 2018:
This particular exhibit has significance to me for three reasons:
- I recall Norconsult's exhibit from last year about the Vamma Hydropower Plant that remains Norway's largest river-hydropower plant — even 100 years after its construction — producing 14% of Oslo's electricity. That dam exhibit is currently in the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco: Breaking new ground Exhibit.
- Norconsult is an Autodesk Forge partner.
- As part of attending AU 2018, I worked booth duty for the Ulriken Tunnel exhibit.
AU attendees were thrilled with the level of detail provided by the Virtual Reality (VR) experience. They easily understood how the experience would allow train conductors to see what it would be like to drive their trains with two tunnels available instead of one and how government officials, with little knowledge of how the signaling system works, could easily verify how the system would coordinate trains in and out of the two tunnels. This exhibit defined a use case where participants really could "experience something before it's real" — the Autodesk marketing tagline from many years back.
A frequently asked question by exhibit visitors was "How did Norconsult make this?" The infrastructure was a combination of Revit models and AutoCAD Civil 3D files. That formed the basis. Materials and textures were added using 3ds Max. Norconsult then used the Unreal Game Engine to add elements like people and render the animations visitors saw when wearing the Oculus headsets. Unreal works much like Unity 3D that Autodesk announced a partnership with at AU 2018. Creating the experience was done over a period of a few months.
VR is alive in the lab.