Autodesk this week has introduced the Stingray Engine to propel design visualization for AEC industries into new interactive directions. Autodesk made the announcement at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in Europe.
Stingray for Interactivity
Stingray Engine is built on the powerful, data-driven architecture of the Bitsquid engine, which Autodesk acquired last summer. With Stingray Autodesk brings a powerful interactivity engine to its visualization arsenal for AEC tools, principally leveraging a Revit and 3ds Max workflow model wherein models are taken from the latter program into Stingray for scripted interactivity within the context of superb photo-realistic rendering.
Stingray is a powerful, real-time (GPU based) rendering engine that will power Autodesk’s vision for a connected visualization within a BIM process. By allowing for real-time rendered environments with interactivity, stakeholders in AEC projects can understand fully the scale, feel, and experience of building environments before construction starts. Real time control allows design changes to be explored in a compelling, visual way.
“We are opening a new door in the way buildings will be designed now and in the future that allows a live, interactive connection to designs,” said Amar Hanspal, Senior VP, IPG Product Group, Autodesk. “Imagine being able to virtually meet stakeholders for a tour of your building design model in a virtual space while collaboring to inform the design process. We are excited about this technology as it will help enable better decisions to be made prior to construction, where it gets really expensive to make changes.”
Angi Izzi, Senior Strategy Manager for Architecture, Autodesk, told Architosh that Stingray also supports emerging VR hardware kits for complete, immersive virtual reality experiences.
Stingray is expected to be available for download starting 19 August 2015. It will be available via Autodesk monthly, quarterly or annual subscription and is a standalone Windows-based application. To learn more about Autodesk Stingray go here: http://autodesklivedesign.com