Tech Soft 3D, the leading provider of engineering software development toolkits (SDKs), has announced this month the new HOOPS Communicator 2019 software development kit with powerful new technology for building advanced web-based engineering applications.
For Powerful 3D Web-based Applications—Communicator 2019
Support for AEC BIM Apps
HOOPS Communicator 2019 also adds support for the BIM Collaboration Format (BCF), adding import functionality which will aid communicating coordination information associated with IFC models in AEC applications.
BCF support is a critical feature for software developers building AEC BIM applications for web-based delivery. These tools provide a robust environment for visualization, query, and navigation of construction models.
“Faster and better – these are the constant demands of both developers and users of engineering applications,” said Erik Hultgren, Product Manager Visualization Solutions, Tech Soft 3D. “We continue to enhance HOOPS Communicator with this in mind, and also focus on providing the highest quality graphics possible with today’s technology. No other toolkit can provide the kind of speed, quality and visual fidelity we know are expected when creating complex 3D engineering applications.”
A new shadow and reflection plane support are also new in HOOPS Communicator 2019, where the viewer can optionally render ground-plane shadows and reflections that automatically update when the geometry changes, improving web graphics visualization.
Further benefits have been made to shattered loading, where loading large 3D models on the web is made faster than ever.
For more information about HOOPS Communicator 2019, visit: https://www.techsoft3d.com/products/hoops/communicator/
Architosh Analysis and Commentary
The BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) first emerged by Solibri and Tekla and became a standard managed by buildingSMART. It has been adopted by many BIM applications as a method of exchanging collaborative information. Part of the standard supports web services via the “bcfAPI” as a standardized RESTful API.