Convergence. AEC design thinker Randy Deutsch defines it as “two or more things coming together, joining together, or evolving into one.” In his book, Deutsch uses this idea to explore the forces and technological combinations propelling the AEC industry forward.

The idea, of course, is just as helpful for understanding the development of the 3D tech industry, and it certainly explains a new software solution called Design Space. Put simply: Design Space is a cloud-based service that allows users to automatically convert and load different kinds of 3D data—CAD, BIM, point clouds, photogrammetric models—into a Unity-based virtual reality environment.

Once these various kinds of 3D data are loaded, the user can access tools to design buildings, machines, factories, mining structures, and a whole range of projects. That’s not all, either, as the cloud service enables people from different locations to enter the same virtual environment easily, meaning that a number of stakeholders with different areas of expertise can participate in the design process.

When it’s all done, the user can easily export the design from Design Space to a program like Navisworks or their original design software. 3D Talo is, itself, an example of convergence.

The company combines an engineering company, design company, software company, and a game company under one roof. (“Talo” is Finnish for “house.”) Sandor Nagy, one of the founders of the engineering company now under 3D Talo, was responsible for bringing point clouds into Design Space alongside the more expected 3D data types for CAD and BIM. Read more from…

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