I first saw the new stereoscopic panorama feature at Autodesk University in 2014, where I received a pair of the Do It Yourself Virtual Reality (VR) cardboard goggles. Not long after, it was great to see that Autodesk A360 Cloud Rendering released the stereo panorama feature in 2015 for all their customers to utilise.
In a recent building design project, I used some standard panorama renderings to show off our firm’s designs, which impressed the client immensely. I often show the panorama to my training students and during information sessions to demonstrate what can be achieved with the cloud renderer.
So naturally, I was keen to try out the new stereo panorama—an even better version of the standard panorama rendering capability. The rendering results have been very impressive and being able to immerse myself into a 3D version of my own designs has been great fun—and very useful. Now, when I show my clients their interior space in a stereo panorama, they are impressed with how real and interactive the experience is. While Revit can deliver stunning real 3D models, the stereo panorama feature communicates the design intent of our projects at a whole new level for to non-CAD users. My clients were very impressed with being able to navigate around the rendering using the 3D viewers, and were eager to start building the project.
I have also utilised the feature on my own kitchen renovation project, which pleased my significant other to no end!
One of the only downsides to most cardboard viewers is that they do not work as well for people who wear glasses. Thankfully the magnification on the lenses assisted greatly and I was able to view my stereo panoramas successfully without my glasses.
Looking Ahead at 3D Rendering Features
While controlling the stereo panorama view takes some practice to navigate smoothly, overall the technology is easy to use and the produces impressive, quality renderings. The possibilities with virtual reality are going to explode over the next few years. We are just starting to realise the potential of this technology. Being able to render your own design and view it in 3D on your phone with just a few clicks is a real game changer.
The option of immersing yourself into a model is something that all engineers and architects can get excited about. The potential for more features—like virtual walk-throughs and further virtual 3D immersion is very exciting, and I look forward to further development in the VR space.
For more information you can contact Bill at Redstack on 1300 667 263.
About Bill Adams: Before joining the engineering and design firm Redstack as an Building Design Applications Engineer, Bill Adams was the principal of the mutli-award winning Building Design and Consultancy firm WJ Adams for over 35 years. The firm covered all aspects of conventional and alternative building construction, energy analysis, and house energy ratings (HERS) assessments. In later years, Adams expanded his skillsets to become a nationally accredited workplace trainer and assessor, providing HERS software training for the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) and AEC Training, Support and Implementation services for Redstack.
First posted by Autodesk. See Rendering Pro - My Stereo Panorama Experience by Bill Adams