NVIDIA: Architecture Firm Brings New Structure to Design Workflows with Real-Time Rendering and Virtual Collaboration


When working on future skyscrapers, bridges or other projects, Kohn Pedersen Fox looks beyond traditional processes.

The global architecture firm aims to find the most creative and optimal design using cutting-edge technologies such as generative design, deep learning and immersive visualization. And during design reviews, KPF relies on collaborative sessions so that their teams, clients and stakeholders can interact with proposals and provide feedback in real time.

With over 700 employees in cities like New York, London, Singapore and San Francisco working on different aspects of a project, KPF also needed a way to centralize all design models in the cloud so that users can better coordinate and visualize data more efficiently. .

NVIDIA Omniverse, an open platform for collaboration and 3D simulation, helps KPF improve these design workflows. By implementing Omniverse and accelerating it with NVIDIA RTX technology, KPF seeks to unify their teams in a shared virtual environment, allowing them to render high quality designs and simultaneously collaborate on the same projects.

Virtually bring designers together in one place

KPF designers work on models in various software applications such as Rhinoceros 3D with Grasshopper, and Autodesk 3ds Max and Revit. The team typically run visualizations on these apps using local hardware, but this makes it difficult to review the entire project as they can only show what’s on one app at a time rather than just what is on one app at a time. ‘a collective immersive scene.

For KPF, preparing and optimizing a model for advanced real-time performance can be a tedious and time-consuming process, which can take days. Additionally, his teams need to export individual files from other applications to 3ds Max for creating scenes when rendering large datasets. Now, with Omniverse, KPF design teams can better meet these challenges.

KPF has deployed Omniverse Nucleus from its UK data center. The Nucleus Enterprise Server synchronizes all data from different design applications and converts the files to the Universal Scene Description format. It acts as a universal asset exchange, allowing teams to send only deltas of project file changes.

Published model datasets, now in USD, are composed in Omniverse Create and visualized in real time using the Omniverse RTX renderer, allowing designers to modify models as they work. Using workstations and laptops equipped with NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 GPUs and NVIDIA RTX A3000 GPUs, and advanced workstations powered by NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 and NVIDIA RTX A6000, KPF can render images from high quality with Omniverse RTX Renderer.

Diagram of the deployment of Omniverse by KPF, with multiple users working on RTX compatible laptops and workstations, and Omniverse Nucleus deployed from their central data center.

NVIDIA Omniverse delivers high-fidelity, real-time ray-traced and traced images. This allows KPF designers and their customers to visualize the most photorealistic and physically accurate models possible.

“Omniverse serves as a ‘single source of truth’ since the latest content can be viewed from a single application, rather than viewing separate data from different teams,” said Cobus Bothma, director of applied research at KPF. “Having the content in one place saves time on the whole project by not having to export large files from each individual application – we just use Omniverse to push sets of geometries in time.” real without overriding the file size. ”

Cloud streaming

Omniverse also helps KPF explore virtual and augmented reality design reviews.

With Omniverse and cloud-based streaming, KPF can experience delivering higher fidelity images to any device, whether it’s a scaled-down version or a 1: 1 digital model of the property. And by streaming from the cloud, KPF can make changes in real time by altering variables such as sunlight or noise.

“We believe AR has an important role to play in the design experience and decision making in the future,” Bothma said. “With Omniverse, we are able to stream Omniverse Create to remote devices, allowing non-RTX devices to have functionality similar to our high-end RTX-enabled workstations.”

KPF will continue to move all calculations, geometries and visualizations to the cloud, so their employees can perform complex calculation functions on devices such as laptops and tablets. The move to the cloud will make the sharing of compute resources more efficient and scalable, and give KPF greater flexibility in upgrading and maintaining infrastructure.

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