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Web3D Participation in AEC Hackathon

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AEC Hackathon V1.1 (March 14-16) is supported by Web3D to develop disruptive ideas for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry.
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Web3D members will be participating in this event; discussing and collecting use cases and requirements for Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and building information management/modeling (BIM/M). The AEC HAckathon is March 14-16 in Melno Park. A special workshop on AEC and BIM/M is being developed for the Web3D Conference 8-10 August in Vancouver Canada.

From AEC Hackathon:
A first for the Architecture, Engineering, Construction Industry, the AEC Hackathon is a non-profit event that creates on-the-spot teams of technologists and industry stakeholders to shape the future of our built environment. The hackathon provides a playful, exploratory environment where disruption and creative ideas are the essential tools for innovation. The AEC community faces fresh new problems that urgently need brilliant minds to solve them. How are you changing the world?

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Mar 2014

Web3D Emerging Technology Showcase

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Web3D Consortium presents a day showcasing significant projects using Web3D technologies.
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Web3D Emerging Technology 2014 graphic
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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Arlington, VA. US.

Web3D 2014 Conference

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The 19th International Conference on 3D Web Technology is a major event for researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, experimenters, artists and content creators, focused on new 3D Web and Multimedia technologies.
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Web3D 2014 Logo
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Friday, August 8, 2014 - Sunday, August 10, 2014
Location: 
Vancouver, Canada

Bitmanagement introduces 3D content development tool

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Bitmanagement introduces "BS Content Studio". The new tool for the interactive 3D web is ready for download. The authoring tool allows the production of 3D content in browser and apps faster and without special knowledge of real-time 3D. The new graphical interface exports platform and browser independent to Web3D standards X3D, X3D binary, VRML and X3DOM using WebGL without plug-ins.
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The German 3D software developer Bitmanagement Software GmbH who are in the board of directors of the Web3D Consortium in Mountain View, California, USA has released the new authoring tool "BS Content Studio", which enables a wide audience to create interactive and Internet ready 3D content. This tool will sustainable accelerate and simplify the work-flow and time necessary to compose, animate and optimize 3D models and interactive content for the web and standalone applications. Even "non 3D specialists” can be now in the position to generate 3D real-time applications easily.

The "BS Content Studio" Tool addresses a horizontal market and has been developed around the Web3D ISO standard X3D with the goal to enable a broad range of application domains including CAD, GIS, games, process automation, 3D printing, virtual catalogs, 3D marketing banners, configurators, product visualization, automation, augmented reality, stereo TV content, social communication and many more. The tool is a strategic development of Bitmanagement Software combining 3D technology components and extensive know-how built up in more than a decade of business following and driving non-proprietary Internet standards.

The "BS Content Studio" tool based on the fast and stable C++ 3D Engine "BS Contact" is focused on augmenting 3D geometries which have been authored previously with third party CAD-,GIS- and design authoring tools with the possibility to interact, animate and publish stand-alone or on the Web. The optimized output referring to rendering speed, respectively 3D Internet delivery readiness and the integration in web-pages is provided in X3D and X3D binary format following its signaling, events and routing scheme. Doing so one is able to use 3D content across platforms (Windows/Linux/Mac/iOS/Android) and across browsers (IE/Firefox/Chrome/Opera/-Safari) and with the HTML5 formats in X3DOM.

The 3D world actually is facing obvious changes towards 3D apps on various mobile devices. With the new HTML5 format interactive 3D is more and more introduced also in modern websites. Right now the Web3C consortium is on its way to integrate X3D, the 3D format of the Consortium, into the coming new HTML 5 world. Thereto the X3D working groups have made multiple contributions to the W3C HTML 5 working groups for the purpose of integrating X3D with HTML with a new initiative called X3DOM based on Javascript and WebGL that is backwards compatible with X3D. "BS Content Studio" is the first full tool supporting X3DOM. The WebGL standard is developed by the US industry-consortium Khronos. The most considerable advantage offered by X3DOM is that there is no need for using plug-ins for end-users. The advent of WebGL and X3DOM will bring a remarkable change. However the rendering speed engines written in JavaScript such as X3DOM is considerably slower than the speed of C++ engines such as "BS Contact". Therefore for speed depending applications "BS Contact" is the engine of choice. In "BS Content Studio" users can decide between "BS Contact" and X3DOM exports formats for their application.

Peter Schickel, Bitmanagement CEO: "3D is simply more interactive than 2D and interaction drives modern web pages. We believe that with the new "BS Content Studio" tool Bitmanagement takes away much of the "blood sweat and tears" of 3D interactive content creation."

The development of the "BS Content Studio" – software is part of a ZIM-Project and co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology, which has been approved by the “Deutsche Bundestag”.
 

Bitmanagement's press release is available on bitmanagement.com.

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Dec 2013

Web3D at OGC's Technical Plenary in Mumbai

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The Web3D Consortium will attend and present at Open Geospatial's Technical Plenary. The Consortium is working with several working groups (CityGML, 3DIM, and others).
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OGC Logo
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Monday, December 2, 2013 - Friday, December 6, 2013
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Mumbai, India

X3D V4 to use X3DOM and HTML5

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Web3D Consortium elevates extension efforts for X3D in HTML5. It will be based on the X3DOM prototype with backwards compatibility with existing X3D V3.x content.
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The Web3D Consortium members have reached a milestone in efforts to continue extending the Extensible 3D (X3D) International Standard.  Working group efforts to define and develop X3D version 4 have made excellent progress, continuing the evolution of open, royalty free ISO standards for 3D graphics on the Web. This next major version will provide a fully compatible and integrated environment with HTML5 while maintaining backwards compatibility with archival content from VRML and X3D (version 3). The X3D version 4 specifications will be submitted to ISO/IEC for standardization upon completion by Web3D members.

X3D version 4 will be primarily based on X3DOM, the open-source prototyping effort created by Web3D Consortium member Fraunhofer IGD.  It integrates X3D content within the HTML5 browser environment without the need for a plugin.  X3DOM builds on the efforts of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Declarative 3D Community Group, also demonstrating support of the architectural requirements defined there as an exemplar polyfill approach.  Results are simple and elegant:  the X3D scene graph is directly embedded in web pages, which enables web authors to operate on 3D scene elements directly.

Hundreds of examples demonstrate the power of this approach.  Current work is focused on reconciling event models within traditional X3D scenes to fully interoperate with DOM and JavaScript approaches familiar to Web authors. Over half of the standard nodes defined for X3D scene graphs have already been re-implemented in this fashion, with further node additions proceeding from multiple contributors.

“We are working to make 3D graphics easy to create and share with everyone on the Web.” reports Anita Havele, Web3D Consortium Executive Director.  “There has never been a better time to join Web3D to influence the breadth and depth of future 3D capabilities. 

The Web3D Consortium’s X3D Working Group, chaired by Leonard Daly and Don Brutzman, is coordinating creation of this specification. The Working Group brings together Web3D Consortium members and the 3D community to participate in the specification development process. All Web3D standards are royalty free and publicly available. The X3D working group invites broad participation from developers and content authors from across the 3D community in this very important effort.

“X3D version 4 will add interactive declarative 3D objects to HTML5 web pages allowing easy creation and sharing of 3D graphics, thereby bridging the gap between declarative 3D scene graphs and imperative graphics such as WebGL.” said Leonard Daly, co-chair of the X3D Working Group.

The Web3D Consortium is an international nonprofit trade association with members from government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating by consensus to develop the publicly available X3D standard. X3D is the leading royalty-free, open 3D file format standard and run-time architecture to communicate 3D scenes on the Web. X3D supports interoperable 3D visualization across multiple hardware platforms in all market segments.
 

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Dec 2013

Web3D at AEC Hackathon

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Web3D Presents X3D at AEC Hackathon at Facebook
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Don Brutzman from the Web3D Consortium attended the AEC Hackathon from 8-10 November on the campus of Facebook. He gave a quick survey of capabilities and opportunities for this community when content is exported to X3D. His slides are available on the X3D Graphics site.

Quote from keynote: "This is a $10 trillion industry, very slow to change... but when it changes, a LOT happens."

Note: AEC stands for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. It is closely associated with Building Information Model (BIM).
 

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Nov 2013

Virginia Tech Highlights X3D at SuperComputing Conference

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Virginia Tech is highlighting their visual-analytic X3D solutions at SuperComputing 2013 Conference
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Virginia Tech will be exhibiting and presenting at the Supercomputing 2013 Conference in Denver, Colorado during the week of 18 November 2013. There are numerous papers and posters from Virginia Tech researchers, the Green500.org list release, and research highlights in booth #3913. See the latest computational science applications, HPC innovations and visual-analytic solutions from Virginia! X3D content and technology is prominently featured in Virginia Tech slides and videos, but also in the live, in-booth demo.

Visit booth #3913 to experience the latest HPC simulation results, laser scans, CT/MRI scans and more through a multi-screen gestural interface using InstantReality and the Microsoft Kinect! From Paraview to VMD and Chimera to custom-scripts, HPC data is making its way to the web for broader accessibility and impact!

Virginia Tech Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is growing with three new and exciting open positions:
 

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Nov 2013

X3D XML Mime Type Approved

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model/x3d+xml approved as registered MIME type.
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The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has approved Web3D's request to register a new MIME type for X3D media in the XML encoding.

The MIME type is model/x3d+xml. This shall be used when sending XML encoded X3D content using MIME.

The Consortium has applications for two other MIME sub-types in process. These are:

  • model/x3d-vrml
  • model/x3d+fastinfoset
     

The full list of approved model types is online.

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Nov 2013

Web3D Members Showcase X3D Graphics at SIGGRAPH 2013

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Amazing innovative X3D solutions for HTML5 and the 3D Web will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2013 in BoFs, Tech Talk, and the Exhibition.
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SIGGRAPH 2013 in Anaheim, California July 21-25 is the largest annual conference for computer graphics. During this major event, Web3D Consortium members are showing the broad impacts of multiple application using X3D Graphics, the royalty-free International Standards for 3D graphics over the Web. SIGGRAPH booth 233 is our origin point! The Web3D Consortium also sponsors several events including Birds-of-a-Feather meetings and a special ‘Tech Talk’ session, the X3D Showcase.

Web data-integration capabilities and a rich set of componentized features are expanding for X3D. Working groups are providing new value in critical industry application areas such as Augmented/Mixed Reality, CAD, Geospatial and Medical. Robust, cross-platform web applications again prove that X3D is a compelling, interoperable technology ranging from mobile devices to interactive networked virtual environments to large-scale CAVE displays. In Booth 233, key members Bitmanagement and Fraunhofer IGD will demonstrate industrial-strength X3D software and applications. The Web3D Tech Talk and reception on Wednesday July 24 at 3:45 PM is a must-attend event showcasing X3D applications delivering rich 3D Web media that is interactive, narrative and immersive in a virtual space for CAD, Mobile, GIS, Medical and Augmented/Mixed Reality (AR). Attend our Town Hall Meeting and BOF sessions to learn more about the standard and its many applications. There has been no better time to discuss X3D technologies and join this innovative 3D Web community.

Come visit us on the show floor in Booth 233. Join the Web3D community at their Tech Talk and reception showcasing their incredible X3D innovations (Wednesday July 24 at 3:45 PM). You won’t believe it’s all real time! Come network with leading Web3D technologists and join the revolution. This is a must-attend event to educate yourself in emerging developments. More X3D technology can be found at multiple SIGGRAPH Birds of the Feather sessions including: X3D Futures, X3DOM, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Medical Visualization, Augmented/Mixed Reality, and a Web3D Consortium Town Hall meeting. Detailed information on all Web3D events at SIGGRAPH.

X3D is the leading royalty-free standard and run-time architecture to communicate 3D scenes on the Web. Recently released X3D V3.3 specification updates are available at web3d.org. We are open: companies, universities and individuals are welcome to join the Web3D Consortium. We look forward to your participation.
 

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Jul 2013
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