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Web3D Korea Chapter Meeting

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The Korea Chapter meeting to cover new work done by Chapter members in support of Web3D and ISO/SC24.
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Web3D Korea Chapter logo
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Monday, January 28, 2013 - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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Seoul Palace Hotel

Web3D Presentations at OGC Technical Meeting

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Two presentations made at OGC's 3DIM and Technical Plenary sessions by Leonard Daly for the Web3D Consortium.
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The Open GeoSpatial Consortium held a technical committee meeting in Redlands, Jan 14-17, 2013. The Web3D Consortium made two presentations during the sessions - one each at the 3D Information Management (3DIM) SWG, and the Technical Plenary. The 3DIM presentation was focused on binary compression work. The Plenary presentation covered work done by the Consortium in 2012 and plans for 2013.

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Jan 2013

3DPIE Unites Services for Geospatial Visualization

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The 3D Portrayal Interoperability Experiment (3DPIE) united OGC and Web3D to successfully test and demonstrate different mechanisms for handling 3D geodata using open standards-based formats and services.
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The Web3D Consortium is proud to have contributed to an important effort by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).  The 3D Portrayal Interoperability Experiment (3DPIE) unites and successfully tests and demonstrates different mechanisms for the 3D portrayal, delivery, and exploitation of geodata based on open standards-based formats and services. The 3DPIE experiment successfully tested the interoperability of several X3D clients, notably the BS Contact browser by Bitmanagement, the InstantReality browser by Fraunhofer IGD, and the X3DOM HTML5 platform by Fraunhofer IGD.  Main focus of the 3DPIE was to identify candidate standards for OGC’s Web 3D Service and Web View Service.



The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has released a major new report detailing collaborative work by their members, together with contributions by Web3D Consortium (Web3DC) members, on a 3D Portrayal Interoperability Experiment (3DPIE) to assess geospatial 3D graphics interoperability on the Web. This work also helped to validate and benchmark the new OGC Web3D Service (Web3DS) specification. The Web3DS provides a standard web interface to request and deliver portrayals (renderings) of geo-referenced 3D models including buildings, trees, utilities, and other objects of urban environments. Through the Web3D Service, client applications from industrial strength engines to native HTML5 browsers can request, view and interact with 3D portrayals of 3D geospatial information.

The Web3D Service can deliver geospatial information as interactive 3D scenes in several formats, which are then rendered by the client software. Stand-alone and plug-in clients can be used to consume services like the Extensible 3D (X3D) International Standard , or KML with Collada models. X3D is the open standard for real-time 3D communication that is developed and administered by the Web3DC .  In addition, the X3DOM platform provides a native HTML5 browser platform to render the X3D scene graph using WebGL and integrate 2D and 3D events via the commonly used Document Object Model (DOM). X3DOM is an experimental open source framework and runtime to support the ongoing discussion in the Web3D and W3C communities how a complete integration of HTML5 and declarative 3D content can work. It aligns the current HTML5 specification to support declarative 3D content, and allows authors to directly embed native X3D elements as part of any HTML5 page. Finally, the OGC’s Web3D View Service (Web3D-VS) can further deliver 3D city data bases as images, rendered on the server, from any specific viewpoint. The 3DPIE experiments demonstrated that these integrated standard services provide robust, cross-platform capabilities for semantically structured  city models.

Through this multi-platform support, the Web3D and other OGC Web Services enable a wide range of geo-enabled applications from tactical simulation and autonomous vehicle supervision and analysis to edutainment and digital governance and planning. For example, the 3D Blacksburg project is a ‘town and gown’ collaboration underway in Virginia using these services to compose and deliver public and private mash-ups to support these applications across immersive and mobile clients. In a Master’s Thesis related to the project, Virginia Tech researchers developed and evaluated new X3D techniques for the management of Level-Of-Detail in the real-time portrayal of CityGML models. The 3DPIE experiment successfully tested the interoperability of several X3D clients, notably the BS Contact browser by Bitmanagement, the InstantReality browser by Fraunhofer IGD, and the X3DOM HTML-5 platform by Fraunhofer IGD. Reference links follow.

Over ten members including Web3D Consortium members: Virginia Tech, Naval Postgraduate School, Fraunhofer and Bitmanagement participated in this effort.  Participation of the Web3DC members was possible because of the MOU and a liaison agreement between Web3DC and OGC to collaborate as partners to advance standards-based, web-enabled geospatial content sharing.

The full public report from OGC
The OGC Press Release on the 3DPIE Report.

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Sep 2012

Implementing Standards has Economic Benefits

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ISO has completed a second study in two years showing that implementing standards provides benefits to companies by increased efficiency, reduced risk, increased international expansion, and new product & market development.
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The International Standards Organization (ISO) has released its second case study in two years detailing the benefits to companies by implementing standards. The benefits accrue independent of size, bsuiness sector, or country. The reports quantifies benefits in:

  • Streamlining internal company processes
  • Decreasing waste and internal costs
  • Increasing the efficiency of R&D
  • Innovating business processes
  • Reducing risk
  • Enabling international expansion
  • Supporting development of new products and markets

The studies are compiled in the second volume of Economic benefits of standards - International case studies, recently published by ISO.

The case studies (Volume 1 and 2) along with a number of reports from ISO are available on ISO's web site.

X3D is the only international standard for the delivery and integration of interactive 3D data over networks. You can read more about the X3D standard at What is X3D? and Getting Started with X3D.

ISO press release

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Sep 2012

Web3D Consortium Invites All SIGGRAPH Attendees

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The Web3D Consortium invites all SIGGRAPH attendees to attend its events during SIGGRAPH that showcase interactive animated 3D graphics using web technologies.
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The Web3D Consortium has eight events during SIGGRAPH 2012 in Los Angeles that are open to all SIGGRAPH attendees. Except for the Tech Talk, all events will be held in room 513 near the West Hall of the LA Convention Center. The Tech Talk will be held on the Exhibit Floor. Full details of the events can be found at http://www.web3d.org/realtime-3d/events/web3d-siggraph-2012.

  • TUE. 7th (Room 513)
    • 11:00 - 12:30PM: From CAD to the Web
    • 12:30 - 2:30PM: CartoBOF
    • 2:30 - 3:30PM: 3D Medical Visualization with X3D
    • 3:30 - 5:00PM: Web3D Town Hall Meeting
  • WED. 8th (Room 513)
    • 10:30 - 11:00AM: X3DOM: A Declarative 3D Solution
    • 11:00 - 12:30PM: Augmented and Mixed Reality
    • 12:45 - 1:45PM: WEB3D Consortium Tech Talk (Exhibit Hall)
    • 2:30 - 5:30PM: WEB3D Standards Meeting - Korea Chapter

Come to one of these events and our Booth 234 on the Exhibit Floor and visit with the some of the people that bring interactive 3D graphics to your browser.

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Jul 2012

X3D Expands to Support Medical and Volume Visualization

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X3D is evolving to include support for medical and volume 3D visualization, user-customizable units, and refinements to the Geospatial component.
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The EXtensible 3D Graphics standard X3D (http://www.web3d.org/realtime-3d/x3d/what-x3d) continues to evolve include more capabilities and improve the clarity and consistency of its specifications. The third upgrade to X3D (V3.3) release expands X3D capability to include volume visualization, user-selectable units and internal technical changes, and it is in final draft ballot at ISO with an expected release by summer 2013. The publicly released V3.3 specification documents are available at http://www.web3d.org/realtime-3d/specification/version/V3.3. This work advances X3D as the leading royalty-free open standard and run-time architecture to represent and communicate 3D scenes and objects using XML.

The X3D V3.3 standard includes significant new functionality for cross-platform, reproducible interactive 3D presentations of anatomic volumetric data (e.g. CT, MRI, PET scan, and ultrasound), annotations, CAD models as well as the integration of semantic knowledge-bases (i.e. medical ontologies such as SNOMED CT). As a Web standard, these rendered displays can be distributed and shared through secure services and applied to other domains such as non-invasive sensing and geophysics. The Web3D Consortium Medical Working Group authored the specification and has successfully demonstrated several applications with international collaborators including informed consent, anatomic education, and surgical training.

"The new support for expressive volume rendering styles and annotations in X3D V3.3 is a milestone for international interoperability within and across the healthcare enterprise. As a web-aware platform for reproducible medical presentations, such an open-standard is an integral tool in the effort to lower costs and improve quality of care." emphasized Michael Aratow, MD, FACEP and Co-Chair of the Medical Working Group. The functionality for the interchange of volumetric, polygonal and textual visualizations is collected into a X3D node set specified as the Medical Interchange Profile, allowing for software development utilizing only a small, focused subset of the entire X3D specification relevant to clinical care.

Another significant change is the addition of user-definable units through the creation of the new UNIT statement.  The user can select the units of choice from Angstroms to light-years, with similar choices for angle, force, and mass. X3D will handle all of the conversions from other units (e.g., speed) and other models dependent on these base units. This powerful new feature allows model builders to construct their model in the unit most appropriate for their work.

In addition, significant work has taken place to improve the overall design consistency of the entire X3D standard. This includes making the Geospatial Component more compatible with the Navigation Component, as well as ensuring that field inheritance is now fully consistent. Most notably, this all been achieved with minimal or no effect on backwards compatibility.
 

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Jul 2012

Revolutionizing 3D: The 17th Annual Web3D Conference celebrates milestone of 3D innovation

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Researchers, developers, and creators meet in Los Angeles to demonstrate interoperable 3D systems.
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The Seventeenth annual International Web3D Conference (http://www.web3d2012.org) will be held on Aug 4 and 5, 2012 at the LA Convention center, Los Angeles, California USA . The Web3D Conference is collocated with Siggraph 2012 and is co-sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH in cooperation with Eurographics, and the Web3D Consortium.

The conference is a major annual event that unites researchers, developers, and content creators in a dynamic learning environment to address a wide range of topics related to 3D multimedia on the Web. With peer-reviewed papers, workshops, tutorials, and panels, the Web3D Conference provides a potent opportunity to discuss advances in Web3D including the latest research activities and industry standards initiatives. More details on the program are available at: http://www.web3d2012.org/program.

At the Conference, industry leaders will demonstrate how to implement interoperable 3D systems like X3D for interactive 3D content. Come see and learn about these innovative X3D systems, especially new features in the ISO X3D Version 3.3.

X3D now offers declarative 3D in HTML5 as well as expressive volume visualization functionality. With multiple encodings and API bindings for a common scene graph model, it is compatible with the broad range of web and industry technologies. The data integration capacities and the rich set of componentized features of X3D are expanding and providing new value in areas such as Geospatial, Augmented Reality, CAD, and Medical applications. Such robust, cross-platform web applications prove once again that X3D is a compelling, interoperable expression for interactive networked virtual environments.

Following the Web3D Conference, at http://www.web3d.org/realtime-3d/events/web3d-siggraph-2012[SIGGRAPH 2012],  these latest X3D systems and innovations will be showcased at the Web3D Consortium booth(234), Birds-Of-a-Feather meetings and an exhibitor Tech Talk.

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Jul 2012

X3D: Revolutionizing 3D in HTML5 at SIGGRAPH

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Visit Web3D events at SIGGRAPH and see how you can interact with 3D content using the Web.
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At this year’s SIGGRAPH 2012 in Los Angeles CA, Aug 6-10 (http://www.siggraph.org/s2012/), the largest annual conference for computer graphics, the Web3D Consortium (http://www.web3d.org/x3d) will showcase the broad impacts of its latest release of royalty-free International Standards for 3D graphics over the web. From Booth 234, the Web3D Consortium will be sponsoring several events including Birds-of-a-Feather and Town Hall meetings and a special ‘Tech Talk’ demo session. Attendees will learn about the new ISO (http://www.iso.org) specifications and functionalities for Extensible 3D (X3D) 3.3 as well as new collaborations for the delivery of interactive 3D over the web.

Platforms for 3D delivery over the web have been evolving for over 15 years. X3D now offers 3D in HTML5 and volume visualization. X3D has been delivering content from high-end immersive platforms to consumer 3D TVs to mobile devices.  With multiple encodings and API bindings for a common scene graph model, it is compatible with the broad range of web and industry technologies. The data integration capacities and the rich set of componentized features of X3D are expanding and providing new value in areas such as Geospatial, Augmented Reality, CAD, and Medical applications. Such robust, cross-platform web applications prove once again that X3D is a compelling, interoperable expression for interactive networked virtual environments.

In Booth 234 you will find Web3D Consortium members Bitmanagement (http://www.bitmanagement.com) and Fraunhofer (http://www.igd.fraunhofer.de) demonstrating their industrial-strength X3D software.

Join the Web3D community at their Tech Talk (Wednesday Aug 8 from 12:45 PM) showcasing their incredible X3D innovations – you won’t believe it’s real time!  Come network with leading Web3D technologists at the Tech Talk and join the revolution!  This is a must-attend event to educate and engage yourself in the latest 3D Web developments.

In addition,  the Consortium is also have a Town Hall Member Meeting for developers and industry leaders interested in using open standards and raise awareness and interest in web-enabled 3D visualization.

They are also presenting several Birds of the Feather sessions at SIGGRAPH include: X3DOM/HTML5, Medical Visualization, Augmented and Mixed Reality, a Consortium Town Hall meeting, and a meeting of the Web3D Consortium Korean Chapter. More information on all the Web3D Consortium events at SIGGRAPH 2012 is available at: http://www.web3d.org/events/details/web3d-at-siggraph-2012.

All this follows the 17th annual  http://www.web3d2012[Web3D 2012 Conference] Aug 4 and 5, co-located with SIGGRAPH and co-sponsored by Web3D Consortium and ACM SIGGRAPH.

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Jul 2012

Calling All X3D/VRML/X3DOM Content and Application Creators!

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Be a Presenter at our SIGGRAPH 2012 Web3D Tech Talk "X3D: Delivering New Dimensions on the Web".
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The Web3D Consortium is sponsoring a Tech Talk at SIGGRAPH 2012 in Los Angeles on Wednesday, 8 August 2012 from 12:45 to 1:45PM.

Submission Deadline is Friday, 20 July 2012 at 5PM PDT (GMT-0700)

Use of X3D systems has increased steadily throughout the world, delivering durable applications in industry, science, medicine, culture, entertainment, education and now Augmented Reality (AR).

IIf you have AMAZING, COMPELLING and INNOVATIVE cross-platform X3D or VRML content, you may be invited to be a speaker to discuss and demonstrate your products at our Web3D Tech Talk. You will have 10 minutes to present your work and the tools used going from your concept to the final product. The content we have received in previous years was simply amazing.  We can’t wait to see yours!

The Web3D Consortium Tech Talk is always a popular event at SIGGRAPH, attended by over 300 conference attendees.  Indeed a great platform to showcase your innovation.  Web3D will also have several Birds of the Feathers and a booth at SIGGRAPH 2012. For more information on events at SIGGRAPH 2012 please visit our Web3D2012Events page. 

The Web3D Consortium celebrates over a decade of innovation and interoperability in Web3D technology. Our standard X3D remains the most robust and versatile open standard for implementation of high-integrity and high-capability 4D multimedia information spaces. With multiple encodings and API bindings, it is compatible with many web and industry technologies. The data integration capacities and the rich set of componentized features is rapidly expanding X3D's value across markets from mobile, AR, CAD and medical.

Participation is open to all consortium members. To join please visit: www.web3d.org/membership/join. Send your proposal to our Executive Director, Anita Havele at anita.havele@web3d.org by July 20, 2012. 

Prospective presenters are invited to submit their proposal for review to the Web3D consortium selection committee. Submission must include a brief abstract of your presentation, 1 page summary of your X3D/VRML content/innovation, a link to your X3D content or screen shots and a preliminary slide set of your presentation not exceeding 10 minutes.


Important Dates:

  • July 20 - Deadline to submit your X3D content and Presentation to Web3D Tech Talk.
  • July 27 - Acceptance announced to submitters.
  • August 6 - Rehearsal at LA Convention center (evening).
  • August 8 - Tech Talk at 12:45 PM.
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Jun 2012

Web3D @ SIGGRAPH 2012

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Web3D Consortium Holding Eight Events During SIGGRAPH
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Web3D Consortium at SIGGRAPH 2012
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Sunday, August 5, 2012 - Thursday, August 9, 2012
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Los Angeles, CA. US.
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