The world of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) is about to meet cutting-edge video game graphics in a way that could revolutionize multiple industries. Autodesk, a leading provider of AEC software products, has entered a strategic partnership with Epic Games, the American video game and software developer behind Unreal Engine.
Autodesk’s software can already model 3-D designs, but the new partnership will use game-like graphics to enhance its tools to include more immersive experiences. It hopes to deliver user-friendly design tools to incorporate features typically reserved for game development, such as Unreal Engine, ray tracing, and a huge library of 3-D assets to populate environments.
Customers subscribed to Autodesk Revit, a building modeling solution for architects, will gain free access to Twinmotion, an Unreal Engine-powered real-time visualization tool currently used by some urban planning and construction organizations. Projects using Autodesk products enhanced by Twinmotion can create more interactive experiences, such as realistic still imagery, environmental animations, and even VR integration that could be used for digital tours.