People working in business and research are often overwhelmed by an excessive variety of file formats and software products. This presents a challenge when it comes to getting a standardized view of data. Data driven design tackles this very problem and was also the topic for this year's Fireside Gathering at Fraunhofer Austria.
Some 50 guests from the worlds of politics and business learned about current research projects in visualization and had the opportunity to discuss the subject with experts at this event.
One of these experts, Patrick Winkler, gave a lecture which examined the specific question of how contemporary visualization technologies can provide support to the different stages in product development. In another lecture, Fraunhofer Austria visualization expert Christoph Schinko took a look at current solutions for CAD and design engineering. These solutions aim to use such data to make solid decisions.
To illustrate the topic, Fraunhofer Austria provided a demonstration of its »instant3Dhub«, which links generic information such as texts, images or videos with 3D contents in an interactive 3D web application. This project allows the Fraunhofer researchers not only to tackle the problems of data driven design – instant3Dhub is also able to protect intellectual property. It allows companies to restrict access to information without providing access to their CAD data, so suppliers only view information that they currently need.