3D Graphics

Total: ~30 min

Dashboards and user interfaces can be enhanced through the use of live, full feature 3D graphical representations. These 3D models can be developed natively, or imported from standard CAD models and BIM models. Integration of 3D environments into a SCADA application can prove especially useful in intricate or hard-to-access applications.

Adding 3D Graphics to a Display

Adding a 3D graphics container into a dashboard is a straightforward process, and it is easy to get started with designing in that environment directly in the graphics editor. 3D graphics can be used for complex process overviews as well as creating digital twins of monitored equipment.

Designing Within a 3D Viewer

Standard design and navigation techniques to learn for designing in the 3D viewer. These techniques differ from the 2D environment due to the added capabilities of a 3D mode.

Animating 3D Objects

Just as in 2D dashboards, 3D environments support an array of animating dynamics to allow the 3D model to accurately represent real systems.

Creating Compelling 3D Environments

A few easy to employ tricks can improve the realism and aesthetic of 3D environments.

Importing CAD Models

Importing a CAD model is a great way to take a shortcut in the design of a 3D environment. Many applications already have mechanical drawing CAD models available to deploy for this.

Importing BIM Models

BIM models are a standard used in the building construction space which provide for both 3D model information as well as equipment metadata.

Creating Predefined Views

Navigating in a virtual 3D environment doesn't come naturally to all, so learn how to create and use predefined views to ease user navigation.

Optimizing Models for Runtime Performance

A collection of tips and tricks for how to keep a 3D model running smoothly and efficiently across a variety of client hardware resources.

Collision Detection

Dynamic collision detection can automat alert generation for potential issues collisions of 3D modelled equipment.