GTC Showcases New Era of Design and Collaboration

From new NVIDIA RTX GPUs to NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise, learn about the latest innovations enhancing AEC workflows.
by Andrew Rink

Breakthroughs in 3D model visualization, such as real-time raytraced rendering and immersive virtual reality, are making architecture and design workflows faster, better and safer.  

At GTC this week, NVIDIA announced the newest advances for the AEC industry with the latest NVIDIA Ampere architecture-based enterprise desktop RTX GPUs, along with an expanded range of mobile laptop GPUs.  

AEC professionals will also want to learn more about NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise, an open platform for 3D collaboration and physically accurate simulation. 

New RTX GPUs Bring More Power, Performance for AEC 

The NVIDIA RTX A5000 and A4000 GPUs are designed to enhance workflows for architectural design visualization. 

Based on NVIDIA Ampere architecture, the RTX A5000 and A4000 integrate secondgeneration RT Cores to further boost ray tracing , and thirdgeneration Tensor Cores to accelerate AI-powered workflows such as rendering denoising, deep learning super sampling and generative design.  

Several architecture firms, including HNTB, have experienced how the RTX A5000 enhances design workflows.  

“The performance we get from the NVIDIA RTX A5000, even when enabling NVIDIA RTX Global Illumination, is amazing,” said Austin Reed, director of creative media studio​ at HNTB. Having NVIDIA RTX professional GPUs at our designers’ desks at HNTB will enable us to fully leverage RTX technology in our everyday workflows.  

NVIDIA’s new range of mobile laptop GPU models — including the NVIDIA RTX A5000, A4000, A3000 and A2000, and the NVIDIA T1200, T600 and T500  allows AEC professionals to select the perfect GPU for their workloads and budgets.  

With this array of choices, millions of AEC professionals can do their best work from anywhere, even compute-intensive work such as immersive VR for construction rehearsals or point cloud visualization of massive 3D models 

NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise: A Shared Space for 3D Collaboration  

Architecture firms can now accelerate graphics and simulation workflows with NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise, the world’s first technology platform that enables global 3D design teams to simultaneously collaborate in a shared virtual space. 

The platform enables organizations to unite their assets and design software tools, so AEC professionals can collaborate on a single project file in real time. 

Powered by NVIDIA RTX technology, Omniverse delivers high-performance and physically accurate simulation for complex 3D scenes like cityscapes, along with real-time ray and pathtraced rendering. Architects and designers can instantly share physically accurate models across teams and devices, accelerating design workflows and reducing the number of review cycles.  

Artists Create Futuristic Renderings with NVIDIA RTX  

Overlapping with GTC, the “Building Utopia” design challenge allowed archviz specialists around the world to discover how NVIDIA RTX real-time rendering is transforming architectural design visualization. 

Our thanks to all the participants who showcased their creativity and submitted short animations they generated using Chaos Vantage running on NVIDIA RTX GPUs. NVIDIA, Lenovo, Chaos Group, KitBash3D and CG Architect are thrilled to announce the winners. 

Congratulations to the winner, Yi Xiang, who receives a Lenovo ThinkPad P15 with an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPUIn second place, Cheng Lei will get an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000, and in third place, Dariele Polinar will receive an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000. 

Image courtesy of Yi Xiang.

Discover More AEC Content at GTC 

Learn more about the newest innovations and all the AEC-focused content at GTC by registering for free 

Check out the latest GTC demos that showcase amazing technologyJoin sessions on NVIDIA Omniverse presented by leading architecture firms like CannonDesignKPF and Woods BagotLearn how companies like The Grid Factory and The Gettys Group are using RTX-powered immersive experiences to accelerate design workflows.  

And be sure to watch a replay of the GTC keynote address by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang.


Featured image courtesy of KPF – Beijing Century City – 北京世纪城市.