In the construction sector, it’s not just users of Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Building Information Modelling (BIM) software that requires access to GPU-accelerated workstations. As rich 3D models start to be re-used and data flows from design all the way through to construction, it’s also extended architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) teams that need GPU-accelerated machines. This could be for design/review, 4D construction planning or design visualization – or simply just to aid communication.
The challenge for AEC firms is how to provide teams with appropriate hardware. Viewing a complex 3D BIM model on a PC, laptop or a standard Virtual Machine (VM) without GPU acceleration can result in a very poor experience. Basic view operations such as pan, zoom and rotate may become choppy and it can be very hard to position the model on screen. In some cases, the 3D application simply becomes unusable.
Thanks to AMD (see source)