Nextspace, a 3D visualisation industry consultancy founded by 3D graphics software company Right Hemisphere, has set itself an ambitious goal. The organisation, which officially opened its doors in February, aims to create a $1 billion visual communications industry in New Zealand over the next 10 years.
Plans for the future include making complex 3D data accessible and easy to use in a range of business applications, says Nextspace chief executive Gavin Lennox.
The $1 billion industry goal is not a revenue target, says Lennox. The figure takes into consideration productivity savings and increases in revenues that 3D technology can achieve for Nextspace’s partners. It also includes, for example, remuneration of students being trained in 3D visualisation technology and successful research projects, he says.
Lennox says coordinating an industry cluster focused on 3D visual communications is a key part of the $1 billion industry vision. The company recently announced it had entered into partnerships with three local companies.
The three include Urban Voyage, which uses 3D visualisation and online collaboration tools to allow super-yacht owners, designers and builders around the world to collaborate on yacht design and construction; and Predefine, which creates virtual prototypes of building projects to manage coordination between building elements, consultants, scheduling and costs during construction.
The third partner, Revisia, is a heavy industry specialist that produces 3D maintenance visualisations and training simulations to help cut downtime costs and improve on safe working practices.
As part of the deal, cluster partners will have access to Right Hemisphere’s SDK (software development kit) as well to Nextspace’s developers at a reduced cost. The partners can use the software for custom development of new applications.
Nextspace will also provide training, technical support, hosted environments for testing, sales and marketing support, and international sales opportunities for partners, says Lennox.
The company is also currently engaged in talks with the country’s major polytechnics and tertiary institutions. For example, it is looking to connect with University of Canterbury’s NZi3 Innovation Institute, says Lennox. And it is also in discussions with Massey University and Lincoln University, which are already users of Right Hemisphere’s software.
Revisia’s chief executive Mark Foster saw the partnership with Nextspace as an opportunity to be part of a cluster that is “breaking new ground”, and also to gain exposure in overseas markets, through Nextspace’s support and Right Hemisphere’s technology.
Revisia has been working with Nextspace to develop applications ever since the Nextspace arm emerged from Right Hemisphere.
“This stuff is pretty revolutionary,” he says about the software.
The company, which started up in 2007 and has four staff, is currently working with New Zealand Steel to create a virtual model of parts of the Glenbrook steel mill.