2020 Table of Contents

New VR mode and other improvements in Trimble Connect Visualizer

Last updated March 10, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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2020

New VR mode and other improvements in Trimble Connect Visualizer

New VR mode and other improvements in Trimble Connect Visualizer

You can now view your rendered models in virtual reality mode using Trimble Connect Visualizertool that creates photorealistic renderings of the model or selected model objects and can be used for taking screenshots and creating animations that demonstrate the design and build options of the model

Trimble Connect Visualizer shows the model’s material types and sets it in a scene.

. New materials have also been added for material mapping between Tekla Structures and Trimble Connect Visualizertool that creates photorealistic renderings of the model or selected model objects and can be used for taking screenshots and creating animations that demonstrate the design and build options of the model

Trimble Connect Visualizer shows the model’s material types and sets it in a scene.

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View the rendered model in virtual reality mode

The new VR mode in Trimble Connect Visualizer allows you to quickly switch to viewing the rendered model in virtual reality mode. When you are working in the VR mode, you can move either with the keyboard or with an Xbox One controller that is connected to your computer. Moving in the VR mode imitates the speed of walking or running.

The VR mode uses the OpenVR API. That is why to use the VR mode:
  • A VR device that is compatible with OpenVR must be attached to your computer and configured according to the instructions of the hardware vendor. Among others, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows MR, and VarjoVR devices are compatible with OpenVR.

    Check the technical specifications of the device to see if the device has enough capacity for working in the VR mode in Trimble Connect Visualizer.

  • Steam and SteamVR need to be downloaded and installed onto your computer, and SteamVR needs to be configured.

To start working in the VR mode, click in the Trimble Connect Visualizer side pane.

If you use the keyboard to move in the VR mode, the keyboard controls are the same as in the regular 3D mode of Trimble Connect Visualizer. To move at running speed, hold down Shift.

If you use an Xbox One controller:
  • To move the viewer relative to the view direction, use the left stick.

  • To rotate around the global vertical axis, use the right stick.

  • To move up and down, use the left and right triggers.

  • To move at running speed, hold down the left stick.

New mappable material: water

The Visualizer settings dialog box now has the option to map Tekla Structures materials to water.

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