Visual feast at Curtin’s HIVE: Our third meeting

About 35 people attended a very interesting evening hosted by Curtin University at the Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch (HIVE).

The formal part of the evening was introduced by HIVE’s director Dr Andrew Woods. He described the four visualisation tools which the audience was later able to circulate around and experience for themselves. Three short presentations were made illustrating how these facilities could be used.

Viewing geoscience data sets at various scales

Viewing geoscience data sets at various scales

Professor Andrew Squelch of IVEC used the two rear projection, diagonal display surfaces (The Wedge display), to illustrate geoscience data sets at opposite ends of the scale. The fine scale of a CT scan of drill hole samples next to a large scale illustration of seismic data from rock formations at depth showed the range of capability of this display.

 

Viewing images from the Sydney Kormoran project in 3D

Viewing images from the Sydney Kormoran project in 3D

Many people were captured by the description by Joshua Hollick of Curtin University of the 3D reconstruction – The Sydney Kormoran Project. The challenge of photographing and then illustrating the Australian Sydney and the German Kormoran lying in water over 2500m deep is indeed huge. Two remotely operated vehicles with a suite of high definition cameras and high luminosity lights will endeavor to get 3D images over both these vessels. The project will then enable these images to be assembled, examined and displayed. A 3D presentation on The Cylinder display enabled us to see some of the earlier images from both the Sydney and the Kormoran (although some of us felt a little seasick using the 3D glasses)

The Tiled display is an ultra high resolution 10 square meter facility which David Cavanagh of Integrated Energy used to illustrate the design of a newly proposed integrated operating centre. The capability to look in detail at how the users might interface with the concept in early stages of its design was exciting.

Inside the head of the Gogo fish

Inside the head of the Gogo fish

The Dome display was also up and operating with a moving image of the inside of the head of the fossilized Gogo fish (from about 380million years ago). Participants could stand “inside” the head of this ancient being and have a look around.

 

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