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Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

University of Wales Gets 3D Visualization Centre

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Mechdyne Corp. (Marshalltown, Iowa), has installed a custom 15-foot (4.6-meter) dome and a 15-ft-wide Fakespace PowerWall™ immersive state-of-the-art display system in the See3D Computer Visualization Centre at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth (UWA). The facility, which officially opened in October, makes a world-class virtual reality environment available to academic and commercial researchers throughout the region.

The new See3D Centre (http://www.see3d.co.uk/) already has performed breakthrough work in immersive display, including viewing stereo imagery of the sun using data from the NASA STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) mission. Other work at See3D includes development of visualization techniques for evaluating wind farm locations, as well as urban planning and historical preservation simulations.

"Immersive display technology is a powerful tool for our academic and commercial partners," said David Neill, program director of the See3D facility. "Working with Mechdyne, we were able to have the PowerWall in place at a temporary location earlier this year, and then move the display and upgrade its capabilities as part of the permanent installation."

Mechdyne designed the 4.6-m radius dome to seat up to 10 people. The two monoscopic projectors in the dome, each with 1400 x 1050 resolution, are blended to fill the screen with a total continuous resolution of more than 2.5 million pixels. The stereoscopic Powerwall uses two projectors, also with resolutions of 1400 x 1050. Projectors in the Dome and the PowerWall are seamlessly blended using Mechdyne's proprietary optical blending system that eliminates the need to electronically set up and constantly adjust blended projectors.

Computing resources include an SGI Prism Graphics Engine (configured with 28 processors, 56 GB of RAM, 12 graphics outputs and four image compositors), a 24-processor SUN V40z high-performance computing cluster, and a three TeraByte RAID storage system.

For more information, contact Mechdyne at www.mechdyne.com.



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