The Shell 3-D Visualization research laboratory, located on the second floor of the Energy Innovation Center (EIC), is the only four-walled CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) and 3-D visualization laboratory in Wyoming and complements the primary function of the EIC – to enable scientists and engineers to visualize and interact with highly complex data sets. Designed, engineered and integrated by Mechdyne Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of innovative visual information technologies, the laboratory combines high-resolution stereoscopic projections and 3-D computer graphics to create a virtual environment where researchers can analyze, interpret and share a wide variety of spatially related data. One of the laboratory’s many capabilities is its ability to model oil, gas, and water movements and interactions in the subsurface environment, which will aid researchers and energy companies in deriving maximum value from their mineral resources. The laboratory connects via 10-gigabit lines to one of the most powerful supercomputers in the region — the Wyoming National Center for Atmospheric Research Supercomputing Center (NWSC) located west of Cheyenne and UW’s Advanced Research Computing Center (ARCC) — both of which are essential for the complex simulations required in today’s energy research. The Shell 3-D Visualization research laboratory is an amazing tool for discovery and is open to the UW community as a university-wide teaching and learning resource.
Equipment with three different levels of display power will enable a range of resolutions and functions for visualizing complex data sets. The 3-D visual platforms incorporated in the CAVE include:
- Four-wall CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment)
- 2x3 array video wall capable of displaying 3-D images
- Three screen portable "mini-cave" visualization system
Examples of 3-D visualization research:
- Scenario generation and decision-support
- Oil, gas, and coal-bed methane reservoir research
- Simulation of reactors for improved design and virtual operations experience
- Reproduce light detection and ranging (LIDAR) of a geographic region
- CO2 sequestration modeling
- Aquifer modeling
- Wind flow over turbine blades
To schedule a demonstration of the Shell 3-D Visualization laboratory please click here. SER is open to and actively seeking collaborations with research groups interested in working with the 3-D Visualization laboratory. If interested in collaboration opportunities please see contact information below.