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Research is taking on another dimension in the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES)
The laboratory contains a four-walled 3D computer assisted virtual environment - or CAVE TM — that allows scientists and engineers to literally walk into their data and examine it. It also houses an IQ-Station, a portable 3-D system designed by staff at Idaho National Laboratory’s Center for Advanced Modeling and Simulation (CAMS). With these systems, researchers can view their data in ways not possible on a traditional 2D computer screen.
The four-panel CAVE uses rear projection to display computer graphics on three walls and the floor. By wearing stereo glasses to create depth perception and holding a “wand” to manipulate and control data, users can tour a building still under design, plot a new transmission route over terrain, open a valve or delve into the core of a nuclear reactor.
CAES operates the CAVE as a user facility so that universities, government agencies and industry can use it to solve various technical problems.
More information can be found at CAESEnergy.org.
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