Visualization Technology Brings a New Dimension

Larry Paul
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State-of-the-art visualization systems are opening up a whole new world—and dimension—to researchers everywhere.

Technology and education have always enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship, with each field often making strong contributions to the advancement of the other. Their latest collaboration is in the area of immersive visualization. Cutting-edge visual technologies are showing educators and researchers the world “in a whole new light,” helping them to aggregate and manipulate their data more efficiently and find their results faster than ever before.

A new dimension to learning

The latest, state-of-the-art visualization systems create a feeling of “becoming one with the application," often changing the way people explore and discover possibilities. Research facilities and universities find that they accelerate understanding and lead to faster, more accurate decisions by giving researchers a more intuitive interaction with the data. More importantly, they allow researchers to collaborate and focus their collective strengths, reducing development time and training costs while improving staff knowledge at a faster rate.

Toronto’s George Brown College (GBC) is among the latest learning facilities to install a 3-D visualization solution at their Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lab in the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies (CCET) at the Casa Loma campus. BIM is a global term referring to a technology process where collaboration and knowledge sharing takes place.

Students, industry professionals and business partners alike use the BIM Lab to create digital 3-D models and view them on a custom display, powered by three Christie 120 Hz stereoscopic 3-D DLP projectors. Thought to be a first of its kind at a community college in Canada, the room provides learning opportunities that cover all aspects of virtual design and construction—from project procurement to building processes and facility management. It supports the college’s mission for continued innovation, enhanced practical and theoretical teaching and learning, as well as staying ahead of trends and technology in the industry.

Clint Kissoon, chair of CCET’s School of Architectural Studies and the Angelo Del Zotto Construction Management, believes the new visualization system will help the lab advance skills today and in the future, and fill a skills gap in the construction industry. With the creation of a simulated virtual reality, students and educators can visualize facilities, operational issues, designs and construction.

A Weill Cornell Medical College student getting a close up look. Photo: Christie
 

A Weill Cornell Medical College student getting a close up look. Photo: Christie

 

The Christie Visualization system at George Brown College BIM Lab. Photo: George Brown College

 

Univ. of Western Ontario students using a visualization system during class. Photo: Christie