January 04, 2013
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa, Jan. 3 — Mechdyne Corporation will next month begin installation of a four-sided CAVE in the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) at the University of Wyoming campus at Laramie.
The university will have Wyoming’s only CAVE – a room-sized advanced visualization solution that combines high-resolution, stereoscopic projection and 3-D computer graphics to create a complete sense of presence in a virtual environment.
“The Mechdyne CAVE complements the primary function of the EIC – to help faculty, students and industry experts collaborate and create ‘what if’ scenarios,” said Brent Redman, Account Manager for Mechdyne. “The CAVE is an amazing tool for discovery. It allows many users to experience a virtual environment at the same time, helping them analyze and interpret a wide variety of spatially related data.”
The CAVE, which was designed, engineered and integrated by Mechdyne, will be housed in the 3-D Visualization Research Lab at the EIC, which is a newly constructed LEED building connected to one of the largest supercomputers in the world, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Wyoming Supercomputing Center located in Cheyenne.
“One use of the lab will be the ability to model how oil, gas, and water move and interact in the subsurface,” said Diana Hulme, deputy director of research at University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources. “We hope this will lead to new technologies that increase recovery from unconventional reservoirs. Rather than viewing data on a small screen in 2-D, researchers can be immersed in a 3-D image created from that data, providing for analysis of a more realistic situation. We want it to be a campus-wide teaching resource.”
The contract to design, engineer, integrate and install the CAVE solution was awarded to Mechdyne in October 2012; installation will begin in January 2013, with completion scheduled in March.
Users of CAVE technologies include universities, scientific research organizations, oil & gas and other energy companies, and manufacturing and design organizations.
About Mechdyne Corporation
Mechdyne is one of the world’s leading providers of innovative visual information technologies. The company bends technology in ways that transform complex data into insights and ideas. To ensure customers succeed, Mechdyne provides comprehensive, customized solutions that include consulting, software, technical services and hardware integration. Mechdyne, with offices around the world, serves a global customer base. Customers include: leading government laboratories, energy companies, universities, manufacturing and design firms, U.S. armed forces, and other users of visual information technologies.
About University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources
School of Energy Resources (SER) at the University of Wyoming is located in the University’s new LEED certified Energy Innovation Center (EIC) in Laramie. The $25.4 million state-of-the-art research and collaboration facility will help the SER and its various centers of excellence -- including the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) -- realize their full potential in such areas as enhanced oil recovery, carbon management and advanced coal technology. The SER was created by the Wyoming State Legislature in 2006 to enhance the university’s energy-related education, research and outreach. The SER features nine centers of excellence dedicated to the study of enhanced oil recovery, carbon management, advanced coal technology, wind energy and other fields of energy research.
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