Advanced Visualization 101: What Your Design Department Needs to Know

Posted by IGI. January 17, 2017 - Advanced Visualization

Your business’s complex data and multilayered models are only as effective as your ability to properly communicate their message. Fortunately, information previously confined to spreadsheets and blueprints can now be displayed in ultra-high resolution through advanced visualization.  

Audiovisual systems optimized for advanced visualization enable the display of vast amounts of data and complex computer models with rich detail, clarity and exceptional color. These ultra high-resolution systems give designers and engineers the ability to work in a different creative setting, and viewers the ability to better understand and more accurately analyze the displayed information.

For design departments in the automotive industry and beyond, state-of-the-art, large-scale systems facilitate the display of detailed specs and engineering prototypes. This access to new technology has transformed automotive design, allowing designers to view in acute detail, measure gaps and margins, and sketch out models in a visionary environment all prior to physical development.

How Does Advanced Visualization Integration Work?   

Advanced visualization integration partners are able to introduce large-scale, high-quality systems like PowerWalls, head-mounted displays and Cave Automatic Virtual Environments right into your company’s buildings. These integrations take into account unique interior structures and specific visualization needs, resulting in the ultra-high resolution display of data.

By using innovative technology like 4K and 3D, these systems create dazzling visual displays of the most complex data sets and design files. The large-scale display screens utilized typically range from 18 feet and beyond, and the display surfaces vary among glass, acrylic, and fabric drum-like material.

Through the process of AV integration, advanced visualization systems can present a variety of media and content from single or multiple sources to display large amounts of data and imagery at once. The result is a high-quality image which significantly improves analysis accuracy and accelerates collaborative decision making.

In fact, advanced visualization systems can be installed for both designers and engineers to participate and work together. A design-orientated advanced visualization space will focus on factors like color and lighting to showcase a particular product or model and enhance creativity and collaboration. An environment primarily for engineering will focus on usability, functionality, ambient light, and desks, to enhance communication between teams.

Who Benefits from Advanced Visualization? 

In addition to automotive engineering and design, advanced visualization can benefit a wide range of design ventures for industries such as:

  • Aerospace engineering and design
  • Oil and gas exploration
  • Scientific and medical research
  • Military collaboration
  • Feature film post-production

Key auto industry users include both Ford Motor Company and General Motors. Many automotive companies’ Virtual Build Teams use advanced visualization systems to visualize and plan every aspect of the vehicle assembly process in 3D detail. Engineers, human factors specialists, and assembly planners utilize these sophisticated systems to simulate the entire vehicle assembly process months before parts begin arriving on the assembly line floor.

All branches of U.S. Military (like the U.S. Navy) use similar technology. Use cases include design and engineering tools similar to the automotive industry, simulation and training, and command and control.  Historically, these tasks were accomplished using typical audio visual systems.  Today’s military takes advantage of advanced visualization systems including PowerWalls, CAVE’s and virtual reality.

Other corporate, research and government users harnessing the value of advanced visualization systems include Boeing, NASA Jet Propulsion Labs, White Sands Missile Range, the Pentagon and the University of Vermont Medical Center.

IGI is an industry leader in the complete integration of ultra-high resolution Advanced Visualization systems including PowerWalls, CAVEs and Virtual Reality. Request a consultation to learn more about how your company can realize the operational value of advanced visualization for your audiovisual display needs.

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