STFC selects Virtalis for virtual reality facility contract

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has awarded Virtalis a £2.2m contract to provide multiple virtual reality (VR) facilities for its Daresbury and Rutherford Appleton Laboratories.

The advanced visualisation systems that Virtalis has designed, and will install this summer, include a quad-channel, blended ActiveWall, two dual-channel ActiveWalls, and an eight-channel ActiveWall featuring a 10.25m curved screen with both blending and warping.

All the systems will feature tracking to give users a greater sense of immersion, as well as powerful 3D interaction capabilities.

The contract awarded to Virtalis forms part of a £37.5m investment in STFC’s e-infrastructure facilities that are designed to establish Daresbury Laboratory as an International Centre of Excellence for Computational Science and Engineering.