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Virtalis has designed and supplied a Highly Immersive Visualisation Environment (Hive) to the University of Western Cape (UWC), South Africa.

The Virtalis facility is being paid for in a matched funding arrangement between the university and BP.

The Hive will be sited in a custom-built unit within the Department of Applied Geology.

A central Dell server coupled with a dedicated optical fibre line will link the department’s 30 high-end, 3D modelling computers with the two-channel, tracked Activewall and the postgraduate research suite.

This, in turn, will connect the department to the university’s multi-terabyte data storage system via 10Gb network connectivity, enabling high-speed data transfer and advanced modelling of very large datasets.

The Hive will manipulate and model data using a range of industry standard software packages to create highly detailed models and virtual environments.

Principal among these are Schlumberger’s reservoir and fluid modelling suites, Petrel and Eclipse, Midland Valley’s Move 2D, 3D, 4D structural modelling software and Virtalis’s Geovisionary, a tool that enables geoscientists to visualise, analyse and share datasets seamlessly in an immersive, real-time environment.

Relationships between the Hive and Fugro NPA, specialist in geological and surface modelling using advanced visualisation techniques, will enhance the overall service and technical quality of the facility.

Students using the Hive initially will be reading for MScs and PhDs in the South African Petroleum Studies Programme and MScs in Applied Geology, but this user body will expand as relationships with other disciplines are grown.

The Hive staff see no limit to the range of disciplines that the Virtalis solution can be applied to.

It is expected that approximately 40 per cent of Hive’s time will be booked by commercial organisations, especially those with interests in petroleum, mining and land use.

UWC has already placed an additional order for an Optoma projected Activemove, Virtalis’ recently launched, transportable, interactive 3D visualisation system.

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