National Science Foundation Flood Modeling Grant

National Science Foundation Flood Modeling Grant

National Science Foundation Flood Modeling GrantCIVS is working with Professor Chandramouli Viswanathan (Civil Engineering), Dr. Emily Hixon (Education), and Dr. George Nnanna (Water Institute) to develop an NSF funded interactive 3D flood model simulator. Students at Purdue Calumet and three other universities (University of the District of Columbia, Florida Atlantic University, and University of Kentucky) are using the simulator to better understand and identify strategies to prevent flooding and protect lives and infrastructure. The simulator has already been used to recreate a 2008 flood that caused major damage to Northwest Indiana, and allowed students to evaluate the levee system put in place by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help prevent such disasters in the future..

CIVS Hosts Homeland Security Meeting

Homeland Security Meeting.CIVS hosted NWI District 1 Homeland Security Information Sharing Working Group (ISWG) monthly meeting on February 7, 2014. Attending the meeting were over 25 emergency response leaders from across the state. During discussion, CIVS and ISWG identified several projects for collaboration that will support and enhance ISWG’s mission to provide essential emergency medical care and patient evacuation during times of natural or man-made disaster, or in time of a national security emergency.

Students Visit Steel Company to Develop Virtual Safety Training

3D model for steel safety training.Senior Design students being mentored by CIVS traveled to Crawfordsville, IN in February to visit a Nucor Sheet Mill Group plant.

The students are creating animated visualizations to improve safety training in the steel industry.

CIVS Projects Showcased at Student Research Day

A total of 41 CIVS graduate and undergraduate students presented 25 projects at the Purdue University Calumet Student Research Day. Students made both oral and poster presentations on projects including industry sponsored research, virtual education development, and other simulation and visualization research.

CIVS Develops Virtual Dance Program for Kids

CIVS partnered with Dr. Meg Rincker and Dr. Sue Misner from Purdue Calumet, and Katie Hughes from the Hughes Academy of Irish Dance to develop a virtual dance simulator that was used for 400 grade schoolers to teach an Irish Jig! The week-long physical education instruction was part of a pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of virtual, face-to-face, and hybrid instruction.