Interactive GIS Tool for Regional Planning and Economic Development

Transportation statistics and other information is more readily available for regional planners.

THE PROBLEM GIS data is typically maintained by organizations within individual states. Differences in data format and other issues prevent easy sharing and merging of different data sets, making it difficult for regional planners to get a comprehensive look at GIS information that crosses state lines such as interstate transportation. Researchers and students at CIVS…
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NIST: AMTech Planning Grant

A collection of images showing CIVS simulations and visitors watching the visualizations with 3D glasses.

In order to maintain global competitiveness, steel manufacturing in the U.S. needs to optimize its manufacturing capabilities, and improve both efficiency and workforce training. Newly developed and emerging simulation and visualization technologies have recently provided efficient, effective, and economical tools for improving process and product design, troubleshooting, optimization, and workplace safety, while also providing state-of-the-art, cost-effective, and efficient workforce training to address debilitating skill gaps.

St. Margaret ER

Realistic rendering of the waiting room

Franciscan St. Margaret Health is one of the largest hospitals in Northwest region, where a newly designed emergency room is being constructed to replace the existing ER. During construction, a display will be viewable on site to provide the public with imagery showing what the finished facility will look like. Using architectural drawings and photos of existing equipment, a 3D model of the emergency room and equipment was created and used to generate an animated walk-through of the new space.

3D Simulation and Visualization of Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines

Horizontal axis wind turbine model with streamlines

Wind turbines are a growing source of renewable energy generation. Typically, they are installed in large groups, called wind farms, and connected to the electrical distribution grid. In order to maximize the power output of these turbines, the aerodynamic forces that operate on the rotor blades must be examined. In this project, a large scale Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) modeled loosely after the GE 1.5 MW wind turbine is examined. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations are performed on the turbine in both single and wind farm arrangements to determine various aerodynamic flow characteristics of the turbine.

Wind Turbine Simulators – Wind Turbine Design

Study of twist angle along the length of the blade and velocity contours at different angles of attack.

A wind turbine is a device that converts kinetic energy from the wind into mechanical energy. Understanding the wind turbine organization and the energy transformation has long been challenging for many engineering students. As a new approach in teaching wind energy, an interactive computer program was developed to provide students with hands-on experience in visualizing and manipulating wind turbine.