Fitness Center Flythrough

Visualization of the new student wellness and recreation center showing the outside of the building from the front.

A Student Wellness and Recreation Center was proposed for construction on the Purdue University Calumet Campus. An architecture firm developed plans and models for the Center and produced construction prints. A compelling visualization that is more understandable to public was needed to market the proposed Center and build support from decision makers and potential donors.

3D Tour for Hospital Special Care Nursery


Franciscan St. Margaret Health is one of the largest acute-care hospitals in Northwest region, where a special care nursery area is to be constructed upon the base of an existing nursery area. During construction, a display will be viewable on site to provide the public with imagery showing what the finished facility will look like. A virtual tour of the new construction using virtual reality visualization technology was identified as an effective tool. Using architectural drawings and photos of existing equipment, a 3D model of the special care nursery and equipment was created and used to generate an animated walk-through of the new space.

The Planck Mission

planck satellite

Planck is an international satellite mission led by the European Space Agency with significant contribution by NASA, designed to measure the anisotropy of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The Planck Mission’s Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) stated goals are to: Strengthen science and technology education in the US, raise public awareness about the value of the various science missions, and contribute to the future science and technology workforce in the US through educational opportunities for students, teachers, and the public.

Virtual Blast Furnace


The blast furnace is one of the most energy and capital intensive processes in iron and steelmaking. Complex phenomena and difficulties in taking measurements have led to using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) numerical simulations for optimization and better understanding of processes within blast furnaces. However, increasingly complex CFD results are difficult to interpret and communicate among blast furnace personnel with varying backgrounds. Efforts have been made in the past to combine 3-D and virtual reality (VR) with CFD to improve communication and understanding, but these have only been applied to blast furnaces in a very limited fashion.

Alverno Labs Visualization

Picture of 3D lab model

PCL Alverno, a full-service, community-based medical laboratory located in Hammond, Indiana, is celebrating their latest in a long line of accolades: being acknowledged as an innovator in Northwest Indiana by the Society of Innovators (sponsored by Ivy Tech). As PCL Alverno prepares to host the Innovators Café event at their facilities, they turn to CIVS to both provide a full, virtual tour of their labs, and to plan the space of their facilities to incorporate new equipment that will help save lives.