The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) opened its first Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) in 2010. With the new CAVE installed in 2017, CAES’s Applied Visualization Laboratory is even better equipped to provide researchers from universities, industry and government agencies with a user facility where they can visualize and address scientific and technical challenges.
- CAES operates the AVL as a user facility, allowing universities, government agencies, and industry to access the lab to solve myriad technical and research problems.
- CAES and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have provided three portable 3-D visualization systems to Boise State University, Idaho State University, and University of Idaho to bolster their modeling and simulation capabilities.
- CAES and INL are developing next-generation methods for ingesting and manipulating real-time data in various immersive and virtual reality systems.
- Lab Layout (click on image to enlarge):
The Computer Assisted Virtual Environment (CAVE)
floor. Large data sets can be loaded quickly into the system. Wearing stereoscopic glasses to create depth perception and
using a wand to manipulate and control data, researchers can study such things as contaminant flows through water
systems, plot construction of new power transmission lines over topographically accurate terrain or examine graphite billets
from a nuclear reactor.