Why are Visualization and Simulation Systems so Important?
Data is easy to come by, in part because it’s very inexpensive to acquire. What’s difficult is taking that data and making use of it.
If you can visualize the data, usually through the use of a variety of software tools that presents it in a visual field, it then becomes easier for groups to collaborate and gain consensus on whatever it is they’re investigating. Having the right tools to properly visualize data is necessary to achieve understanding. It’s also of paramount importance to be able to make the right decisions about the information. This is the goal of advanced visualization, which immerses individuals and groups into simulated environments.
For visualization applications, not only does the system need to be easy to use, but the visual display needs to suspend the viewer’s belief system, with the proper visual acuity, so that it makes for an unencumbered analysis of the visual data. Visualization technology is being used across many industries to create immersive virtual realities that help increase understanding and promote discovery among team members. Because these environments are projected on a large scale, teams can collaboratively interact with their data.
Simulators can combine sound, sight, motion, and scent to make you feel that you are experiencing the actual situation for which you are being trained. Factors such as geometry, image blending and warping, resolution, color and brightness uniformity, and latency are key criteria that are addressed when designing simulation display solutions.
The result is a training experience as realistic as the real world. The goal of a high-performance simulation is to accurately and consistently replicate an environment where trainees can safely practice routines and tasks that can’t be repetitively performed in the real world. In education and training, simulators enable users to safely learn from their mistakes. These virtual environments can immerse trainees in realistic conditions so they can practice their courses of action. A simulator can also provide for safety engineering, testing, training, improved performance, and education.