Visualisation at USC - the Engineering Learning Hub

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Being able to manipulate, become immersed in, or visualise concepts or scenarios that would otherwise be impossible to experience is immensely powerful

One of USC’s major strategic strengths within the higher education sector is that it offers some of the most sophisticated teaching facilities in the world.

In 2015, three cutting-edge visualisation facilities were purpose built to provide a hybrid of 2D and 3D virtual reality techniques which will allow students to see and interact with complex data in ways that accelerate and deepen their learning.

Community access

USC wish to extend this capability into research and community-engagement activities, therefore are opening these facilities for use by the wider community.

Our facilities

CAVE 2

The state-of-the-art, 5-Star Green Star rated Engineering Learning Hub (ELH) delivers world class learning and teaching facilities over three levels. At the core of this new building are three cutting-edge visualisation facilities which provide a hybrid of 2D and 3D virtual reality techniques which will allow students to see and interact with complex data in ways that accelerate and deepen their learning. The largest of these facilities is the Visualisation Studio which houses the CAVE2TM. One of only four of its kind in the world (one in Melbourne and two in the USA), the CAVE2TM provides a near-seamless, 320-degree, immersive, panoramic immersive 3D virtual environment.

Collaboration Studio

The second is the Collaboration Studio designed to foster learning through collaboration in a technology rich environment, capped off with a huge 3D enabled screen on which multiple sources (table and student laptops, tablets, phones) can be shared.

If you wish to explore collaboration opportunities with these facilities please contact visualise@usc.edu.au.

Other facilities

The ELH project also provides for a standalone building, housing a Structures Laboratory and an Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory. The Structural Laboratory provides equipment and test facilities for testing a wide range of structural materials, with data capture equipment enabling its operations and demonstrations to be linked back to the visualisation theatre.

The Manufacturing Laboratory contains two large industrial-sized CNC machines; a 5-axis, 24-tool vertical machining centre and a 12-tool lathe. Students will be able to program these CNC machines to produce high precision, complex-contoured parts.

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