Introduction to Visualisation Workshop

A major aspect in communicating the results of your research lies in presenting those results in a manner that is easy to understand. That can be done through visual representations of the results. WestGrid will be providing a course on campus on May 23, hosted by Research Computing, introducing using visualisation with the Paraview program.

If you want to attend the course, you will need to register (you must login with your NSID to do this), and to bring a laptop to the course. You will also need to install Paraview on your laptop. To do this, go to the download site and select the version for your computer and operating system. Please get the latest version (3.98.1 at this moment). Feel free to experiment with Paraview and to bring samples of your research data to visualise.

Paraview is a freely available program created and maintained by KitWare. It is used in a number of disciplines,for applications such as imaging for three dimensional data fields. As an example, it has been adopted as the visualisation interface for the OpenFoam CFD program.

Paraview was chosen as a vehicle for introducing visualisation as it is powerful, relatively easy to use, and free to use.

The course is instructed by Brian Corrie, Visualization Coordinator for WestGrid. Dr Corrie has been doing research in scientific visualization, parallel visualization, virtual environments, collaborative scientific visualization over advanced networks, and human factors in scientific collaboration for a number of years.

While the focus of the presentation is on scientific visualisation, there are applications to fields outside the science and technology disciplines. For example, bringing rendered data of fluid flow into Blender as part of computer assisted artwork. On our campus, Paraview has been used to visualise STL files for 3D printers. An example of this is shown below. This is part of an exhibit of solid art that will be on display at the Kenderdine. (Note that there is currently an exhibit of student work beside Convo Hall.)

Thanks to Susan Shantz

Thanks to Susan Shantz for permission to use this image of artwork from her exhibition “creatures in translation” May 10 to Aug 30, in the Kenderdine Gallery

Visualisation/ParaView Introductory course
A laptop with ParaView installed is required
Time: May 23, 2013 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Agriculture 1E85
Instructor: Brian Corrie

Finally, to present examples of ParaView, here are some related videos:
Making a stereo movie

Visualising a point cloud (of local interest – the 3rd Ave United Church was digitised as a point cloud.)

Regions of interest of data can be isolated by creating an iso-surface

Or by slicing your data

And even animations of data can be done

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