SKA radio astronomy and HIVE visualisation
Volgen van Melbourne Cup, ‘the Race that stops the nation’ op Ascot Racecourse
The Curtin Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch (The HIVE) is a multi-screen visualisation facility which uses the power of data visualisation to aid scientific discovery. Dr Andrew Woods and his team support a wide range of visualisation projects across a range of disciplines using technologies such as virtual reality, virtual environments, 360° panoramic virtual tours, 3D imaging, and 3D reconstruction. The HIVE is fitted with four large-screen immersive displays, each with their own unique capabilities. The most impressive of the displays in the HIVE is the Cylinder display (3m tall, 180° field-of-view, 8m diameter) which allows up to 20-25 people to experience detailed wrap-around virtual environments, with the option of 3D glasses to enhance the experience. The room holds up to 50 people. The HIVE has also developed a virtual reality simulation of Beacon Island “Beacon Virtua” and is working on 3D reconstructions of the Batavia wreck site from 1970s photography.
Ascot is home to Perth’s horse racing industry with some of Western Australia’s greatest horse races held at the venue. The racecourse hosts the state’s summer and autumn racing carnivals in March/April and November/December. The racecourse is located 8km east of the Perth city centre and The Western Australian Turf Club is located directly opposite. The racecourse features beautiful gardens and first class facilities including an interstate and local bookmakers ring. There is also an open sided pavilion the length of the Main Tote. The track itself is 2,000 metres in circumference and features a 300 metre inclining straight. This straight is said to be the toughest test for stayers in Australia including those who compete in the Perth Cup on January 1. With a tough bend at the first turn, the inside barriers tend to have an advantage on this track.
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