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3D Data Viewer Release and Webinar Registration


The Center for Earthquake Engineering Simulation at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, in collaboration with the NEES site at Oregon State University and NEESComm, is pleased to announce the release of 3D Data Viewer Version 2. 3DDV is a visualization and data analysis program that works with three dimensional models and sensor configurations to provide an intuitive method for visualizing and analyzing data. The tool is intended to be simple to use, making it a useful educational tool in addition to a research tool. 3DDV also allows for fast data analysis, intuitive representation of complex models, and easy collaboration. 3DDV can be used for physical models of centrifuge tests, full scale tests, field tests, etc.

Version 2 of 3DDV has seen a number of major improvements. Model creation has been greatly simplified by adding support for Collada files created in Trimble Sketchup. Models can now be created graphically, increasing the speed with which users can get to visualizing and analyzing their data. This capability is the biggest improvement in usability since Version 1.

Other improvements include a migration from an old, outdated 3D engine to the current, native, Java3d API. This provides greater stability and the ability to extend the program with more features in the future. 3DDV can also import sensor configurations from text files, providing the capability of using different senor configurations with the same model. These text files along with model files and data files can now be opened from NEESHub, increasing the collaborative value of the tool. The 3DDV model editor has been resurrected and improved allowing on the fly changes to models opened in 3DDV.


Webinar Registration

In conjunction with the release of Version 2 of 3DDV, the Center for Earthquake Engineering Simulation will be offering a hands-on webinar to introduce interested people to 3DDV on January 25, 2013. This webinar will include:

  • An introduction to 3D Data Viewer
  • A hands on Sketchup tutorial building a model for use in 3D Data Viewer
  • A hands on tutorial using 3D Data Viewer to include the following features:
    Model import and data association
    Plots and visualization
    NEESHub integration
    Sensor ingestion
    Model Editor

To register for the webinar, register at http://www.nees.org/3dviewerregistration by December 15, 2012. If you have any questions about using 3DDV with your research, please contact Inthuorn Sasanakul (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).


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For more information about 3DDV, downloads, tutorial video, screenshots, and example files, please visit the 3DDV Webpage (http://www.nees.rpi.edu/3d-data-viewer/) or NEES Tool Page (http://nees.org/resources/3DDV).