The University of Wolverhampton installs a high-quality igloo in

The National Brownfield Institute (NBI) at the University of Wolverhampton, based at its £120m Springfield Campus in Wolverhampton, has taken delivery of audio-visual technology that will provide researchers, students and businesses with an immersive space to collaborate , simulation and visualization.

The Igloo Vision environment is a cylinder 9 meters in diameter, similar to a giant VR helmet, which can accommodate teams of people for a shared and immersive experience. The immersive visualization suite is used in education and research to examine and assess lands for remediation and regeneration.

Paul Davies, Head of Knowledge Transfer at the University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment, said: “The Igloo Visualization Center is a huge asset to NBI and will be central to supporting businesses.

“The NBI is home to some of the newest facilities to support businesses engaged in brownfield regeneration. Physical labs allow testing of soil samples, water samples, and site conditions. NBI is also home to some of the latest technology in supporting brownfield development, ensuring stakeholders make the right decisions using a wide range of digital data.

“The Igloo provides an immersive and collaborative space to view a range of data, including site mapping data, geological information, designs, interactive virtual tours and 3D laser scan data in an immersive workspace. . This brings a new dimension to data visualization and analysis. The igloo’s ‘Remote Site Tour’ feature also enables live 360° video feeds to be transmitted from any site in the world to the igloo, allowing those within the facility to walk around immersively through a brownfield site from the comfort of NBI.

“NBI-supported companies will be able to showcase their products, designs and ideas on one of the largest shared immersive spaces in the UK. Igloo’s gesture control, 360-degree wrap-around screen, and surround sound provide customers with a unique experience to collaborate and be completely immersed in content.

The space is powered by a high specification Igloo Immersive Media Player and Igloo Elite software package. The installation also benefits from bright, crisp images provided by six 6,000 lumen ultra-short throw Epson projectors. It has videoconferencing capabilities via Jabra PanaCast hardware and is controlled from a main console on a lectern provided by TOP-TEC.

The installation at the University represents several firsts for Igloo Vision’s immersive technology. The NBI’s Igloo is the first to have enabled gesture control via Kinect motion sensors, allowing intuitive interaction with the Igloo Home interface. He is also the first to use Igloo’s remote site visit setup. This particular tool allows for 360° live streaming within the cylinder, meaning team members in the field can provide wraparound live streaming to others inside the cylinder.

Other features include integrations with industry standard tools such as Unity Reflect, Revit, Navisworks, Esri, as well as tools to access platforms such as Matterport 360°. With in-house Unity and Unreal content creation capabilities, the University is well positioned to take full advantage of Igloo’s functionality.

The £17.5 million NBI is a world-class institute that offers the opportunity to develop modern methods of construction through innovation and partnership with the construction industry.

Built on the University of Wolverhampton’s £120million Springfield Campus, the NBI will focus on the practical application of future brownfield regeneration through the work of research teams, leading policy development and commercial services.

Dr David Heesom, Reader in Building Information Modeling in the University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment, said: “Having the NBI as part of the Springfield campus and connected to the school of Architecture and the Built Environment is another example of how we bring industry closer to our student body to ensure they are continuously engaged in the construction industry, gaining real-world experience during their studies.

“The state-of-the-art facilities provide companies with methods to test new working practices and we are then able to reflect them, integrating them into our courses ensuring that our graduates are at the cutting edge of technology, ready to occupy positions as the next generation of Built. Environmental professionals.

The NBI has received £14.9 million in funding from the Government’s West Midlands Building Fund. Wolverhampton City Council worked closely with Black Country LEP and the West Midlands Combined Authority to secure the funding, with the remainder provided by the government’s Towns Fund.

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