The Advanced Visualisation Lab at UNSW houses a variety of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies that are designed to push the boundaries of innovative education.
The equipment ranges from a floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree, 3D VR theatre also referred to as the Advanced Visualisation and Interaction Environment (AVIE), to mobile-based AR and consumer VR headsets like the Oculus Quest. These devices are used to immerse students in site environments, to explain complex four-dimensional concepts and to conduct interactive virtual group assessments.
We simulate various mine environments - from open-cut to underground, from hard rock to gas reservoirs. By using 3D simulation, potential hazards are safely experienced, designs are tested, and feasibility studies consolidated. Additionally, concepts and theories can be tested and challenged like never before.
The Advanced Visualisation Lab represents so much of what is important to us here at the School: innovation, high-quality education and industry partnerships. This technology has been developed in collaboration with our industry partners to provide training material for our students who have reaped the benefits ever since.
These innovations culminate in a vision that creates industry-relevant experiences, which travel far beyond the textbook - and directly to the heart of experiential learning.