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West Point Cadets Working on Geospatial Data Visualization

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Advanced Visualization Research at West Point

If you want to learn about a real world application of augmented/virtual reality be sure you check out the full article on Lidar News. Matt O’Banion and his team of West Point researchers are working on an advanced visualization workspace that facilitates the immersive evaluation and exploitation of three-dimensional (3D) geospatial data. Currently, the workspace provides both an Augmented Reality Sandtable (ARES) and a Geospatial Virtually Immersive Evaluation Workstation (GeoVIEW 3D).

Matt also referred me to an interesting website – Potree which is a free open-source WebGL based point cloud renderer for large point clouds, developed at the Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms, TU Wien.

He sent me this example – Use Chrome or Firefox


Congrats to Matt and his West Point team for putting this all together in the relatively short amount of time that he has been there.

I made a trip there last spring to see all of this in person. It was an amazing visit, both from the data visualization technology side and from the overwhelming feeling of the being a part of the history that is West Point. Being founded in 1778, under the direction of General George Washington, it is the oldest continuously occupied military post in the America.

I checked in with Matt yesterday to see how things were going with the pandemic. It has been a challenge to run the photogrammetry and remote sensing classes – remotely, but things seem to be smoothing out.

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