Big data 'wired' for 3D visualization

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Wired magazine this week speculated about the next logical step for big data analytics and surmised that 3D visualization is likely to be it, given the need to quickly understand and make use of the information it produces.

Dave Chavez, CTO at 3D technology company Infinite Z, and author of the article--said the typical 2D format used to visualize and explain data is limited and leaves a layer of detail uncovered. "Physically visualizing data empowers human cognitive processes and enables us to see what might not otherwise be seen when reviewing more traditional representations," he said.

Chavez said using imagery to represent data is certainly something businesses should take into consideration as they approach the large quantities of data that researchers have been working with for years. He cited companies such as TerraEchos, Mindtel and FMS, which use his interactive 3D virtual holographic platform called zSpace to empower their customers with big data visualization.

Last Friday, Infinite Z announced partnerships with the three to develop big data analytics solutions on the platform. And in the last month across industries, companies have put out the call for more 3D visualization capabilities:

Sri Lanka's Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat put out a call for bids on a complete 3D visualization system for the interpretation, modeling and monitoring of petroleum exploration and production data.

Siemens recently acquired VRcontext International S.A.--out of Brussels, Belgium--a leading developer of 3D visualization and training software for displaying complex engineering data in the shipbuilding and plant construction industries.

Casino Data Imaging, a leader in advanced visualization and analysis solutions, announced a strategic alliance with Qualex Asia Limited which will leverage competencies of both organizations to create greater value and more efficiency in providing data visualization and analysis services to the Asian casino markets.

And the University of Chicago got its Library and the Research Computing Center to collaborate on coupling the technical expertise of RCC staff with high-end 3D visualization technology. The end result is an initiative that supports innovative research, teaching, and learning opportunities for faculty, staff, and students at the university.

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