A Mixed Reality Exploration of Groundwater Conservation Districts
Interactive Visualization Demonstrations
TimeTuesday, July 306:30pm - 8:30pm
LocationCrystal Foyer and Crystal B
DescriptionThe growing ecosystem of emerging technologies allows researchers to view their data from different perspectives, enabling them to gather insight. Mixed Reality is a powerful example, letting users view virtual objects overlaid in their existing world. This gives users a clear sense of how the virtual representation of the data they are viewing correlates to their natural environment. The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) demonstrates an example of using a mixed reality headset to explore Geo-referenced information. Our application renders a virtual 3D map, using the Microsoft HoloLens, that is separated into individual groundwater conservation districts across Texas. Users use gestures to select districts, compared to the limited mouse and click selection required from a traditional GUI. Primary development used Unity3D, with data provided by the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts. This project resulted from work related to the Planet Texas 2050 initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on sustainability for future generation Texans. The first demonstration was at the Orange and Maroon legislative day February 5th, 2019 in Austin. The all day event is a platform to allow UT Austin and Texas A&M alumni to meet with their district representatives and discuss future goals and legislation for a better Texas. Future work involves a collaborative application where users can discuss the same virtual content, and not be limited by the view of a single person or screen.