VisLab operational after significant upgrades
The newly refurbished NCAR Visualization Laboratory (VisLab) is operational again following the installation in April of new display, audio, and control systems. Located at the Mesa Lab, the facility was built in 2000 and last upgraded in 2009. Since then, modern A/V equipment took an evolutionary leap with the advent of 4K resolution and other key technologies.
CISL began an RFP process in FY2018 to refresh VisLab technology to support the display of modern climate and weather models at full data resolution and to enable viewing of small-scale processes in important areas like turbulence with more clarity and detail than ever before. CISL selected a vendor, Mechdyne Corporation, to install a 4x3-flat-panel-based video wall with 12 times (7680x3240) the previous display resolution. The video switcher, audio and control systems, and other A/V components also were enhanced to keep the facility current with modern technology, extend CISL’s education and outreach capabilities, and provide an engaging platform for presenting NCAR science.