VisionDome brings Immersive Technology to the Asset Team (October 1998)

GeoQuest has signed with Alternate RealitiesCorporation to become exclusive reseller of the VisionDome to the energy sector. TheVisionDome is a hemishpherical screen and projector combination which offers anentry-level VR environment.

The VisionDome "virtual environment" is intended to allow "all members of the asset team to share their knowledge through collaborative decision making". Consisting of a football-like structure and a central video projector a ‘3D effect’ is claimed without special viewing equipment. The technology is said to enable ‘peer review and discussion throughout the entire reservoir lifecycle process’. Described as ‘first fully immersive, portable, single-projection, virtual-reality environment that does not require goggles, headsets or helmets’, the VisionDome features a ‘unique lens with infinite focus’. VisionDome manufacturer Alternate Realities Corporation was founded in 1993 as a spin-off of the North Carolina Supercomputing Center (NCSC).

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