Melanie Hill manages the Interactive Visualization Center in downtown Greenville, which has 3D and immersion technology that can be used by many industries. (Photo/Liz Segrist)
By Liz Segrist
Published Jan. 17, 2013
A new technology center that can show building plans or car designs as 3D models before they are built is now open for business in downtown Greenville.
The 2,800-square-foot Interactive Visualization Center, or IVC Greenville, at 106 W. Broad St. offers meeting and event space; training rooms with integrated technology; access to virtual reality technology; on-site technical support; and telepresence and holographic options.
It is available to companies through a monthly fee-for-service plan. IVC Founder and Manager Melanie Hill worked throughout the fall to prep the center for its opening. The equipment was recently installed.
Hill wants the Upstate to become a technology hub. She wants to bring companies’ plans and computer-aided design, or CAD, files to life with a 3D virtual reality computer lab and photorealistic interactive computer models at the center.
“A blueprint is flat, just lines on a paper,” Hill previously said. “With this 3D, immersive experience a design concept comes to life for a client or a financer. It gives the architect or developer a much better chance of selling the idea and getting financing.”
The center provides a variety of technologies that can bring CAD files and designs to life. Many professions, such as architects and engineers, use CAD files to create buildings and facilities.
The Augmented Reality Design Review Station uses reflective holographic projection to create a 2D or 3D image.
An automotive company could use the technology to see their engine design from all angles, or a developer could take a walking tour through their virtual building, for example.
The center also offers a Tele-immersion Conferencing Station that creates life-like projections for an immersive meeting.
Users also can use the touchable Plot Table to display their CAD files, enabling the team to explore design layouts.
The center can be used for training. New employees or students could spend the day in the visualization cave in a simulated environment with various obstacles and scenarios added throughout.