AMD FirePro™ Professional Graphics and Schneider Digital: helping the Centre for Energy Research to interpret oil and gas field geology.
The interpretation of geological models of hydrocarbon reservoir structures generated from oil and gas field surveys is a complex and difficult task. Organisations involved in such work are increasingly turning to a new generation of high-technology solutions to help them in this task. One such organisation is run by Prof. Dr. Leonhard Ganzer at the Energie-Forschungszentrum Niedersachsen (Centre for Energy Research). To help research teams to visualize and therefore interpret such models, Professor Ganzer now relies on the Mini VR Wall virtual reality (VR) display system provided by Schneider Digital using AMD FirePro™ professional graphics cards and FirePro™ S400 Synchronization Modules. Now, with the launch of the 4 GB FirePro™ V9800 professional graphics card, the Mini VR Wall can achieve even greater levels of performance and cost-effectiveness.
Schneider Digital develops, supplies and supports customized solutions using its in-house designed PULSARON workstation and AMD professional graphics products. In business for 16 years, the company is renowned for its technical expertise and support and is able to advise impartially on the best choice of graphics solution to meet customer need. For the development of customized projection systems Schneider Digital works closely with 3DInsight, a graphics company based in Chemnitz, Saxony. 3DInsight specializes in the design of high quality but affordable VR installations such as powerwalls and caves using their InsightView renderer or the unique Virtual Graphics Adapter. The latter converts the output of arbitrary graphics applications (e.g. CAD systems) to allow visualization of the data on stereoscopic segmented displays.
Josef J. Schneider is Chief executive of Schneider Digital. In his opinion, “The V9800 is a market changer. Suddenly, there is a graphics board with a full frame buffer that can do it all for less than 2000 Euros, which means that we can deliver a new generation of high-resolution virtual reality video wall at one fifth of the price of the previous generation. Even the big automotive manufacturers, with the need to see their car designs in full photorealism at 4K usually only have one or two video walls because of the cost and because of the problems of maintenance and calibration. A normal design company certainly would not be able to afford one but now, thanks to AMD, almost every company can justify one.”