A 34.5-million, touch-enabled, high resolution display wall designed to provide researchers with significant visual real estate for working with digital information.

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Who can access the Visualization Studio?

The Visualization Studio is designed for use by faculty, graduate students and other collaborators. University of Calgary faculty may book the Visualization Studio for up to seven consecutive days.


  • Display wall measuring 4.88 metres by 1.85 metres (195 inches by 73 inches) with a resolution of 9600x3600 (34.5 million) pixels
  • The display is rear-projected; a composite 5x3 arrangement of 15 projectors
  • Almost invisible seams of less than 2 millimetres between projector screens
  • Display is supported by a Boxx APEXX T4L server featuring an AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3955WX (3.9GHz) and 128GB RAM with graphics support from four NVIDIA RTX A4000 GPUs. The server runs Windows 10 and supports Linux via Windows Subsystem for Linux.
  • High-quality 7.1 Dolby surround sound

Where is it located?

The Visualization Studio is on the fourth floor of the TFDL.

Visualization Virtual Human

Virtual Human Project

Christian Jacob, director of the LINDSAY Virtual Human project, describes his plans for using the visualization studio: "The large display wall will provide exceptional ways to look at thousands of anatomical parts, structures and 3D scan data. We can seamlessly merge high-resolution mesh data with our physiology simulations, which can then be discussed among team members, medical students or in group settings in the Vis Studio."

Visualization Examination

Examination of High Resolution Imagery

One of the strengths of the Visualization Studio is the display wall’s ability to work with high resolution imagery. Murray McGillivray, Professor of English, has made use of these capabilities for examining the high resolution manuscript images from the Cotton Nero A.x. Project. Not only was Professor McGillivray able to view these entire images at full resolution, he was further able to make use of photo manipulation software to adjust their contrast and other properties to explore image detail not normally visible.

Visualization Data

Data Analysis

The Visualization Studio supports a wide variety of statistical analysis and visual analytics software, including Excel, SPSS, SAS*, STATA*, and Tableau*. Jenny Godley, Assistant Professor in Sociology, found the room very useful for analyzing study data. The ability to view more than fifty columns of data across the display wall facilitates the discovery of trends and correlations more easily and more quickly than is possible on the limited width of a traditional desktop monitor. Furthermore, the Studio’s proximity to Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SANDS) means users can benefit from nearby expertise in GIS and statistical software as well as additional sources of data.

Visualization Exploring

Exploring Multi-Display Interfaces

Several computer science and engineering groups have been actively using the Visualization Studio to develop and explore new interface and software possibilities. Frank Maurer, Professor in Computer Science states, "The Vis Studio allows my team to prototype multi-surface systems with our industrial partners to interact with vast amounts of data to support teams in oil and gas exploration, network monitoring and resource infrastructure planning. The Studio is an essential environment for dealing with the 'big data' challenges of the future."


Our team members.

John Brosz

Research Data & Visualization Coordinator


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