3D model of CT scanning equipment

CT Scan Data Visualisation App

How does a CT Scan work? What do the results look like?

These were questions held by petroleum engineering students when learning about rock porosity and structure. The School... Read more

How does a CT Scan work? What do the results look like?

These were questions held by petroleum engineering students when learning about rock porosity and structure. The School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering at UNSW decided that an educational mobile app would be a great way to help students understand a process that they cannot see in the lab and help them understand the results on a micro scale. 

The generated experience starts by using an animated 3D model of the CT scanning equipment in the UNSW lab to explain the process of scanning. A series of steps and narrations outline how the scanned data is collected and how the 3D model information is produced. The app then includes a range of example datasets generated from CT scanning various materials in the lab, from a tooth, to concrete, to a chocolate egg. Students are able to interact with these 3D models on their mobiles, rotating and slicing them to view the information generated by a CT scan. 

The app then extends the learning by allowing the student to travel inside the 3D model generated from a sandstone sample. They can rotate their view around in 360o to understand the pore spaces and internal structure. In this location they can visualise CFD modelling results that were generated using the CT scan data to understand the flow of fluid through the material pore spaces and where areas of fast/slow flow are. A model of CO2 sequestration is also presented so the student can visualise where the pockets of gas would be trapped within the material whilst still allowing natural fluid to flow past. 

We are very happy with the results of this project. It's a great way to explain the complex 3D datasets from CT scanning to students in an easy to digest format. 

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This application was developed for students to use on their own devices; iPhones, Android mobiles and iPads. It was distributed through the Apple App store and the Google Play store allowing students to access the content from anywhere in the world.

There are also plans to transition this data visualisation into a virtual reality (VR) experience, letting students immerse themselves in the data and feel like they are flying through the material models! 

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This app was developed for the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Technology: Mobile
3D flow data visualisation in CT scan model

Want to visualise your data in an app?

3D visualisation technology can help a broad audience to understand complex datasets quickly. Most people are visual learners and presenting educational experiences rich in graphics... Read more

3D visualisation technology can help a broad audience to understand complex datasets quickly. Most people are visual learners and presenting educational experiences rich in graphics is a great way to help viewers grasp the content. Modern mobile devices have powerful graphics capabilities and allow for very detailed visualisations, even those in 3D, rendered in real-time enabling interaction with the information. 

Creating a mobile app as part of your educational content is a great way to engage with your audience and scale the distribution. These apps allow students to use them on their own devices, downloading from the App store for access wherever they are. This can enable you to reach a worldwide audience and enrich distance learning (or create the coolest homework ever). Once the app is created it can be used for multiple classes, for years to come.  

If you would like to know more about the process of creating a data visualisation app for education, drop us a message below. We look forward to chatting with you about what's possible with the latest technology. 

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