WELCOME to the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) website. CIVS is located at the Hammond Campus of Purdue University Northwest.
CIVS is a multidisciplinary center that combines advanced simulation techniques with 3D visualization and virtual reality technologies. CIVS has been globally recognized for its integrated and application-driven approaches through state-of-the-art simulation and virtual reality visualization technologies for providing innovative solutions to solve various university research problems, industry issues, as well as education and community problems. Through close partnerships with more than 110 external organizations, CIVS’s projects have provided substantial educational and economic impacts, resulting in more than $40 million dollars in savings for companies.
CIVS is continuing the development and implementation of cutting-edge simulations, computer graphics, advanced visualization, and computing technology to serve faculty, staff, and students of Purdue University Northwest, as well as industry and the community.
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Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC)
With funding support provided by a major AMTech grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Purdue University Northwest and the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation in 2014 spearheaded the launch of a novel, industry-led association of steel manufacturers and stakeholders, now firmly established as the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium, or SMSVC. The SMSVC is a nationwide, industry-led consortium of steel producers, suppliers, and users—including energy suppliers and utility companies—whose purpose is to address major technological issues and barriers related to growth, and to ensure a competitive advantage for American steel manufacturing.
The SMSVC mission is to develop and implement innovative technical solutions through the integration of advanced computer simulation and visualization technologies across the steel value chain; and to that end, CIVS researchers work with established industry partners and new stakeholders to apply these technologies in a pre-competitive environment to help solve key problems as identified and prioritized through our roadmapping activities. For more information, please visit the SMSVC website at steelconsortium.org.
“Innovators” Honor Recognizes CIVS Influence on Region
Purdue University Northwest’s entire CIVS team of faculty, staff, administrators, and students were named co-recipients of the 2012-13 Chanute Prize for Team Innovation, presented annually by Ivy Tech Community College and The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana.
The Chanute Prize recognizes team dynamics, process, culture and benefits of innovation; the innovation itself; and the “Wow” factor.
“Innovation is the catalyst of economic development,” Chancellor Keon said. “This award is greatly appreciated and marks the continuation of a great future for Purdue Northwest as a source for new business enterprise.”
Managing Director of The Society of Innovators John Davies applauded CIVS’ selection, “because it has been, and is, and will continue to help innovative and entrepreneurial enterprises across Northwest Indiana re-imagine their possibilities through visualization and simulation technologies. This is an amazing tool that few of us could have imagined only a few short years ago.”
“This award provides great recognition for our team. I appreciate the dedication and effort all our team members have made. I also am grateful for all the individuals and organizations who have supported CIVS,” stated CIVS Director Dr. Chenn Zhou.
CIVS Has Contributed to: $40+ Million in Savings to Industry …
… educational development, advancement, and employment opportunities for more than 10,000 students; over 350 projects (with more than 110 external organizations) globally; and community outreach and promotion of engineering benefits at-large through presentations and visitor tours locally and globally (30,000+ visitors and counting).
CIVS integrates such cutting-edge technologies as simulation, visualization and 3D virtual reality to create virtual worlds for solving challenging, real-world problems, promoting economic development, improving productivity and energy usage, and helping industrial partners achieve environmental improvements.
Since 2009, CIVS has helped industry save more than $40 million in production and efficiency costs, while providing valuable experiential learning opportunities for students.