Current and Upcoming News and Events

Pawsey Supercomputer Tours


Pawsey building, Technology Park.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 10:00am

iVEC will be running tours of the Pawsey Centre on the last Thursday of each month for a general audience. These tours are limited by numbers so if you wish to attend, please notify us as early as possible to secure a spot.

All people wishing to attend must fill in the form found here.

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Intern Presentations 2015


Pawsey building, technology park.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 1:00pm

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre intern presentations will be held the afternoon of Tuesday 17 February from 1pm-5pm.

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Annual Symposium 2015


Pawsey building.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 5:00pm

On Wednesday 18 February, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre will hold its all-day Annual Symposium. The Symposium will detail the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre’s plans for the coming year, as well as provide a great opportunity to engage with staff.

The 2015 Symposium will be especially valuable, with the Centre now being fully operational and operating ‘Magnus’, the most powerful supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Symposium will also showcase some of the exciting projects researchers and students have been working on over the past year. The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre interns will also show posters of their work throughout the duration of the Symposium.

Workshop: 3D image visualisation and Model Generation with Simpleware


Pawsey Centre

Burvill Court

Kensington WA 6151

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:00am

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and Simpleware are co-hosting a workshop on 3D image visualisation and Model Generation on March 24 2015 from 10.00am-3.00pm. The workshop will be held at the Pawsey Centre at 11 Burvill Court, Kensington. The event is free and catering is provided, but RSVP is essential (see below for registration form).


Simpleware provides software and services for converting 3D image data (CT, micro-CT, FIB-SEM) into models suitable for CAD, CAE and 3D Printing. The software is widely used across R&D groups in fields such as Aerospace, Automotive, Oil & Gas and the Life Sciences.

The increased accessibility of 3D imaging and advances in computational power, as well as developments in simulation technology have opened up a wide range of application areas for 3D image-based modelling, whether for visualisation, measurement, additive manufacturing or computational physics-based simulation. In this meeting we will discuss the use of Simpleware for generating high fidelity models from 3D image data, advantages over competitive software, the latest features, and some real-world examples. There will also be the opportunity for some hands-on tutorial using example data, as well as the opportunity to explore some of your own data in new ways.

Speaker Biography

Mr Simon Richards has been working as an Application Engineer at Simpleware since May 2011, and is responsible for technical support and service contracts. Mr Richards received an MPhys from the University of Exeter specializing in Electromagnetism. Prior to joining Simpleware he worked as a research Engineer for Arkiris focusing on the design and modelling of metamaterials. Mr Richards is currently based on the West Coast of the US in a technical sales capacity.


  • 10.00-10.45am: Overview presentation
  • 10.45-11.15am: Demo of software
  • 11.15-11.30am: Coffee break
  • 11.30-3pm: Hands-on/own data

Virtual Reality: A new facility at UWA


iVEC@UWA, Ground floor, Physics building

Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 2:00pm
New visualisation infrastructure has recently been purchased and installed at iVEC@UWA and the ARRC, funded by an EIF grant to the National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL), in support of visualisation in Geophysics (CI Prof Lumley). In addition to science data visualisation, the facility has capabilities that enhance the exploration of virtual environments through what is traditionally referred to as virtual reality. The capabilities include high resolution stereoscopic 3D imaging in conjunction with 3D head and IO device tracking.
You are invited to an informal presentation of the technology, its capabilities and the opportunities available in this facility. Due to limited space, 2 one-hour sessions will be run, each commencing with a short introduction followed by examples and discussion. Examples will include current projects in archaeology, namely virtual environments based upon indigenous rock shelters and a virtual model of Beacon Island.
Places are limited so please RSVP by email to Charise Baker ( indicating which session you would like to attend.


OzViz 2014 poster presented at OzViz 2014, December 2014 at QUT, Brisbane.

Autostereoscopic lenticular prints for data visualisation

Being There: A demonstration of two immersive display technologies


VisLab (G05), iVEC@UWA, Ground floor Physics building.

Date and Time: 
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 2:00pm
You are invited to iVEC@UWA to discuss and experience two immersive display devices, namely the Occulus Rift and the iDome. While both devices have their respective limitations, they offer a glimpse of future commodity displays that may offer benefits to data visualisation, teaching and research projects where a sense of presence and increased engagement may be beneficial.
The sense of immersion and presence, or “being there”, is enhanced and perhaps even requires that the entire human visual field of view be filled with the virtual digital world. In the applications to film this is often referred to as “removing the frame”, in reference to the frame we see around content in our day-today experience of digital media. While immersion has been exploited and studied for many years in virtual reality applications such as training simulators, the price point for devices such as a CAVE or high resolution HMDs (Head mounted displays) has been generally prohibitive. Additionally there were a lack of common standards and software support resulting in bespoke installations. The Oculus Rift is a possible step towards commodity based stereo3D capable HMDs. The iDome is an example of a screen based immersive environment with installations at UWA, ECU and Curtin University.
Format: Introduction by Paul Bourke on the hour at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. 
This will be followed by live examples and informal discussion.
Demonstrations by Yathu Sivarajah, Paul Bourke [Others to be confirmed]
Numbers are limited so please RSVP by email to including your preferred session time.