Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Shaping Watersheds: The Augmented Reality Sandbox

Wednesday November 15, 2017  12:00pm-3:00pm

The Old Church (corner of First Avenue and King Street) - Smithers, BC

About this event
In honour of GIS Day (November 15, 2017), the BVRC is proud to present an interactive, augmented reality exhibit designed to improve public understanding and stewardship of freshwater lake ecosystems using 3D visualizations. As individuals move the sand, a projected elevation model with contour lines and a colour map changes with it, simulating real time land use situations. The Sandbox creates a highly tactile and stimulating learning experience for students, educators, scientists, and the general public.

This exhibit was created by a team of scientists at UC Davis W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences (KeckCAVES) as part of a grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF Award No. DRL 1114663).

About Johanna Pfalz
Johanna Pfalz has extensive experience providing GIS services to the natural resource sector within northwest BC. Prior to working as a consultant for the past nine years, Johanna spent 10 years working with the provincial government in GIS. Her recent work has focused extensively on land-use plan monitoring related to the Skeena watershed. She is part of the technical team for the Skeena Knowledge Trust.

The Sandbox exhibit was built by Eclipse Geomatics, who partnered with the BVRC in order to expand educational opportunities. The Sandbox is now available for use or rental to interested organizations and educators.