Can you survive in the wild?

Field and Stream has this rather whimsical little quiz about survival in the wild. You are the world’s unluckiest hunter, lost and alone in the woods with little supplies or equipment. Can you survive? There are some tough wilderness questions in there, so give it your best…

Unfortunately, I was confronted with my two worst things – orienteering, which I can’t do, and snakes, which I can’t stand. Apparently I am pretty good at building fires though! I got an 8 out of 18, so the wild isn’t my best local for survival. That’s why I carry the moniker “Virtual Explorer”. Give me a mouse and keyboard and I’m good to go!

FakeSpace, VRCO and GIS

CAVE-stCAVE-OvToday on Directions on the News there was an item about how VRCO has released their next version of Conduit for Google Earth. The Conduit software is a translator that allows COTS software (OpenGL based) to pushed through a graphics cluster to be projected onto multiple screens. WVU tasked FakeSpace/VRCO to implement Conduit for ArcScene and ArcGlobe (and hopefully AGX soon) a year ago as part of our CAVE hardware installation for our GeoVirtual Laboratory. Click on the picture to get a larger version of the image to get an idea of how GIS information (in this case a historic reconstruction of Morgantown, WV in 1900 created by Sue and our undergrads) can be viewed on multiple 8×10 ft screens running active stereo to give you a 3D experience. It is great to be able to zoom from a landscape overview (shown), down to street level where you are immersed in a nearly 1:1 representation of the area. We are still working on a VSTV episode that will highlight the technologies used to build and display the project from creating the buildings in SketchUp Pro to showing the final ArcScene project in the immersive environment.