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  01 January 2013
Anybody working in/with data visualization / data visualisation

Visualisation spelled both ways to help with future searches

I am looking at secondary CG jobs to keep up my creatives juices while I work a full-time government job. I used to comp and do FX but the work situation was too sketchy/underpaid in Australia. My current job offers a *lot* of flexibility/free time and I was looking at potential areas for off-the-beaten track CG work and data visualisation seems like a cool area to get in to (for private companies and government agencies), combining an interest in programming, proceduralism, communication and art.

Sooo, anyone doing this kind of thing and if so, how are you finding it? Please post here or PM me.
  01 January 2013
BIM is a kind of data visualization. You could check that out.

A building information model is a 3d model with a database underpinning. The 3d part is just to help you work with the database, which is really good for things like estimating, material takeoffs, schedules and construction management. Many BIM/VDC jobs pay quite a bit, and it helps to have a construction related degree though it's not always necessary.

Programming is not usually part of the job description, though if you can program, that capability can help. I made a plugin using the Revit SDK last year that helped me filter selections down by type rather than category. There were alternatives, but none of them were free, so I made my own.
  01 January 2013
Cheers, thanks for that. I will definitely check it out.

Maybe I should provide some examples of what I am thinking about as maybe a lot of people don't know much about it. This website shows some good examples:

Basically cool graphical ways of showing data and their relationships. Almost like motion graphics/illustration had a sexy time with statistics and data and produced a beautiful love child.
  01 January 2013
Interesting area > You should look at using Houdini its ideal to visualize and for the manipulation of data. Somebody a while ago asked about turning MRI image slices into 3d models using Houdini ...

  01 January 2013
Definitely. Houdini's proceduralism lends itself to this kind of thing very nicely, eg
  01 January 2013
Hey man,

Check out the link in my signature to Coursera. There are some fancy free classes about data modelling, visualization, databases, and other maths and programming.

I've been through the Intro to Databases, and its a great way to get your feet wet in some query languages and data normalization.

  01 January 2013
Check this site out:

Also this:

And this:

Good luck with your project!
  01 January 2013
Originally Posted by DoubleSupercool: Definitely. Houdini's proceduralism lends itself to this kind of thing very nicely, eg

One idea I had was to turn trading data into visuals for an Iphone app, so people could have an easy visual representation of shares traded / volumes / performance > As lets face it a lot of the charts and figures to the untrained eye look like nonsense. You can even make Iphone apps using Houdini ! . The advantage is Houdini's strength at crunching data sets > You can have it sitting on a server spitting out data .

  01 January 2013
Data Visualization

I work at Sandia Labs, Albuquerque New Mexico in a Data Visualization research group. It's mostly programming. My experience as a graphics artist is very helpful, but it's mostly programming.

I got tired working on feature films (I did the opening to Men In Black in my home lab) and commercials, so I got involved in Scientific Animations and then Data Visualization.

I have done ground breaking animations of Super Computer simulations, but the Data Visualization is more interesting to me. There is an unlimited amount of data available for download, with an unlimited number of ways to display it.

This is an example of a great Data Visualization. It's a visualization of the wind in the United States. It's written in Javascript. It's mostly programming.
  01 January 2013
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