College of Architecture and Planning

What We Do

The Digital Simulation Lab opened in 2005 following two years of work to redesign, retrofit, and equip a space that had housed a darkroom facility for the College of Architecture and Planning. Professors began incorporating the new lab into instruction in the fall of 2005.

The SimLab was launched to facilitate immersive partnerships involving students and professional design and planning firms. It gives students and faculty those connections along with high-end hardware and software tools so they may work collaboratively with firms to visualize, simulate, and produce real-time solutions.

The space is divided into two main sections:

  • The front of the lab includes dual-Xeon and dual-G5 workstations in a simulated office environment. A meeting area supports Web-based videoconferencing through its 50-inch plasma monitor. Running on the workstations are such high-end applications as Maya, Rhinoceros, and Visual Nature Studio.
  • The back room is a presentation space featuring a nearly 14-foot diagonal rear-projection screen that students and faculty use for larger presentations as well as stereoscopic 3-D viewing.
College of Architecture and Planning
Architecture Building (AB), Room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5859
Fax: 765-285-3726
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