Rolls-Royce to partner on launch of Bristol Data Dome

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Bristol Is Open today announced Rolls-Royce, the power systems company, as a Project Partner in the UK’s first interactive Data Dome.

Housed inside At-Bristol Science Centre’s Planetarium, the Bristol Data Dome is the only projection environment in the world connected to a city-scale high performance network and a high performance computer.

It is also one of the highest definition digital projection environments in the UK today.

The network and computing environment that connects the Data Dome to the rest of the city is managed by Bristol Is Open, and hosted in the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Engineering.

A preview of the variety of content capable of being displayed will be shown at this evening’s launch event, including global environmental data, a prototype of open city-data visualised onto a 3D map of the City, a 3D Rolls-Royce Trent engine, a trip to Mars, and the Dome’s own interactive artificial intelligence voice controller.

The project was initiated by Bristol City Council’s City Innovation team, and funded by the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Paul Stein, Chief Scientific Officer, Rolls-Royce, comments: “Visualising and creating value from a wealth of data is really important to us, and this partnership provides us with a great opportunity to tap into the Bristol and Bath area’s rapidly growing innovative digital media capabilities.

“It’s also a great opportunity to engage and inspire young people with immersive sound and vision experiences of our products and show them how exciting engineering can be.”

Paul Wilson, Managing Director of Bristol Is Open, comments: “Our world is overwhelmed by data, making a lot of it inaccessible and unintelligible.

“Visualising data in a shared environment like the Bristol Data Dome enables people to identify new patterns, and jointly examine new ways of seeing the world, the city, and products and services.

“Rolls-Royce has understood this, and been quick to spot the opportunity the Data Dome provides. We’re very pleased to announce this partnership with them, and to exploring similar partnerships with others.”

The Data Dome offers a unique setting for companies, research groups and many other organisations to visualise their products and research in a 3D, ultra-high definition environment, provide new approaches to product development and further research and design across a range of fields.