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PSII Showcases New IBM Smarter Infrastructure Lab at CMU

Article Posted On 9/21/2011

On September 14, the Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator (PSII) showcased its new IBM Smart Infrastructure Lab at the quarterly PSII/IBM Local Interest Group meeting. James Garrett, Thomas Lord professor and department head of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), and CEE postdoctoral student Xuesong "Pine" Liu led IBM and faculty collaborators through the renovated space in Porter Hall.

The new IBM lab includes a video conferencing meeting room and a highly sensed HVAC system that allows the lab's environment to serve as a research test bed able to be monitored and controlled from computers in the lab. The space also includes a computer cluster connected to a set of computer and data storage servers from IBM from which real-time data collected from sensors located throughout campus can be stored and analyzed. To collect this data, PSII industry partner OSIsoft's software is being used. The tour ended with a demonstration of the capability of the lab's third space: the 3D Visualization CAVE, an immersive 3D visualization environment. The CAVE allows researchers to navigate the collected data visualized in 3-D and overlaid on building information models.

"This new IBM Smarter Infrastructure Lab at Carnegie Mellon will provide a much needed facility and resources to the researchers in the Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure (CenSCIR), the Facility/Infrastructure Data Analytics Lab, and the Facility/Infrastructure Modeling and Visualization Lab," states Jim Garrett. "We thank IBM and the State of Pennsylvania for their support that made this lab possible."

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