The RENCI Engagement Center at ECU operated from 2007-2013. This website is an archive of the research and engagement activity over those years. Several of our projects continue at ECU. For instance, see the NC Coastal Atlas ( for current news and information. This site is no longer being updated. Parties interested in these projects and ongoing related activities may contact Dr. Tom Allen, past Director of RENCI@ECU at



The VisWall is a 21-foot x 6-foot rear-projection S-video display system capable of visualizing 5 million pixels in 3D. The ability to display high-resolution data in an immersive environment, in conjunction with the availability of GIS software, makes the VisWall an ideal tool (1) for generating new insights in cross-disciplinary studies, such as the ongoing research into hazard risk perception and regional vulnerability, and (2) for the development of decision support tools for improved management and planning. The VisWall can also be used in areas as diverse as epidemiology, maritime studies, and game development.

Not only is the VisWall a valuable research tool, it is also a unique teaching adjunct for learners at all levels. Graduate students have exhibited their projects during ECU's Visualization Challenge, while K-12 students from surrounding counties have enjoyed dramatic presentations about weather and geography.

  • 3 Christie Mirage HD Projects at 1400 x 1050 each for a combined resolution of 4200 x 1050
  • HP xw9400 Dual-Core AMD Opteron 2218 with 4GB RAM and 2.5TB storage
  • Samson Servo 200 Watt amplifier and 2 JBL 24C ceiling-mounted speakers
  • Infrared Emitter with Crystal Eyes LCS shutter glasses capable of stereoscopic 3D imaging
  • XBox 360 wireless controller for navigating Microsoft Virtual Earth
  • Gyration wireless keyboard and wireless 3D mouse

The Christie Mirage HD Projectors behind the VisWall.