IE502214 - Introduction to applied Simulation and Visualisation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 3 hours E

Course content

This course will give a broad introduction to the topics of simulation and visualization.

In addition, the course provides an introduction to distributed programming and distributed simulation systems, as well as a brief introduction in creating 3D models.

Within simulation, the following topics will be covered (but is not limited to):

  • What is simulation?
  • What types of simulators exist, and what are their purposes?
  • What is a good software architecture for simulation systems?
  • How to build a distributed simulation system with the use of established international standards like HLA (High Level Architecture)
  • Standards for Co-simulation and Model exchange
  • How to achieve dynamic behavior in a simulator.
  • Agent based modeling (ABM) and Multi Agent Systems (MAS)

Within visualization, the course will cover (but is not limited to):

  • Different methods/technologies for visualization, such as projectors, screens (LCDs), VR/AR/XR.
  • How do we achieve immersiveness?
  • How to setup large scale visualisation solutions with multiple projectors (warp and edge blending)
  • What are the differences between 3D drawings/models made for industrial manufacturing (CAD, CAM, CAE) and 3D models made for animation and real-time rendering?
  • Introduction to 3D modeling in Blender

There will also be a visit to local companies working within the field of simulation and visualization.

The content of the course might vary somewhat from year to year.

Learning outcome


  • Have basic understanding of how advanced simulators are being used for different purposes
  • Have basic understanding of how advanced simulators are developed, and the challenges involved in simulator design.
  • Have basic understanding of the design of distributed simulation systems, and existing standards
  • Know how simulators can be used in advanced engineering tasks.
  • Have a basic understanding of visualization, and different methods and technologies available
  • Have a basic understanding of 3D modeling, and challenges involved in the reuse of models between systems and applications


  • Be able to implement a basic distributed simulation system.
  • Be able to use an advanced industrial simulator.
  • Be able to set up a large scale visualization solution
  • Be able to create and modify 3D models

General Competence:

  • To be able to provide good advice and counseling in terms of developing or purchasing advanced simulators and/or visualization solutions.
  • Have general knowledge about advanced simulators, their capabilities and limitations.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, demos, study of examples. Visits to companies in the region.

Mandatory assignments, of which all must be approved to be able to enter the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignments

Further on evaluation

Written exam.

At Resit examination the following semester, the same mandatory assignments can be used.

By the next ordinary examination, new project assignments must be handed in.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Simulation and Visualization (880MVS)

Course materials

Slides, handouts, scientific papers and online tutorials.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering Subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of ICT and Natural Sciences


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-12-05 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
G331 Gnisten/Fagskolen 7
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 E 2024-06-05 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
G325 Gnisten/Fagskolen 1
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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