IE502214 - Introduction to applied Simulation and Visualisation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 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.

Within simulation, topics will be covered such as:
• 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)
• What is a model?
• How to achieve dynamic behavior in a simulator.

Within visualization, the course will typically cover:
• Different methods/technologies for visualization, such as projectors, screens (LCDs) and VR glasses/helmets.
• How do we achieve immersiveness?
• Pros and cons of 3D (stereo) used in visualization for simulators
• How to make a real-time rendered image with multiple projectors (warping and edge blending)
• What are the differences between 3D drawings/models made for industrial manufacturing and 3D models made for animation and real-time rendering?

There will also be a visit to local companies dealing with simulation and visualization.

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

Learning outcome


• Have knowledge of how advanced simulators are used daily in companies.
• Have knowledge about how advanced simulators are developed, and the challenges involved in simulator design.
• Have knowledge about the design of distributed simulation systems.
• Know how the simulator can be used in advanced engineering tasks.


• Be able to implement a basic distributed simulation system.
• Be able to use an advanced industrial simulator.

General Competence:

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

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, demos, study of examples.

Mandatory assignments:

1-3 project assignments

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatorisk arbeidskrav

Further on evaluation

Oral examination. 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:
Master in engineering in Simulation and Visualization (880MVS)

More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2018

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of ICT and Natural Sciences


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 E 2018-12-05
Room Building Number of candidates
A433 Hovedbygget 0
Spring UTS Oral examination 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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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