EnergyViz: an interactive system for visualization of energy systems


The Visual Computer International Journal of Computer Graphics, 32: 403-13, 2015
By Alemasoom H, Samavati F, Brosz J, Layzell DB

Energy systems are under pressure to transform to address concerns about climate change. The modeling and visualization of energy systems can play an important role in communicating the costs, benefits and trade-offs of energy systems choices. We introduce EnergyViz, a visualization system that provides an interface for exploring time-varying, multi-attribute and spatial properties of a particular energy system. EnergyViz integrates several visualization tech- niques to facilitate exploration of a particular energy system. These techniques include flow diagram representation to show energy flow, 3D interaction with flow diagrams for expanding viewable data attributes such as emissions and an interactive map integrated with flow diagrams for simul- taneous exploration of spatial and abstract information. We also perform level-of-detail exploration on flow diagrams and use smooth animation across the visualizations to represent time-varying data. Finally, we include evaluation results of EnergyViz collected from expert and inexperienced partici- pants.

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