On behalf of the AmericaOne organization, we would like to make sure that South Bay Simulations receives appropriate recognition for the keel and bulb image on pg. 26 (also below) that was attributed to the AmericaOne Design Team. South Bay Simulations' Splash code generated the image used in the article. Splash is a nonlinear, free-surface flow code that has become one of the mainstays of our hull modeling and evaluation program.
Thanks again for spreading the word about the unique applications for modeling software that the America's Cup generates and thanks for the opportunity to give South Bay Simulations appropriate credit.
I enjoyed the article "Game Wars" in the December 1999 issue (pg. 46). As a digital video artist and producer as well as a console gaming fanatic, it was refreshing to read about aspects of gaming systems oth er than specifications and clock speeds.
Oklahoma City, OK
The September 1999 issue of Computer Graphics World contained two articles-"Fields of Dreams" (pg. 33) and "Getting the Big Picture" (pg. 41)-that discussed large-scale virtual reality systems but failed to mention MechDyne Corp., a major player in the VR arena and the only VR provider to specialize in 'turnkey' large-scale virtual reality solutions.
"Fields of Dreams" featured the evolution of the Arco visualization system but omitted the role of MechDyne in this process. While Arco built the original visualization center, MechDyne's engineers collaborated with Arco to ensure it ran properly. When Arco's needs expanded and the company recognized a need for a system with greater capabilities, they chose to upgrade their system to a MechDyne one. The MechDyne system Arco currently uses is a fully reconfigurable system that allows presentations to large groups in a theater-like device, or folds into a CAVE-like system for geoseismic data research and collaboration in an intimate research environment.
Alison M. Doyle
Corporate and Technical Writer
Your Web galleries have been under construction for a number of months now. When will they be ready for viewing?
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