Visualization with Atelier3D
During the development of the numerous components for the BigBrain 3D reconstruction, the project collaborators located on different continents had to be able to frequently visualize different intermediate versions of the full size 3D brain model.
Atelier3D, a software suite developed at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), has been used for visualization of this large dataset. This software developed by the Visualization Information Technology group at NRC has been used for visualization and analysis of large-scale 3D data in a wide variety of ultra-high resolution applications including cultural and heritage conservation, medical sciences and geomapping projects (see publications below). Louis Borgeat and his research team specializing in visualization of very large 3D models, has been customizing Atelier3D to perform full 3D reconstruction of histological brain datasets.
The option of transferring large quantities of information transatlantically each time a new version of the model is created is both unpractical and costly. In Atelier3D, spatial data which has already been processed is streamed on-demand from a remote server at sufficient resolution to render images in precise detail on the client side, making scale issues transparent to the remote users.
The BigBrain dataset can be accessed here.