Bristol, UK (Wednesday 18 November) Bristol Is Open today announced Rolls-Royce, the power systems company, as a Project Partner in the UK’s first interactive Data Dome.

Rolls-Royce will investigate the use of the fully immersive hemispherical display system in the 100-seat facility, for high-end visualisation of its products and associated big data. The first visualisation is of the Trent XWB, the world’s most efficient aero engine.

Housed inside At-Bristol Science Centre’s Planetarium, the Bristol Data Dome is the only projection environment in the world connected to a city-scale high performance network and a high performance computer and is one of the highest definition digital projection environments in the UK today.

The network and computing environment that connects the Data Dome to the rest of the city is managed by Bristol Is Open, and hosted in the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Engineering.

A preview of the variety of content capable of being displayed will be shown at this evening’s launch event, including global environmental data, a prototype of open city-data visualised onto a 3D map of the City, olls-Royce Trent engine, a trip to Mars, and the Dome’s own interactive artificial intelligence voice controller.

The project was initiated by Bristol City Council’s City Innovation team, and funded by the Department for Culture Media and Sport. The Bristol Data Dome has come about through numerous collaborations and partnerships across the city, and is the culmination of a year of planning. A wide variety of businesses are being encouraged to make use of the Data Dome, which is available most evenings, and bookable online.

Paul Stein, Chief Scientific Officer, Rolls-Royce, said:

“Visualising and creating value from a wealth of data is really important to us, and this partnership provides us with a great opportunity to tap into the Bristol and Bath area’s rapidly growing innovative digital media capabilities. It’s also a great opportunity to engage and inspire young people with immersive sound and vision experiences of our products and show them how exciting engineering can be.”

Paul Wilson, Managing Director of Bristol Is Open, said:

“Our world is overwhelmed by data, making a lot of it inaccessible and unintelligible. Visualising data in a shared environment like the Bristol Data Dome enables people to identify new patterns, and jointly examine new ways of seeing the world, the city, and products and services.

“Rolls-Royce has understood this, and been quick to spot the opportunity the Data Dome provides. We’re very pleased to announce this partnership with them, and to exploring similar partnerships with others.”

Phil Winfield, Chief Executive of At-Bristol Science Centre added:

“We are proud to host Rolls-Royce, a company known worldwide, in our 3D Data Dome and are thrilled to be contributing towards the work of one of Bristol’s best-known manufacturers.

“We are also very grateful for their advice and support during the build up to tonight’s VIP launch of the Data Dome and look forward to working together in the future.”

The Data Dome offers a unique setting for companies, research groups and many other organisations to visualise their products and research in a 3D, ultra-high definition environment, provide new approaches to product development and further research and design across a range of fields.

Media Contacts:

Nick Britton
Marketing & Communications Director – Defence
Rolls-Royce plc
Tel:  +44 (0) 117 979 5943

Jen Forster
PR Manager
Tel: + 44 (0)117 9157 152

Izzy Kongsgaard
Digital Public Relations Officer – Bristol Is Open
Tel: +44 (0) 117 357 4794

John Smith
Public Relations Officer – Bristol City Council
Tel: +44 (0) 117 352 1258

Joanne Fryer
Press Officer
University of Bristol
Tel: + 44 (0) 117 331 7276