Self Service

Comprising major visualisation capabilities, grown from the ground-up by the team at MIVP, Self-service allows users to upload and visualise data on the web, in the CAVE2,  and to run two variants of Windows in the CAVE2. By the end of the year, we will also be offering visualisation in VR headsets at the CAVE2 and at a new lab at Caulfield, and in early 2020 we will be releasing self-service capability for AR-based visualisation.

The new MIVP Self-service capability provides improved accessibility to Monash's high-end display screens, and advanced, immersive visualisation. With lightweight registration, booking and training requirements, Self-service is a way to access the MIVP capabilities simply and easily.

Self-service is free of charge to Monash academic staff and higher-degree research students. Download terms and conditions at the bottom of this page.




In the area of data visualisation, and access to the CAVE2 (and later in the year, Virtual Reality (VR) headsets) supporting immersive data exploration, we present previs. With the previs service, you can use our web-based tool for preparing meshes, volumes, images and point clouds for visualisation on the desktop and in the Monash CAVE2. Data can be uploaded, organised and visualisation parameters applied and saved. Saved configurations can then be accessed in the previs ecosystem using a 6-character tag or QR code. A simple web-based registration & booking system allows you to reserve a time to visit CAVE2, get some basic training, and step into your data.

Here's how the previs website looks when listing datasets uploaded and, in this case, categorised as "examples". A click on a dataset is all that's needed to launch an interactive visualisation in the web browser.



Windows in the CAVE

Two different ways of using the Microsoft Windows desktop and applications in the Monash CAVE2 are being offered as part of MIVP Self-service. With Big windows Windows 10 can be used across one-half of the CAVE2, i.e. 10 columns. At full resolution this provides a canvas of 42 million pixels. A good many applications can take advantage of this scale display, and it is noteworthy that the Big windows computer has a large amount of memory, and graphics memory, to support big analysis and/or visualisation tasks.

Big Windows


If instead, you want to use the CAVE2 in its entirety, a second option is provided called Simple windows, which offers lower resolution, but can make use of the entire CAVE2 display. Simple windows is ideal for presentations, interviews, media engagements and filming.

Simple Windows

Getting Started

1. Familiarise yourself with the Self-service Terms and Conditions.

2. Download the Self-service documentation.

3. If you want to use previs, visit the web-based previs service.

4. Register and book your first session below. Training will be included.