THE STORY SPACE
The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia conducts independent research and develops insights in collaboration with leading international research centers, public policy organizations, and industrial and government institutions. The center is focused on finding solutions for the most effective and productive use of energy to enable economic and social progress in the region and across the globe.
THE STORY NARRATIVE
A dramatic and engaging visitor centre at the heart of this Zaha Hadid designed iconic building utilises audiovisual technology to explain some of the issues surrounding sustainable energy management with the intention of promoting the understanding of energy challenges and opportunities - both domestically and globally - through high calibre research in energy economics, policy, technology, and the environment.
THE STORY ENGINEERING
In the atrium a video wall comprising of 5 monitors wide by 16 monitors high represent KAPSARC’s values by displaying a series of large scale creative artworks. Also in the Atrium, the Information Wall is a 6 x 4 dynamic display, aggregating content from news, social media and live video, into a constantly evolving, multi-language information point for guests. Content can be monitored, managed and updated by staff using a bespoke iPad application and CMS.
The Exhibition Hall itself presents 8 engaging and interactive exhibits throughout the space. As the visitor enters the Exhibition Hall from the Atrium, Panorama is located on the left hand wall and delivers looping video content via a projection. In the centre of the exhibition sits Question Hub, a computer interactive zone with six 55” touch screen monitors. KAPSARC Building is an interactive model composed of projection and nine 55” ground surface screens embedded within the table setworks. Energy Markets and Power Generation consist of interactive consoles with projection. Fuel & Feedstocks is an interactive projection display deriving of four projectors mounted within the exhibit structure above the model, with visuals mapped onto the surface below. Computer interactives are located in external “pods” for Carbon Management and eight 55” multi touch screens in sets of 2 x 2 form an interactive video wall that reveals further insight into Energy Efficiency.
Responsible for the technology solution, Sysco collaborated directly with the creative teams to design and implement a bespoke hardware solution and develop a high precision, low-level multi-screens synchronisation and rendernode management framework that allowed them to keep in sync the 20 computers, a 160 mega pixels video at 60 frames per second (80 times HD resolution), ten hours a day, everyday, with almost no human intervention.