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Data Visualization Workshop: Introduction to VisIt

Date & Time:
May 4, 2017 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
BI 211 - Biological Sciences Building

WestGrid ( is partnering with the University of Calgary to present a free workshop for researchers on scientific visualization using VisIt, an open source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization tool.

With VisIt, users can interactively visualize and analyze 2- and 3-dimensional data defined on structured, adaptive, and unstructured meshes. VisIt users can also animate these datasets in time, and manipulate them with a variety of operators.


  • No prior visualization experience is required. We will provide sample data and codes for the exercises, or you can bring your own dataset if you would like to visualize it with VisIt.
  • This full-day workshop will feature many interactive hands-on exercises, so attendees will need to bring a laptop (and a power cord) they can use. The laptop should have VisIt installed ( prior to the workshop.

Workshop Outline:

  • Introduction and VisIt's GUI overview
  • accessing data and managing files
  • working with plots
  • working with operators
  • interactive tools
  • quantitative analysis
  • making it pretty
  • animation and keyframing
  • data comparison
  • scripting
  • plots, selections, exporting
  • overview of remote visualization resources

Please note that coffee / cookies will be provided in the morning and afternoon breaks, but there will be no organized food so attendees are responsible for their own lunch.

Who Should Attend:

All disciplines and experience levels are welcome. You do not need to be a current WestGrid account holder to participate in this workshop. Any researcher who is interested in learning more about tools and techniques for visualizing data sets is invited to attend.


If you have questions about this session, please email

Alex Razoumov
Visualization Co-ordinator
WestGrid / Compute Canada

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