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Best Shot: The 3D Motion Capture Space at UNLV is a Hole in One

AV Network published an article by Mary Bakija in January 2019 about the technology used in the 3D motion capture space for the PGA Golf Management program at UNLV.

OIT News  |  Mar 1, 2019  |  By Nicole Johnson

Hospitality Hall at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is an impressive addition to the school’s Harrah College of Hospitality. This Silver LEED-certified, 93,500-square-foot space was designed to prepare students for top-tier hospitality professions like those found along the Las Vegas Strip, which is located mere blocks away. Students gain hands-on, real-world experience in several areas within Hospitality Hall; one space that’s gotten a lot of attention from both prospective students and similar programs around the country is the 3D motion capture area for the PGA Golf Management program.

The PGA Golf Management program trains students “to become leaders in the golf industry through classroom instruction, practical internship experience, community service, and other outstanding career development opportunities,” according to the program’s website. To better meet those goals, UNLV decided to add the 3D motion capture space, which is in line with what’s used by facilities that professional golfers visit, as part of the new construction.

“We’re on par with the PGA themselves, with the technology they’re using,” said Frank Alaimo, AV systems specialist, Classroom Technology Services, UNLV. “Students will see these out in the real world.”

Alaimo brought in Ford Audio-Video, which was already working ahead of schedule on the installation of Hospitality Hall, to provide integration services for the 3D motion capture space and classroom. The creation of a training area where a golfer’s swing, stance, and more can be measured—all adjacent to a classroom—came with several challenges, not least of which was rigging equipment safely on a truss.

Read the rest of the article by Mary Bakija on the AV Network website.

AV Network, January 2019