The ECOS Project
The ECOS Project has been developed for presentation on a large screen multi-touch interface installed in the new Science and Engineering Centre (SEC) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The SEC features alternative energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines and an on-site gas generator, and contains a complex sensor network to track energy consumption and human use of technology.
In collaboration with the SEC building managers, The ECOS Project uses the energy consumption and generation data of the actual buildings in which it is presented. This data has been incorporated into an interactive simulation, which is both engaging to users and highly informative.
The ECOS Project focuses on the principle that humans can have both a positive and negative impact on ecosystems with both local and global consequence. Its objectives are aligned with many of the core elements of effective eco-visualisations, its primary goals being encouraging playful engagement and exploration with energy and stimulating critical reflection.