SimCenter Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about the World Resource Sim Center. If your question has not been fully addressed by the answer provided, feel free to click 'read more' and send us a follow up question in the form provided.


General Questions about the SimCenter

  • The SimCenter is an immersive visualization facility that helps to accelerate understanding by your group.
  • From a design concept by visionary engineer Buckminster Fuller, our goal is to visualize sustainable futures.
  • Immersive visualization surrounds you in the issues, trends and future projections for your firm or organization
  • The SimCenter is designed to facilitate collaboration among your stakeholders (e.g. staff, suppliers and clients), working in teams to visualize concepts, problems and opportunities, and then reporting to the group.  With teams working In this manner, everyone learns faster together.

We have many programs for participation:

  • Green Scene brings together the leading sustainability organizations,
  • GeoDesign is for GIS map and data developers, geospatial analysts, and geo-enabled R & D
  • Plan San Diego delves into the critical issues of the region, and asks “How Sustainable are we?”
  • Movies That Make a Difference inform us about sustainable solutions.

We opened the SimCenter in our current location in July 2011.  The SimCenter went through several phases, with a Prototype event in 2008 and a Demonstration month in September 2009 at the New School of Architecture and Design. ... Read more about How long have you been in business?

Sustainability has been defined as meeting the needs of today’s society and doing so for generations to come. Scientists say that we have already reached threshold levels on several resources, which could cause those ecological systems to collapse. ... Read more about Why is sustainability so important?

Most visualizations are designed to better understand past trends and future projections over many years, even decades.  We explore an issue using multiple applications: videos, GIS maps, trend projections, comparative graphics, and occasionally spreadsheets. ... Read more about Do you do simulations?

Our mission is to visualize sustainable solutions to global and local problems so that we make informed choices quicker. ... Read more about What is the goal? / point?

  • The World Resources Simulation Center launched in 2011 in San Diego is a unique facility design. 
  • Licensing opportunities exist for organizations, institutions, foundations, and universities to create their own facilities, develop programs and relationships with global and local decision-makers.

Contact us first to arrange a tour and demonstration.  Attend several SimCenter events.  The SimCenter facility concept has utility in cities that are dealing the with challenging issues of growth and sustainability. ... Read more about How do I license this technology?

  • The SimCenter is a project of the Global Energy Network Institute (GENI) a non-profit research institute founded and based in San Diego in 1987.  
  • San Diego is blessed with top universities, on the doorstep of the Pacific Rim, and offers an exceptional quality of life.

We wanted to be in the heart of the decision-making community, as well as be convenient to all transportation options like trolley, train and bus. ... Read more about Why did you locate this facility in San Diego? Downtown?

We have a number of institutional and individual partners. ... Read more about Who are your partners?

The SimCenter is a project of GENI, a non-profit 501c3 organization.  We:

  • seek and receive sponsor support from institutions and individuals,
  • offer memberships and partnerships,
  • rent the SimCenter for others to use,
  • sell information and products.
  • The Global Energy Network Institute (GENI) focuses on the interconnection of electric power networks between communities, nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources. 
  • This strategy is the highest priority of the World Game™ simulation developed by Buckminster Fuller. 
  • Linking renewable energy between all nations mollifies conflicts, grows economies, reduces pollution and increases the quality of life and health for all.

Buckminster Fuller was called the “Leonardo di Vinci of the 20th Century”, a visionary engineer who developed new tools based on natures design.  His World Game simulation provides the foundation for both GENI and the SimCenter, as the goal is to provide a decent quality of life for everyone in an environmentally sustainable manner.  See: ... Read more about Who is Buckminster Fuller?

  • Interns (Students) and Volunteers come to GENI and the SimCenter for many reasons: add to their skills, learn about the cleantech/green economy, learn a new language, and contribute to making the world a better place. 
  • They conduct research into the renewable energy potential of nations and communities, high-voltage transmission, global and local issues, and may learn GIS mapping, provide audio/video editing, website development and international marketing – high value skills in the new economy. 
  • They are a key strategy for accelerating the actualization of GENI’s miss

We do have sponsorship and partner opportunities for companies and membership for individuals and institutions. ... Read more about How do I become a sponsor of this work? An Affiliate? A Partner? A Member?

The SimCenter is available for rent by outside groups when there are no date or time conflicts.  We will discuss your event in detail to determine if we can meet your needs. ... Read more about Can anyone use the space?

Events / Registration

Information about holding Events at the SimCenter.

  • We have held strategic planning workshops, training sessions, movie screenings, public forums and receptions. 
  • We are open to new and innovative uses of this space

Examples include: strategic planning workshops, social media and website design training, certification courses for sustainability reporting and coaching, documentary films with local subject matter experts, receptions for trade associations and product launches. ... Read more about Who uses or who has used the space?

  • We have hourly/daily corporate rates.  Government and non-profit group rates may be discounted.
  • If you have a registration fee, split fees may be arranged for some events. Ask for the Rates that apply to your Event here 

For stand up receptions 100.  For sit-down presentations 70.  For workshops/trainings 50. ... Read more about What is your capacity for the space?

Beyond the visualization space we have a separate “traditional” conference room with one projector that seats 6-8 people. ... Read more about Are there more rooms?

  • Yes.  One image/video can be used to fill any number of the 12 screens, in the order you choose
  • Our video switch enables many more customized options. You can use it to control the visuals in multiple ways: alternating images, corner-of-room logos and surround presentation, or project onto the large 14 ft. central wide screen and use the 10 other side screens - as you wish.
  • Yes, the standard set-up is 6 collaborative work tables with 2-8 WiFi connectors on each.  Many layouts are possible.
  • If the standard layout is rearranged, a reset fee may apply.

Yes. There's your choice of music in surround sound and wireless microphone system for workshops and presentations. ... Read more about Do you have a sound system?

Yes.  The SimCenter can webcast your event live via UStream.  Additional technical staff are required. ... Read more about Can I “live stream” a television broadcast?

  • Yes, we can capture video via
    • Simple flip cameras (Standard 4:3 frame, Format: MP4, Quality: 640x480 pixels) or
    • Camcorder:HDV 1080/60i 16:9 frame, 1080x720 pixels. 
  • Additional technical staff would be required.

The SimCenter enables your team to visualize the trends and projections of your market and industry.  The surround environment enables accelerated collective understanding – you all learn faster together.  By literally seeing the relationships between issues, you can make more informed decisions quicker. ... Read more about How will the SimCenter help me and my business?

Put your team in a creative, surround environment – enable them to add content and options -- and we have seen synergy occur (the whole is greater than the sum of its parts).  The SimCenter facilitates this process by its very design. ... Read more about What qualifies you to do this better than anyone else? Why are you better?

  • There are few simple issues today, and many have interconnected and related parts.  The SimCenter allows you to see these connections all at the same time, and enables your team to add any missing content in real time. 
  • Single screen PowerPoint presentations are linear, where the SimCenter enables parallel and lateral thinking at its best.
  • There are several dozen parking lots within walking distance in downtown San Diego that range from $5 - $30 a day.  
  • There are dozens of simple lunchtime venues and many quality restaurants within a few blocks of the SimCemter.

You could rent all the computers, network, video projection, sound system and install and integrate them into a hotel ballroom – but the cost of equipment leasing and staff set-up time would far exceed our existing set-up and day rates.
If you must have the SimCenter experience in your ballroom event, then fill in your Event Request and check the “off-site event” option. ... Read more about How are you better than a hotel ballroom?