Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Studio to provide facilities and training

Studio to provide facilities and training

To encourage digital-content development in the country, the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (Nectec) has joined with universities and industry to establish the Digital Content Creation Consortium Centre (D3C) as a facility for industry, universities and research institutes.

Published on November 27, 2007

Virach Sornlertlamvanich, Nectec's programme manager, said the centre is an initiative amongst Nectec, Chiang Mai University, Rungsit University and two private companies with the aim of setting up a digital-content studio to provide facilities and training.

The digital studio will be equipped with a motion-capture studio, a blue-screen studio and a sound studio. The D3C centre will offer resources for digital-content development where training courses, job opportunities and technology facilities are available as a one-stop service.

"Digital content can be applied to many purposes to serve both commercial and research and development activities. Digital content can help us create three-dimensional images or simulate research outcomes to allow researchers to predict outcome as well," said Virach.

Nectec aims to use the centre to develop digital content for simulation to serve scientific research and development. Meanwhile, the university can use the centre to train people to work in the industry and the industry itself can use the facilities to produce commercial products at a lower cost and without a huge investment themselves.

"The move is part of Nectec's strategy to encourage local research and development, but this is specifically for digital content,'' said Virach.

The operation is divided into three phases for three years of operation. The first phase is an investment in a blue-screen studio, while the second phase will be a full-set motion-capture studio for Bt40 million. The last phase is the sound studio.

"It is a three-year project that requires around Bt30 million a year. After three years, this centre is expected to run as a profit centre with full operations, generating its own profits," said Virach.

The centre will be a connection point between local development and global industry through the Nectec network, especially with partners in Japan.

"We have already been to Japan to study the digital-content industry there to get ideas for our own in Thailand. The Japanese digital-content industry is a good model that we can follow. Many universities in Japan will help us in terms of training courses, both the university's courses and short-term training activities," said Virach.

To operate the centre, Virach said committees consisting of representatives from Nectec, the universities and industry are needed to oversee the centre. The centre is expected to be located in Science Park with an area of 500 to 600 square metres.

Now it is in the process of putting the proposal to the board of Nectec for approval, which is expected next year.

"We are still open for other partners who would like to join in this investment. We have only five participants now and we need and would welcome more," said Virach.

Asina Pornwasin

The Nation

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