Introduction to X3D Graphics

This course provides an introduction to the principles and practice of building Web-based visualization models using the Extensible 3D (X3D) Graphics Standard.

This course provides an introduction to the principles and practice of building Web-based visualization models using the Extensible 3D (X3D) Graphics Standard. Focus of the course is design projects.

This course has no programming or course prerequisites. Students from many departments across NPS have successfully learned 3D graphics using X3D. Each week you will review and prepare models illustrating some new graphics techniques.

At the end of the course you will create a modeling project that can be published on the Web. If you continue with the follow-on course MV4205 Advanced X3D, you can create a project to support a full thesis chapter demonstrating how to visualize your subject of interest.

Both NPS and external students are welcome to sign up for this course.

Formal enrollment at NPS is restricted to active-duty military officers and government civilians from the U.S. and allied nations. Cost for distance-learning students registering for credit at NPS is $2500 per course.
There is no charge for distance-learning students who are simply monitoring the course.

If you sign up for the course, you will get a series of invitation messages. Sakai course website at Course mailing list at Additional course resources are available at

Class Schedule
Each quarter lasts for 11 weeks. Stating Wednesday 30 March 2011 and will finish Friday 10 June 2011.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 1400-1500 pacific
Thursday 1400-1600 pacific
Friday 1400-1600 pacific (optional review questions and laboratory practice)
An audio teleconference line will be provided, video teleconferencing to other locations if requested may be offered. Meanwhile all lessons are already available via online video.

Class Routine
Please refer to the syllabus for the chapter schedule. We will typically cover one chapter per week from the textbook. Each class will review key concepts using the course slides and then examine course examples using X3D-Edit. You are expected to:

  • Have course slides ready for review and discussion
  • Have X3D-Edit, browser plugins and example scenes installed
  • Be familiar with the material and ready to ask questions

If you miss a class, videos are provided online that cover all material.

Project Submission
Weekly project submission is via version control to a course server. This provides a convenient record of changes and allows all students to view (but not modify) each others work. As with all endeavors, give credit to others if you work together. Further instructions on using Subversion in our X3D-Edit authoring tool will be provided and discussed in class

The combined X3D for Web Authors text, slidesets, examples and X3D-Edit authoring tool won the Computer Graphics Educators Material Source (CGEMS) jury award for Best Materials 2008. CGEMS is supported as a joint project of the Eurographics and ACM SIGGRAPH education committees.

For aditional details please contact Dr. Don Brutzman from NPS.

Thank you for your interest in X3D Graphics!

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Release Date: 
Wed, 2011-03-30