The Houston Museum of Natural Science

Weiss Energy Hall

Houston Museum of Natural Science Geovator Bag End TA6002

Three Bag End TA6002-I speakers were installed in the time travel experience called, The Geovator. The world’s most advanced geological exploration vessel.

R.K. Roden, Inc., a systems integration company, provided the engineering, design, and implementation for The Geovator ride. In addition, they handled project management, programming of audio and video, show control, and lighting control.

Rick Roden, is one of the few serious and renowned Technology Systems Design Integrators working today. Rick’s projects, for example, have included major assignments with Warner Bros., Walt Disney, Universal Studios, Lotte World and Legoland.

The Geovator takes visitors on a re-imagined fantastic voyage. The visitor plunges down through the Museum floors into the earth. They go back in time to the Cretaceous Period. Subsequently, they are attacked by hungry pteranodons, followed by a meteor strike.

The 8,500 square foot Wiess Energy Hall was enlarged to an expansive 30,000 square feet—almost the size of a football field. The new hall is dedicated to the science and technology of energy. In addition, it is the most contemporary, comprehensive and technologically advanced exhibition anywhere in the world.

When entering the new Wiess Energy Hall, visitors step off of the elevator onto the dynamic floor of a 21st century offshore drilling rig. The rig is populated by a motley crew of sci-fi robots. Near the center of the cavernous new hall, a replica of a tricone rotary drill bit—fourteen feet in diameter—spins vigorously overhead.