Offshore oil exploitation, given its importance, is the target of intense research throughout the world. Much of this research generates large amounts of raw data of difficult interpretation. This paper presents RiserView, a free, open-source and multiplatform post-processing tool that merges virtual reality and scientific visualization techniques to allow a three-dimensional interactive visualization of these data for the specific domain of riser dynamics. This tool, its use, the results of performance tests and how the tool may aid in the analysis of riser dynamics, in view of the visualization tools in commercial riser analysis software, are discussed.

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