Research, Education, and Development (RED): Examining Characteristics of Roadway Infastructure in Various 3D Visualization Modes

Project status

Completed

Start date: 05/15/14
End date: 12/31/14

Researcher(s)

Principal investigator:

About the research

Utilizing enhanced visualization in transportation planning and design gained popularity in the last decade. This work aimed at demonstrating the concept of utilizing a highly immersive, virtual reality simulation engine for creating dynamic, interactive, full-scale, three-dimensional (3D) models of highway infrastructure.

For this project, the highway infrastructure element chosen was a two-way, stop-controlled intersection (TWSCI).

VirtuTrace, a virtual reality simulation engine developed by the principal investigator, was used to construct the dynamic 3D model of the TWSCI. The model was implemented in C6, which is Iowa State University’s Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE).

Representatives from the Institute of Transportation at Iowa State University, as well as representatives from the Iowa Department of Transportation, experienced the simulated TWSCI. The two teams identified verbally the significant potential that the approach introduces for the application of next-generation simulated environments to road design and safety evaluation.

The investigator is working with the Iowa State University Construction Engineering Highway Design course instructor on developing educational modules that utilize the developments.

Publications

Report: Proof of Concept: Examining Characteristics of Roadway Infrastructure in Various 3D Visualization Modes (637.82 kb pdf) February 2015

Sponsor(s)/partner(s)

Sponsor(s):

  • Iowa State University
  • Midwest Transportation Center
  • USDOT/OST-R
Simulator view of two-way, stop-controlled interse
Simulator view of two-way, stop-controlled intersection on a flat terrain
Simulator view of two-way, stop-controlled interse
Simulator view of two-way, stop-controlled intersection on a hilly terrain