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

Utilizing enhanced visualization in transportation planning and design gained popularity in the last decade. Starting with a relatively small proof-of-concept project, overall plans for this project eventually are as follows: (1) Utilize crash data to identify three types of intersections with high crash rates; (2) Develop 3D models for the intersections; (3) Use VirtuTrace, a virtual reality simulation engine developed by the Principal Investigator (PI), to present full-scale, interactive simulations for the intersections, where designers can change various characteristics of the intersections and road conditions in real time, with the simulation including interactive traffic elements, such as various types of vehicles, traveling paths, and speeds;(4) Identify a group of experts and use a focus-group approach to examine the intersections for safety deficiencies; and (5) Collect data and compare the data between the two modes of visualizations. Work with the Iowa State University Construction Engineering Highway Design course instructor on developing educational modules that utilize the developments.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $70545.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Midwest Transportation Center

    Iowa State University
    2711 S Loop Drive, Suite 4700
    Ames, IA  United States  50010-8664

    Iowa State University, Ames

    Ames, IA  United States  50011
  • Performing Organizations:

    Iowa State University, Ames

    Institute for Transportation
    Ames, IA  United States  50011-8664
  • Principal Investigators:

    Keren, Nir

  • Start Date: 20140515
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39445

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01560403
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Midwest Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC37
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Apr 15 2015 1:01AM