WIT Press


The Applications Of Virtual Reality For Interdisciplinary Planning

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/UT090191

Volume

107

Pages

12

Page Range

201 - 212

Published

2009

Size

2507 kb

Author(s)

T. H. Lorentzen, Y. Kobayashi & Y. Ito

Abstract

This paper evaluates virtual reality (VR) model implementations on their ability to inform and engage interdisciplinary groups in transportation planning. First we present a VR simulation system used by engineers and planners to share proposals and work with members of the public. The system consists of several elements: real-time simulation software for visualization, motion and audio hardware systems that allow users to take a driver’s perspective, and output methods for presentation and collaboration. Applications are then described, including: visualizations of a new LRT system in Sakai City, Japan; simulations for road design in Busan, Korea, and Fukui, Japan; and an urban planning model of Phoenix, USA. These case studies are evaluated, and it is concluded that optimal implementation involves 1) structured integration of the VR model within the project planning framework, and 2) interactive presentation methods. Keywords: virtual reality, visualization, transportation simulation, collaborative planning, driving simulator.

Keywords

virtual reality, visualization, transportation simulation, collaborativeplanning, driving simulator