In the applied research project Interactive Planning VRVis and its company partners built a new real-time visualization system for large infrastructure projects and other geospatial applications.
Large infrastructure projects are often challenging for interactive visualizations. The source data is typically either overwhelmingly detailed, or too coarse for realistic real-time rendering. In this project, new methods are being investigated for handling very large scenes and for ingesting and processing geospatial data and creating realistic representations from typical GIS input data.
In addition, GIS metadata can also be used to populate virtual environments with autonomous vehicles, control geometry creation and provide valuable additional information (such as noise levels in highway simulations) to the viewer. The prototype viewer has already been used for various public audits and presentations, and has been generally recognized as a valuable tool in these situations.