Application of Visualization and Simulation Program to Improve Work Zone Safety and Mobility

Project Details
STATUS

In-Progress

START DATE

04/01/09

END DATE

02/28/10

RESEARCH CENTERS CTRE
SPONSORS

Iowa Department of Transportation

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Charles Jahren

Associate Director, Construction Materials and Methods / Asset Management

Principal Investigator
Ed Jaselskis

Director, Construction Management and Technology

Principal Investigator
Amr Kandil

Assistant Professor

Principal Investigator
Shashi Nambisan

Transportation Research Engineer

About the research

A 2007/2008 study sponsored by the Smart Work Zone Deployment Initiative, demonstrated the feasibility of combining relatively available, inexpensive software programs, such as Google Earth and Adobe Acrobat, with standard two-dimensional civil engineering design programs such as MicroStation, to create animations of work zones. With additional modeling inputs, it may be possible to enhance the animations to include visualization of conditions under different traffic volumes, weather conditions, and construction operations.

The purpose of this study is to continue the work of the intial visualization project to determine the added value and resource demands created by including more complex data such as traffic volume, weather conditions, and construction operations.

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