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Appendix C. Additional Resources

NYSDOT Visualization Request Form

Fill out the information below and e-mail or fax your request to:
The Visualization Section may be reached by calling 518-845-2442.

General Information:
Project Name:

Contact Name: PIN #:

Phone Number: Date Needed:

Regional Data Manager:

Visualization Objective:
What are your visual communication needs? Who is your audience?

Project Phase:

[ ] Planning (IPP or EPP)
[ ] Prelim Design (Phase I-IV)
[ ] Final Design (Phase V-VI)

Project Type:

[ ] Intersection/Roundabout Visual Impact
[ ] Highway
[ ] Other (explain)
[ ] Bridge Structure
[ ] Planning

Visualization Type:

[ ] 2D Quick Photosim
[ ] 3D Animation
[ ] 3D Photosim
[ ] 3D/4D Content
[ ] 3D Rendering

Deliverable Form:

[ ] Image File(s)
[ ] Video File(s)
- playback method: [ ]Web [ ] PC [ ] TV
[ ] Interactive Multimedia

Visualization Products

Descriptions of different visualization products that NYSDOT visualization staff can develop, including 2D quick sim, 3D rendering, 3D photosim, 3D animation, and 3D/4D model content.
2D Quick Sim
Used for quick, illustrative purposes, this product does not claim to be highly accurate, but it can convey a design intention quickly without relying on accurate 3D geometry. This product relies predominately on image editing and hand-rendered perspectives.
Time requirement: 2-4 days each

Descriptions of different visualization products that NYSDOT visualization staff can develop, including 2D quick sim, 3D rendering, 3D photosim, 3D animation, and 3D/4D model content. 3D Rendering
3D renderings are images generated entirely from three dimensional geometry (models). Usually, the geometry will have patterns (images) attributed to them to make them appear more photorealistic. Once a model is render ready, subsequent images are easily created from other locations.
Time requirement: 1-2 weeks each

Descriptions of different visualization products that NYSDOT visualization staff can develop, including 2D quick sim, 3D rendering, 3D photosim, 3D animation, and 3D/4D model content. 3D Photosim
Excellent for depicting multiple design alternatives, this product requires a high resolution photo, from a known location, as the foundation. Once a 3D model has been created and patterned with photorealistic materials, a virtual camera is then positioned from the same coordinate location and a rendering of the geometry is made. Support photos may be required if substantial portions of the photo are being removed (i.e., foliage, buildings, etc.). Combining the photograph and the rendering makes it nearly complete. Some image editing is usually required to complete the final montage.
Time requirement: 1-2 weeks each

Descriptions of different visualization products that NYSDOT visualization staff can develop, including 2D quick sim, 3D rendering, 3D photosim, 3D animation, and 3D/4D model content. 3D animation
Once a 3D model has been created and patterned, a virtual camera can travel through a modeled environment, down a defined path, to capture what is seen, or a still virtual camera can record the animated motion of discrete objects. Thirty images per second are recorded, saved, and compiled to a video file. Changing the defined path or camera location requires a regeneration of animation frames.
Time requirement: 2-6 weeks

Descriptions of different visualization products that NYSDOT visualization staff can develop, including 2D quick sim, 3D rendering, 3D photosim, 3D animation, and 3D/4D model content. 3D/4D Model Content
To populate a 3D computer graphics model, virtual content is used to represent real world objects. Examples could be buildings or other structures, lighting, signage, automobiles, or 3D terrain. Content can be created to populate Microstation and VISSIM 3D environments. Comprehensive 3D environments require considerably more time than simple discrete 3D objects.
Time requirement: 1-3 week

Updated: 09/05/2014
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