Use of 3D Visualization and Simulation in Civil Engineering

The use of 3D visualizations and simulations, both available in Civil Simulate, are techniques used in planning, design and presentation of road design and construction projects.

  • Visualization – provides realistic 3D representation of what the project will look like from an unlimited number of different viewing angles.
  • Simulation – adds interactive drive-through capabilities to the visualization, allowing the user or an audience to experience how driving the road would be like from the driver’s point of view.

Equipped with such information, the user can detect and address design and safety issues prior the road being built, thus significantly shortening the road design process, while assuring highest quality and compliant results.

Simulations should be used as early as possible in the design process to identify and address any challenges. 3D Simulations assist in highlighting, among others, the following issues:

  • Road appearance
  • Road to terrain compatibility
  • Sight distance and visibility checks
  • Hidden dips
  • Curve acuteness
  • Comprehension of turns necessary at intersections
  • Road geometry that may confuse or mislead drivers
  • Avoiding distractions
  • Maintaining sight and visibility
  • Aerial assessment of how the road blends in with the landscape
  • Detecting possible conflicts with underground infrastructures

Creating a realistic 3D simulation was once considered a time consuming task. Not anymore! With Civil Simulate, creating hyper realistic fully rendered 3D simulations is literally a matter of a single mouse click!

Efficient Sales Too

Civil engineering projects require presenting design concepts and drawings in different forums. In many cases such forums include non technical members. In these specific cases, visualizations and drive-through simulations are particularly effective as they are self explanatory. These 3D tools, easily created in Civil Simulate, can address those members and provide them with a clearer picture of the proposed design even while still in the preliminary stages.