“Virtual Waterway”—A Traffic Simulation Environment for Inland and Coastal Waterways

This paper presents structure, functionality and applications of a virtual navigation environment for the simulation of traffic on inland and coastal waterways. The simulation is focused on realistically modeling the dynamics of vessels in water and on generating typical sensor measurements such as radar or GPS. Simulated objects react on internal behavior descriptions or external control signals. Due to the ability to simulate a large number of vessels and objects, even complex traffic scenarios can be created. The simulator can be linked to external systems such as radar processing systems, on-board navigation aids, or VTS and coastal surveillance systems, hence allowing one to extensively and safely test and validate their functionalities (e.g. integrated sensor signal processing, data presentation or course control and route planning) under real-time and close-to real-life conditions. This article concentrates on describing the differential equations used to model the vessel dynamics. Furthermore, the emulation techniques used to generate realistic radar vide, including various measurement artifacts are presented. The article fill also show setup and results of testing a multi-sensor vessel traffic surveillance system.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 351-360
  • Monograph Title: Maritime Heritage and Modern Ports

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  • Accession Number: 01001449
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1845640101
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 29 2005 12:28PM