SIMPAVE: Evaluation of Virtual Environments for Pavement Construction Simulations

In the last couple of years, the authors have been developing virtual simulations for modeling the construction of asphalt pavements. The simulations are graphically rich, interactive, three-dimensional, with realistic physics, and allow multiple people working on a set of networked machines to collaborate on performing the compaction of hot-mix asphalt. These simulations may be used in training, examining what-if scenarios, studying bottlenecks and difficulties in the construction process, etc. The demonstrations the authors have shown at conferences have received a lot of success and they propose to build the next generation of such systems. The next generation will not only improve the graphical realism of the environment but will add additional behavioral models for various agents acting in the environment. This will allow to handle a broader set of scenarios including safety issues associated with construction, logistical issues associated with construction/rehabilitation in congested areas, lower visibility associated with night work, etc. A major equipment manufacturer (Roadtec) has indicated interest in helping the authors to further develop the simulations using detailed 3D equipment models from their designs, including pavers, trucks that move hot-mix from geographically distant plants to the construction site, as well as their models and experience with asphalt construction planning and monitoring.

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    University of Washington, Seattle

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    Washington State Department of Transportation

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  • Authors:
    • Turkiyyah, George
  • Publication Date: 2007-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Research Report
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 9p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01053589
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TNW2007-04
  • Contract Numbers: DTRS99-G-0010 (Grant)
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2007 9:35PM