March 3, 2010
City Tours By Mouse Click
The residents of Stassfurt in Saxony-Anhalt are lucky. They are able to voice opinions about construction plans even before redevelopment commences. This is made possible by software from the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF in Magdeburg, which represents open lots, individual buildings, neighborhoods and even complete industrial parks true-to-scale and photorealistically in virtual 3-D projections.
The researchers from the Fraunhofer IFF have created a 3-D scenario specifically for Stassfurt. Mining caused the downtown to sink. A lake with recreational zones was laid out in and around the pit. The bank zone is going to be expanded now and the residents of Stassfurt have already been able to stroll through the new layout virtually. "We created the terrain model based on two-dimensional and additional elevation data from a laser scan. Afterward we combined the lots with digital photographs taken on site and integrated the thusly created 3-D building models in the virtual environment," explains Andreas Höpfner, a research manager at the Fraunhofer IFF.
Image Caption: The residents of Strassfurt can take a virtual tour of their city by mouse click. Credit: Fraunhofer IFF
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