Although visualization for civil infrastructure was once considered a luxury, today it is frequently required and expected by stakeholders who want to see and have a voice in how planned infrastructure will affect their future. Visualization is also a widely used tool throughout project lifecycles – planners, landscape architects, engineers, and designers use visualization during concept development, permitting, and design review and validation, sometimes before the public gets a glimpse of proposed designs. Public agencies and construction contractors also use visualization to provide context and validate in 3D what traditional 2D methods cannot convey.
Today, 3D is the standard expectation, but 4D (time sequencing), 5D (cost loading), and other dimensions such as sustainability or live sensor data bring additional context and information forward to enhance the decision-making process. Delivery methods such as interactive 3D environments, data driven applications, renderings, animations, and augmented reality provide many opportunities to share a project vision. SRF can provide all of these visualization services for a project as a standalone service or to enhance other messaging and public engagement campaigns. Our visualization staff has international expertise including work with 43 Departments of Transportation as well as federal, large industrial, and municipal projects across the U.S. and Canada.
Our visualization services include:
- Graphic design, conceptual sketching, and web development
- Autodesk Infraworks, Sketchup, Lumen RT, and 3D Studio Max
- Scale and geo-referenced 3D modeling
- Rendering and professional animation
- Interactive applications with database connectivity
- Corridor/site flyby movies and large landscapes
- VISSIM traffic integration with Lumen RT animations
- 4D and 5D process, operations, and construction animation (time-series)
- Landscape architecture aesthetics and structural aesthetic treatment graphics
- Photo simulations (for visual impact analysis or public engagement)
- Virtual interactive environments (real-time 3D serious simulations)
- BIM, GIS, CAD, Microstation, and multimedia data integration
- Smart City models
For more information on SRF’s visualization services, contact Rick Lovel, SRF’s Chief Technologist.