Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Kamat, Vineet Rajendra Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-10232000-19390056 Title Enabling 3D Visualization of Simulated Construction Operations Degree Master of Science Department Civil Engineering Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Martinez, Julio C. Committee Chair de la Garza, Jesus M. Committee Member Vorster, Michael C. Committee Member Keywords
- Construction Operations
- 3D Visualization
- Scene Graphs
- Computer Graphics
Date of Defense 2000-10-19 Availability unrestricted AbstractSimulation modeling and visualization can substantially help in designing complex
construction operations and in making optimal decisions where traditional methods prove
ineffective or are unfeasible. However, there has been limited use of simulation in
planning construction operations due to the unavailability of appropriate visual
communication tools that can provide users with a more realistic and comprehensible
feedback from simulation analyses. Visualizing simulated construction operations in 3D
can significantly help in establishing the credibility of simulation models. In addition, 3D
visualization can provide valuable insight into the subtleties of construction operations
that are otherwise non-quantifiable and presentable.
New software development technologies emerge at incredible rates that allow engineers
and scientists to create novel, domain-specific applications. This study capitalized on a
computer graphics technology based on the concept of the "Scene Graph" to design and
implement a general-purpose 3D Visualization System that is Simulation and CAD-software
independent. This system, the "Dynamic Construction Visualizer", enables
realistic visualization of modeled construction operations and the resulting products in
3D and can be used in conjunction with a wide variety of simulation tools. This thesis
describes the "Dynamic Construction Visualizer" as well as the "Scene Graph"
architecture and the Frame Updating algorithms used in its design.
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