A sketch-based system for highway design with user-specified regions of influence

Applegate, C. S., Laycock, S. D. and Day, A. M. (2012) A sketch-based system for highway design with user-specified regions of influence. Computers & Graphics, 36 (6). pp. 685-695.

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To create traffic simulations of high visual-fidelity, each component part needs to be designed and modelled in great detail. Roads can be created manually, but this can become a time-consuming and laborious process when modelling large-scale networks. Therefore, automated techniques for generating road networks efficiently and effectively, is highly desirable in both urban-planning and entertainment industries. In this paper we present a novel sketch-based tool to semi-automate the design, creation, and visualisation of road networks across both flat and undulating terrains. Our tool is guided by input sketches and a combination of prioritised constraints, including the curvature of roads, their inclination, and the volume of ground that would be displaced during construction. We introduce ‘Influence Regions’ which are user-specified areas of the terrain that influence the path of the roads generated, and are used to attract or repel roads to/from certain obstacles or designated areas, such as forestation, listed buildings, marshland, etc. A user study is conducted to evaluate the usability of the system and the quality of roads generated in a diverse range of scenarios. The results indicate that our system is both user-friendly and able to produce roads that are true to the user's intention.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Computing Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Interactive Graphics and Audio
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Computer Graphics (former - to 2018)
Depositing User: Users 2731 not found.
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2012 13:25
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 23:34
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/39405
DOI: 10.1016/j.cag.2012.03.033

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