A design visualization was needed to address all these issues. It was preferred to include them together in a single overall panoramic photosimulation for public meetings and break out the individual elements as needed.
POITRA photographers selected a vantage point that made all the elements visible and at a great enough distance to eliminate lens warp.
POITRA artists prepared the base photograph to recieve the elements of the proposed corridor using traditional digital painting techniques. This included separating and removing foreground trees within the station footprint from background trees and buildings.
The corridor in the area of the station lay on an elevated embankment leaving the surrounding parking and bus loading much lower. Sets of stairs and ramps were needed to reach boarding platforms.
Poitra Visual's illustrations of bridges, catenary systems, additional railroad track and sound walls reassured the public that this new transit service could be an attractive addition to their communities.”
K.P., P.E. URS Corp
North Metro Project Manager
POITRA created a 3D model that included the new gravel roadbed, ties, rails and the EMU catenary system. The station was modeled to include the platforms, shelters, stairs, ramps, railings and other station amenities. POITRA also modeled the curbs and islands of bus loading and parking areas including overhead lighting.
Markers for individual parking lot trees were placed in the model. The site model was then camera matched, lighted, rendered and composited with the base photograph. Tree markers were replaced with tree images in the simulation and station patrons, automobiles and buses were added.
The parking to the south was reconfigured to accept a model of the future parking garage in the ultimate buildout simulation. The POITRA EMU vehicle was added to the corridor for each version of the simulation.
The center portion of the simulation was broken out and used to address aesthetic questions about the station platforms, canopies and bus loading but it could be regrouped with other portions of the overall simulation to address other issues as well.
The finished simulations were used in meetings with Fastracks public stakeholders, on the project website, in newsletters and in the EIS document.