Photo-simulation was the medium chosen as the best way to communicate design concepts to the public.
US85 intersects a major Colorado wildlife corridor. The EIS determined that a grade separated crossing would prevent numerous animal vehicle accidents and protect public safety. The EIS widened US85 includes twin single span concrete I-girder bridge structures that are open enough to ensure their use by animals as a safe way cross US85. POITRA illustrated the concept for the EIS document.
The past bridge and highway design experience of the POITRA Visual principals made it possible to illustrate an accurate structure from very conceptual level plans. POITRA modelers created 3D model bridge structures to be used as a paint template. The models helped ensured correct placement of the new overpass in the engineer provided photograph. The wildlife crossing's approach was to be deepened and border planted with Colorado native vegitation to help direct animals to the crossing. This work was acomplished using traditional digital painting techniques.
The simulation views US85 from the wildlife corridor. To complete the setting POITRA added wildlife using fall elk images taken from photographs shot from our studio.
The final photosimulation images were used to present the design to the public on the website, as printed public hearing materials and ultimately in the EIS document. POITRA graphic artists took care to create presentation panels that visually coordinated the meetings with the familiar public website.