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Carrolton Corridor at Cherrywood Avenue Photosimulations

DART, Dallas, Texas

When the Dallas Rapid Transit Authority (DART) proposed to extend a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line along the Carlton Corridor, visually sensitive locales needed to be evaluated for view impacts. The Carrolton Line passes several residential neighborhoods. The views from the Cherrywood Avenue neighborhood are typical. Design visualization was critical in describing potential visual impacts to concerned residents.

POITRA was chosen to provide the visualization services that would communicate the design to Cherrywood Avenue resident stakeholders and the general public. Photo-simulation was deemed to be the best medium to present the new elevated line in context with the neighborhood street. The simulation was created using both 3D modeling and traditional digital painting techniques.

POITRA developed a custom model Dallas Rapid Transit Authority LRT vehicle.

POITRA often creates custom transit vehicles at no cost to the project.

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The Engineer supplied base photograph needed very little modification because the line ran along an existing rail corridor beside Denton Drive Cut Off at the edge of the neighborhood. This segment of the line was running on a pre-cast concrete viaduct.

Modelers at POITRA created a detailed technical model of DART's LRT vehicle directly from manufacturers specification sheets provided by DART. The model was given the DART standard paint scheme and markings.

POITRA created a 3D site model that included the proposed LRT viaducts and piers, LRT catenary system, and the POITRA model DART LRT vehicle. Past bridge design experience of POITRA principals made the building the viaduct structures a reletively easy process. The model was then camera matched, lighted, rendered and composited with the base photograph to produce the final simulation.

The finished simulation was used in meetings with the city, the neighborhoods, the general public and other stakeholders and in project documents.end of article

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