Education on Urban Corridor Issues Through Computer Animation, TR-419, 2003

(2003) Education on Urban Corridor Issues Through Computer Animation, TR-419, 2003. Transportation, Department of


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This project was undertaken in coordination with the Environmental Assessment process on the Mt. Vernon Road Improvements project in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The goal of the research was to determine the cost effectiveness of combined photo-imaging and computer animation as a presentation tool describing public road improvements. The Public Hearing, in combination with the involvement of a Citizen's Resource Group, afforded an opportunity to have an evaluation of the processes by interested citizens who were not familiar with engineering drawings or the construction industry. After the initial viewing of a draft version of the video, the Resource Group made recommendations to the staff developing the video. Discussion of these recommendations led to the development of an animated composite section that showed a combination of situations typically encountered throughout the project corridor, as well as critical considerations. The composite section did not show specific locations and therefore, individuals were not distracted by looking for the details pertaining to their properties. Concentration on the concepts involved rather than specifics provided the opportunity for a more thorough understanding by the citizens. The development of the composite concept was the primary discovery of the research.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Computer animation, Cost effectiveness, Highway corridors, Improvements, Planning, Public hearings, Public relations
Subjects: Transportation > Pavements
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Design and Construction
Transportation > Maintenance and preservation
ID Code: 20024
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 07 Jul 2015 12:16
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 12:16