Simulation and Visualization of an Airport Expansion Plan

Simulation & Visualization of Infrastructure for Economic Development


THE PROBLEM

Railroad Embankment located near the northwest end of the Gary Airport's main runway

Railroad Embankment located near the northwest end of the Gary Airport’s main runway.

The Gary/Chicago International Airport is planning an expansion to extend the main runway and increase capabilities of the airport. The expansion is expected to attract new business to the region and promote future economic growth.

A major issue with the expansion is a 15-foot-high railroad embankment located near the northwest end of the runway. A portion of the railroad must be relocated to meet safety regulations and to accommodate the longer runway. Simulation and 3-D Visualization have been identified as tools to aid in communicating the project to the public.

 


THE PROJECT

Draft overlay showing the proposed runway and taxiway extensions.

Draft overlay showing the proposed runway and taxiway extensions.

A partnership has been formed between the City of Gary and Purdue University Calumet for stimulating economic planning and development of the city. Visualization of the Gary Airport runway extension is the first project resulting from the partnership.

Satellite imagery and GIS data were combined with architectural plans and images to produce a 3-D model of the existing and proposed airport along with its surrounding areas. Animation was added to the model of a plane taking off and a train traveling on the existing railroad located near the end of the runway for visualization for effective communication .

 


THE RESULTS

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Overhead view showing the runway extension and relocated railroad.

A video combined with 3-D renderings and animations of the existing and proposed airport were created. The project provides benefits of simulation, virtual reality, and 3-D visualization to enhance and support the city’s capabilities for economic development and growth in the airport region.

Future uses will interface 3D visualization to more sophisticated simulation models for site location analysis, emergency facilities planning, design review, and marketing.

Overhead view showing the runway extension and relocated railroad

 


 

Faculty Collaborator: Amlan Mitra, Business College

Simulation and Visualization of an Airport Expansion Plan

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