3D Visualization for Urban Planning and Development

University Park Simulation showing an intersection.

Purdue University Calumet and the City of Gary have partnered to apply GIS simulation and 3D Visualilzation for economic development and city planning of the Univeristy Park area. The CIVS research center uniquely integrates advanced simulation and visualization technology for analyzing data, parcel and zone planning, and for the support final implementation the city’s key development areas.

Vehicle Routing Visualization


A system whereby emergency response personnel could effectively manage relief package delivery to households affected by flood disasters in Lake County Indiana was desired. One of the essential components required of the system was a means to visualize disaster affected areas, package delivery points, and optimized routes for package delivery. Additionally, a secondary system for calculating optimized routes on a supercomputing cluster and a method of transferring data sets to and from the visualization component was needed.

Visualization of Regional Development Authority of Past and Proposed Projects

Figure 1. The Marquette Plan, the RDA’s regional restoration project.

Since 2005, the Regional Development Authority (RDA) has funded several projects throughout the Northwest Indiana and Chicago-land areas that have had major positive impacts throughout the region. These projects have been made possible with funding from the State of Indiana, and in order to show the success and tremendous community impacts that the projects have had, RDA turned to CIVS to create a short informational video highlighting the return on investment as well as the positive impacts on regional communities.

Simulation and Visualization of an Airport Expansion Plan

Draft overlay showing the proposed runway and taxiway extensions img2

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.

I80/94 Expressway Traffic Simulation for Transportation Planning

Visualization of Borman Expressway

The Borman Expressway is a sixteen mile segment of interstates 80 and 94 (I-80/94) and is part of the Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. It begins at the Indiana/Illinois border and stretches east to the Indiana toll road interchange. The average daily traffic (ADT) on the Borman is approximately 140,000 vehicles, with freight comprising about 30% of the traffic on average and peaking at 70% at night. Traffic volumes are relatively constant from the morning through the early evening, with near or at capacity volumes during most daylight hours under perfect operational conditions. The purpose of this study is to measure the economic effects of the interaction between congestion and freight mobility across Northwest Indiana.