The Gary/Chicago International Airport is planning an expansion to extend the main runway and increase capabilities of the airport. 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.
The purpose of this study is to show how economic measures of benefits and costs can be improved if visualization tools and technologies are used in addition to standard economic models of estimating benefits and costs. By utilizing the visualization and simulator resources at Purdue University and through collaboration with the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) at Purdue Calumet, this study will contribute to the general body of knowledge of how visually enhanced applications can enrich the existing transportation system database to effectively measure benefits and costs associated with improvement in freight transportation.