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Austin PRT over the Colorado River Photosimulations

Austin Citizens for PRT, Austin, Texas.

The Austin Citizens for Personal Rapid Transit (ACPRT) is a private group dedicated to promoting the use of Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) technology within the city of Austin, Texas.

POITRA was asked to prepare a series of visual simulations depicting PRT technology at various sites in Austin. Photo-simulation was the obvious medium for accurate and convincing presentations.

Modelers at POITRA Visual created a custom PRT vehicle for use in the simulations. The vehicle was based upon several theoretical designs for PRT type vehicles but includes special perameters as requested by the ACPRT. POITRA also modeled modular guideways and columns that could be easily sized for use in the many different situations called for in the simulations.

POITRA created a fictional PRT vehicle and applied an Austin paint scheme to the model.

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

Photo-realistic photo simulation and design visualization services by POITRA Visual


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The simulation at the 1st Street Bridge over the Colorado River showed the parallel PRT guideway infrastructure at a distance and in context with existing 1st Street bridge structures.

left quotation markAs always POITRA modelers are thrilled to create new vehicle models and the PRT vehicle for this project was no exception.”

M.P., POITRA Visual
Visual Simulations Project Manager

The base photograph required little preparation and consisted of adding shadows and reflections for the new row of PRT guideway columns. POITRA artists performed this work using traditional digital painting techniques.

POITRA modelers the assembled the PRT components and vehicles to run beside the existing 1st Street structures. The model was camera match. lighted, rendered and composited with the base photograph to complete the final photosimulations.

The finished simulations were used in promotional campaigns by ACPRT including use on their website. POITRA also contributed other graphics for the groups website. end of article


Take a Closer Look! Web graphics were created from the POITRA PRT model. (click to magnify)