* For example, POITRA created and maintained the public information websites for the Southeast Corridor MIS (TREX), the North Metro Major Investment Study (MIS) and the US36 Corridor MIS beginning in 1998. The North Metro Corridor Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is part of the Regional Transportation District's (RTD) new FasTracks Project, which is advancing several corridors to the design phase.

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South Platte River Trail Photosimulations

RTD FasTracks, Denver, Colorado

The North Metro Corridor is one of several proposed transit corridors in the Denver Regional Transportation District's (RTD) FasTracks program that have been evaluated throughout the Metro area as Environmental Impact Statements (EIS). Most of the corridors originate in downtown Denver's Union Terminal (DUT) and radiate out to the suburbs. POITRA has provided several types of services on nearly all of these corridors at some point in their long histories.*

The North Metro Corridor takes advantage of abandoned or little used frieght rail corridors that served Denver's northern suburbs. Because of the length of the line and possible interaction with commercial freight rail a heavy commuter rail concept was proposed.

Take a closer look! The bridge and trail were created using POITRA custom and library 3D Models. (click to magnify)

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

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POITRA was asked to complete an additional series of visual simulations to address anticipated visual impact and design concerns of certain public local governmental stakeholders. This simulation addressed concerns that the additional commuter rail structure next to the existing heavy freight structure would create a black hole underpass for South Platte River Trail users.

left quotation markPoitra provided expertly-done photo simulations, and sometimes under tight time constraints, which were instrumental in conveying project concepts to our audiences.”

North Metro Planning Project Manager

POITRA provided the base photographs for this view from the trail pedestrian bridge over the South Platte River. This allowed POITRA photographers to determine and optimal sun angle for the simulation and to wait for a wonderfully clear Colorado day. We also took care to capture a biker in the perfect location to help in viewer understanding of the scale of the new structure.

Bridge design experience made plan reading trouble free and the POITRA field trip helped in understanding precisely where the structural elements would sit in relation to existing trees, walls and bridge.

POITRA modelers created a 3D site model that included the structures and survey information for the trail. The model was matched to the base photograph, lighted and rendered and then composited to create the simulation.

POITRA used traditional digital painting techniques to complete the simulation once the elements were located using the site model.

The finished visual simulation was used in stakeholder meetings and helped to demonstrate that the higher grade of the commuter rail line and the concrete structure type made black hole fears unwarrented. end of article


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