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Buffalo Harbor Interactive Simulation Model Buffalo Harbor Bridge

Fostering Economic Development through Industrial Partnerships

Tom Furlani, Ph.D. UB, CCR Charles Hixon Bergmann Associates Steven P. Ranalli, P.E. - ECHDC Keith Harlock, P.E. Parsons Brinkerhoff

Outline

Driving Innovation

Outline Driving Innovation   Bergmann – CCR Partnership Virtual Design   Virtual Design Basics

Bergmann CCR Partnership

Virtual Design

 Virtual Design Basics  What is it? Why use it?    Parsons Brinkerhoff
Virtual Design Basics
What is it? Why use it?
Parsons Brinkerhoff

Overview of the Harbor Project

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

Buffalo Harbor Interactive Simulation

Buffalo Harbor Bridge 3D Model

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Driving Innovation - A Technology Partnership

Driving Innovation - A Technology Partnership  The Partnership Objectives  Research initiatives (TRB, FHWA) 
Driving Innovation - A Technology Partnership  The Partnership Objectives  Research initiatives (TRB, FHWA) 
  • The Partnership Objectives

    • Research initiatives (TRB, FHWA)

    • Expert programming capabilities

    • Workload capacity

Driving Innovation - A Technology Partnership  The Partnership Objectives  Research initiatives (TRB, FHWA) 
  • The Results

    • The creation of an effective run-time engine

    • The ability to see our projects in real-time (interactively)

    • Integration of traffic data into virtual reality applications

Street Scenes

  • Ability to link data to virtual environments

GIS, BIM, etc…

  • The Future

    • Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Initiative

    • Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

Driving Innovation - A Technology Partnership  The Partnership Objectives  Research initiatives (TRB, FHWA) 

Virtual Design Basics

  • Virtual Design Methods Being Used

    • Hand Renders and Physical Models

    • Photo-simulation

 3D Modeling and Animation  Web/Multi-Media Development  Interactive (Virtual Reality) Simulation
3D Modeling and Animation
Web/Multi-Media Development
Interactive (Virtual Reality) Simulation
Virtual Design Basics  Virtual Design Methods Being Used  Hand Renders and Physical Models 

Real-time Vs. Animation

  • Real-time (Interactive)

    • Images created “on-the-fly” - computer drawing geometry and textures every frame

    • Similar to today’s video games

    • INTERACTIVE - user can navigate environment on their own

  • Animation

    • Computing done ahead of time producing a video

    • Capable of higher resolution (shadows, reflectivity, lighting effects, etc)

  • Animation

    Real-time

    Real-time Vs. Animation  Real-time (Interactive)  Images created “on -the- fly” - computer drawing geometry
    Real-time Vs. Animation  Real-time (Interactive)  Images created “on -the- fly” - computer drawing geometry
    Real-time Vs. Animation  Real-time (Interactive)  Images created “on -the- fly” - computer drawing geometry

    Why Use Virtual Design and Simulation?

    Planning and Design Tool

    • Interference Detection (Clash Detection)

    • Context Sensitive Design

     Construction Sequencing  Traffic Simulation  Building Public Consensus  GenX grew up on VR
    Construction Sequencing
    Traffic Simulation
    Building Public Consensus
    GenX grew up on VR - will expect it
    Why Use Virtual Design and Simulation?  Planning and Design Tool  Interference Detection (Clash Detection)

    Local Applications

    • Buffalo Harbor Interactive Simulation Project

      • ECHDC, CCR, Parsons-Brinkerhoff

    • Peace Bridge Visualization Project

      • CCR, Bergmann Associates, Parsons Engineering

    • Peace Bridge Gateway Improvement Project

      • CCR, UB Urban Design Project

    • Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy

    Local Applications  Buffalo Harbor Interactive Simulation Project  ECHDC, CCR, Parsons-Brinkerhoff  Peace Bridge Visualization
    • CCR, UB Urban Design Project

    • Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

      • CCR

    • Williamsville Toll Barrier Improvement

      • CCR, Bergmann, TVGA Engineering

    • Cars on Main St Project

      • CCR, DiDonato Associates

    • UB2020 Campus Master Plan

    Local Applications  Buffalo Harbor Interactive Simulation Project  ECHDC, CCR, Parsons-Brinkerhoff  Peace Bridge Visualization
    Local Applications  Buffalo Harbor Interactive Simulation Project  ECHDC, CCR, Parsons-Brinkerhoff  Peace Bridge Visualization

    Buffalo Harbor Simulation Overview

    Buffalo Harbor Simulation Overview  Primary Objective:  To support public and agency understanding of Buffalo
    • Primary Objective:

      • To support public and agency understanding of

    Buffalo Harbor Bridge project and alternatives and

    helping to advance the project through an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.

    • Secondary Objective:

      • To educate the public through the visualization of actual and proposed Buffalo waterfront inner and outer harbor redevelopment efforts.

    Buffalo Harbor Simulation Overview  Primary Objective:  To support public and agency understanding of Buffalo
    Buffalo Harbor Simulation Overview  Primary Objective:  To support public and agency understanding of Buffalo

    Buffalo Harbor Bridge Project

    • Buffalo Harbor Bridge Project:

    Buffalo Harbor Bridge Project  Buffalo Harbor Bridge Project: Directly and efficiently connect the New Downtown

    Directly and efficiently connect the New Downtown and the Outer Harbor Area with a multi-modal transportation facility over the Buffalo River and/or City Ship Canal

    Buffalo Harbor Bridge Project  Buffalo Harbor Bridge Project: Directly and efficiently connect the New Downtown

    Range of Alternatives

    Scoping

    Scoping Primary Screening Criteria Secondary Screening Criteria

    Primary Screening Criteria

    Scoping Primary Screening Criteria Secondary Screening Criteria

    Secondary Screening Criteria

    Scoping Primary Screening Criteria Secondary Screening Criteria

    Retained Alternatives

    Design Criteria and Technical Issues

    • Waterside

      • The River/Ship Canal are federally-regulated shipping channels USCG

      • Vertical Clearance, vertical and horizontal impacts - USCG/USACE

      • Waterway Environmental impacts NYSDEC/USACE

      • Recreational and Commercial Boater Access

  • Landside

    • Comprehensive Plans, Queen City Hub Plan, Draft Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan

    • Bridge approach constraints: NFTA, City Streets , Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator

    • Ownership/R.O.W. - Miscellaneous

    • Parkland, Wildlife Refuges, Historical Resources, Development Miscellaneous

    • Roadside

      • Highway Design Guidelines City, State, FHWA

      • Light Rail Design Guidelines NFTA/FTA

      • Multi-Modal (Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Public Transit) Miscellaneous

    Design Criteria and Technical Issues  Waterside  The River/Ship Canal are federally-regulated shipping channels –
    Design Criteria and Technical Issues  Waterside  The River/Ship Canal are federally-regulated shipping channels –

    Integration of Other Projects

    Integration of Other Projects
    Integration of Other Projects
    Integration of Other Projects

    The Challenges

    Analyzing impacts of potential bridge locations and alternatives:

     Determining extent and degree. Effectively communicating to agencies, stakeholders and the general public  What,
    Determining extent and degree.
    Effectively communicating to agencies,
    stakeholders and the general public
    What, where, when, why, how?
    Demonstrating and educating

    Consensus building for a “community-preferred alternative”

    The Solution

    • A Virtual Reality based planning and design tool

    The Solution  A Virtual Reality based planning and design tool  3D computer model cross
    • 3D computer model cross linked to planning information

    GIS, Building Information Modeling (BIM), 2-D CAD, traffic, etc

    • Interactive Project Phase Timeline

    Isolate and present progress year to year

    • Real-time viewing

    Infinite amount of viewpoints No time limit

    • Easy Understanding

    Fully conveys impacts in basic terms that the average person can understand.

    Public/Agency Meetings

    2008 •City of Buffalo Waterfront Committee Meeting: November 20 @ City Hall 2009 •1 st Official
    2008
    •City of Buffalo Waterfront Committee Meeting:
    November 20 @ City Hall
    2009
    •1 st Official Project Team Meeting: January 27
    @ECHDC
    •Notification of Project Initiation: February 2, 2009
    •Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers: March 12 @ ECHDC
    •USACOE Meeting: March 23 @ECHDC
    •Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club: March 24
    •Notice of Intent: April 13, 2009
    •Elected Officials Meeting: June 16 @ ECHDC
    •Agency Meeting #1: June 18 @ ECHDC
    •US Coast Guard Meeting: June 22 @ PB
    •Agency Meeting #2: June 23 @ ECHDC
    Public/Agency Meetings 2008 •City of Buffalo Waterfront Committee Meeting: November 20 @ City Hall 2009 •1

    Public/Agency Meetings

    Public/Agency Meetings • General Mills Meeting: June 25 @ General Mills • RCR Yachts Meeting: Junewww.Buffaloharborbridge.com • Project Stakeholder Meeting #1: July 6 @ ECHDC • Project Stakeholder Meeting #2: July 7 @ ECHDC • Project Stakeholder Meeting #3: July 9 @ ECHDC • State Historic Preservation Office: July 16 @ ECHDC • Public Information Session: July 22 @ Common Council chambers • City of Buffalo Waterfront Committee Meeting: October 16 @ City Hall • Agency Meeting #3: December 21 @ ECHDC • Draft Scoping Report Public Meeting: December 16, 2009 " id="pdf-obj-17-4" src="pdf-obj-17-4.jpg">

    General Mills Meeting: June 25 @ General Mills RCR Yachts Meeting: June 26 @ RCR Yachts First Buffalo River Marina Meeting June 30 @ FBRM Website established July 2009:

    www.Buffaloharborbridge.com Project Stakeholder Meeting #1: July 6 @ ECHDC Project Stakeholder Meeting #2: July 7 @ ECHDC Project Stakeholder Meeting #3: July 9 @ ECHDC State Historic Preservation Office: July 16 @ ECHDC Public Information Session: July 22 @ Common Council chambers City of Buffalo Waterfront Committee Meeting:

    October 16 @ City Hall Agency Meeting #3: December 21 @ ECHDC Draft Scoping Report Public Meeting: December 16, 2009

    Public/Agency Meetings • General Mills Meeting: June 25 @ General Mills • RCR Yachts Meeting: Junewww.Buffaloharborbridge.com • Project Stakeholder Meeting #1: July 6 @ ECHDC • Project Stakeholder Meeting #2: July 7 @ ECHDC • Project Stakeholder Meeting #3: July 9 @ ECHDC • State Historic Preservation Office: July 16 @ ECHDC • Public Information Session: July 22 @ Common Council chambers • City of Buffalo Waterfront Committee Meeting: October 16 @ City Hall • Agency Meeting #3: December 21 @ ECHDC • Draft Scoping Report Public Meeting: December 16, 2009 " id="pdf-obj-17-36" src="pdf-obj-17-36.jpg">

    Public/Agency Meetings

    Public/Agency Meetings 2010 • Agency Meeting #4: January 5 @ ECHDC • Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers: January

    2010

    Agency Meeting #4: January 5 @ ECHDC Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers: January 7 USCG/USACOE/NYSDEC Meeting: January 14 @ECHDC Richard Grainger, Sailboat Owner: January 26 @ECHDC USEPA Meeting: January 28 @ECHDC NFTA Meeting: January 28 @ NFTA

    Times Beach Advisory Council: February 9 @ ECHDC

    Industrial Heritage Committee: February 28 @ECHDC

    Preservation Buffalo Niagara: February 28 @ECHDC

    Campaign for a Greater Buffalo: February 28 @ECHDC

    Public/Agency Meetings 2010 • Agency Meeting #4: January 5 @ ECHDC • Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers: January

    Public/Agency Meetings

    Public/Agency Meetings • City of Buffalo DPW & OSP Staff: March 3 @ City Hall •

    City of Buffalo DPW & OSP Staff: March 3 @ City Hall

    NFTA Staff Meeting: March 8 @ ECHDC Erie County DEP Meeting: March 9 @ Erie County NYS Historic Preservation Office: March 17 @ ECHDC Henry Baxter, Grain Elevator engineer :March 24 @ ECHDC Elected Officials Meeting: March 24 @ ECHDC Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers: April 23 @BNR General Mills: April 27 @ GMI Working for Downtown: April 28 @ ECHDC USACOE/NYSDEC: April 30 @ ECHDC Final Scoping Report approved by FHWA: May 4,

    2010

    Public/Agency Meetings • City of Buffalo DPW & OSP Staff: March 3 @ City Hall •

    Public/Agency Meetings

    Public/Agency Meetings • Waterfront Village Advisory Council: May 11 @ Waterfront Village • Citizens Regional Transit

    Waterfront Village Advisory Council: May 11 @ Waterfront Village Citizens Regional Transit Corporation: May 26 @ ECHDC Niagara Frontier Bicycle Club: May 26 @ ECHDC VOICE-Buffalo: May 26 @ ECHDC Partners for a Livable WNY: May 26 @ ECHDC Buffalo Niagara Partnership Committee: June 2 @ ECHDC NYS Department of State: June 8 @ NYSDOS University at Buffalo Partners Day: June 9 @ Adams Mark •Erie County IDA “Area Managers” Meeting: June 30 @ ECIDA Green Options Buffalo: July 1 @ ECHDC Buffalo Place Board of Directors: August 4 @ BP Working for Downtown: August 25 @ ECHDC

    Public/Agency Meetings • Waterfront Village Advisory Council: May 11 @ Waterfront Village • Citizens Regional Transit

    Public/Agency Meetings

    Public/Agency Meetings • USACOE/NYSDEC: April 30 @ ECHDC • Final Scoping Report approved by FHWA: May

    USACOE/NYSDEC: April 30 @ ECHDC

    Final Scoping Report approved by FHWA: May 4,

    2010

    Waterfront Village Advisory Council: May 11 @ Waterfront Village Citizens Regional Transit Corporation: May 26 @ ECHDC Niagara Frontier Bicycle Club: May 26 @ ECHDC VOICE-Buffalo: May 26 @ ECHDC

    Partners for a Livable WNY: May 26 @ ECHDC Buffalo Niagara Partnership Committee: June 2 @ ECHDC NYS Department of State: June 8 @ NYSDOS University at Buffalo Partners Day: June 9 @ Adams Mark

    •Erie County IDA “Area Managers” Meeting: June 30

    @ ECIDA

    Public/Agency Meetings • USACOE/NYSDEC: April 30 @ ECHDC • Final Scoping Report approved by FHWA: May

    Public/Agency Meetings

    Public/Agency Meetings • Green Options Buffalo: July 1 @ ECHDC • Buffalo Place Board of Directors:

    Green Options Buffalo: July 1 @ ECHDC Buffalo Place Board of Directors: August 4 @ BP Working for Downtown: August 25 @ ECHDC Citizens Regional Transit Corporation: September 15 @ ECHDC City of Buffalo - Waterfront Committee Meeting - November 10 Meeting with Doug Swift and Catherine Schweitzer November 29 @ECHDC

    2011

    Meeting with NYSDEC January 4 @ NYSDEC Meeting with Tom Yots Preservation Studios January 11 @ ECHDC Buffalo River Remediation meeting -January 25 @ Riverkeepers Meeting with Jason Wilson - Preservation Studios January 27 @ ECHDC

    Public/Agency Meetings • Green Options Buffalo: July 1 @ ECHDC • Buffalo Place Board of Directors:

    Public/Agency Meetings

    Public/Agency Meetings Meeting with NYPA – CTGE -February 3 @ ECHDC • Agency Meeting March 16

    Meeting with NYPA CTGE -February 3 @ ECHDC Agency Meeting March 16 @ PB Offices & Remote Meeting with Bill Brown CTGE March 17 -Remote Agency Meeting March 22 @ PB Offices & Remote Meeting with RiverKeeper / NYSDEC March 28 @ RiverKeeper USACE Presentation @ USACE Buffalo April 13 Agency Meeting SHPO April 26 - Remote

    Public/Agency Meetings Meeting with NYPA – CTGE -February 3 @ ECHDC • Agency Meeting March 16

    The Buffalo Harbor

    The Buffalo Harbor