Using Photorealism and Geovisualization in Streetscape Design

Commercial districts are often the epicenter for economic and social activity within cities. This project was undertaken primarily as an MLA Thesis to investigate potential streetscape designs for Aggieville in Manahttan, KS. The purpose of this study was to better understand how different elements of streetscape design influence a person’s preferences for the space. In…

4D Visualization, Spatial Cognition, Immersion and Engagement

Immersive digital environments (including virtual and augmented reality) and related technologies have catalyzed a revolution in storytelling, scientific communication and education. Over the past couple years, our experience shows that new changes are making these technologies more accessible to the general public. With students in ALIVE!, we are creating immersive environments to study spatial memory/cognition…

Visualizing Natural Disturbances and Management Responses

The Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic in British Columbia caused unprecedented damage to the province’s pine species. We developed a geovisualization model based on forest inventory data and site conditions to deliver 3D photorealistic depictions of possible management responses. The visualizations are intended to support decision-making and give planners and the public an opportunity to see…

MultiDimensional Image Array Viewer

To facilitate decision making and public education, I developed an information visualization image viewer capable of displaying images through thematic groupings, rather than simple alphabetical order. The viewer uses GPU processing for rendering. Geovisualizations are paired with information visualization to provide both context and visual reference. The image viewer was tested using 540 3D images…

Visualization of Highway Designs to Test Environmental Perception

With the abundance of highway development projects in China, we partnered with researchers to investigate how highways could be designed to cater to a more scenic and/or pleasurable experience for drivers and passengers. For the project we designed 3D/4D computer animations of hypothetical scenes. This allowed us to spatially control for our dependent design variables….

Quantifying Effects of Harvest Design Patterns on Human Preference

My PhD research, undertaken with Dr. Michael Meitner, involved designing a model which would improve methods of forest harvesting and planning. Our goal was to quantify preferences for different aspects of design elements, with the shape of the design itself being a prime element. In order to more precisely understand the characteristics of shape, we…

Case Studies Applying Human-centered Viewshed for use in Forest Planning

To test the practicality and application of the Human-centered Viewshed to real-world problems, Dr. Mike Meitner and I have partnered with West Fraser (in Quesnel, BC) and TimberWest (in Campbell River, BC), to improve the planning process in areas of scenic and visual importance. West Fraser’s operations have been dramatically impacted by the the Mountain…

Operationalizing Resilience over the Long-term

What can be Learned from Ecosystem Baselines? Along with Dr. Sarah Gergel, Director of the Centre for Applied Conservation Research, and others, we examine the trade-offs between ecosystem services in Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island. I use 3D geovisualization and my own spatially-explicit GIS model to quantify cultural services in order to assess trade-offs with…

Human-Centered Viewshed for Landscape Management

This research required combining geospatial science, geovisualization and an human-environmental interactions to establish metrics representing aesthetic quality in natural environments. The outcome is a new viewshed method that is currently being used in real-world case studies of forest operations planning. The goal of this work is to continue developing the methods, and make them available…