This year’s Student Innovation Challenge addresses the topic of analyzing sensor data in the Sensor Web and generating higher level information products. My research topic draws inspiration from smart city applications. To be more specific, IoT sensor web technologies and 3D city models play significant roles in building the smart city. I argued that most of the existing solutions to integrating 3D city models and sensor observations are usually customized and lack interoperability. Therefore, in order to improve the interoperability of smart city models, I conclude that the integration of the IoT sensor service and the 3D city model have to be based on open standards.
In this year’s Google Summer of Code program, I developed a module called terrainTools. This project is based on the 52°North Triturus library, which is extremely powerful and provides a lot of functionalities in the field of 3D geovisualization.
Most terrain based visualization applications in today’s world have different file formats that are difficult to export. In order to solve that problem, we have created terrainTools. Here, all visualization algorithms can be accessed from a web browser and can be shared seamlessly using Google’s services. This project is one of the few cloud based solutions to visualize terrain datasets with a three-dimensional viewpoint.
In this project, I demonstrate how Triturus can be used in day to day terrain applications. Using terrainTools, we can create elevation grids, visualize flooding applications, generate cross-section for a terrain and even calculate difference models!
Let’s get started!
The 52°North Triturus library is extremely powerful and provides a lot of functionalities in the field of 3D geovisualization. This library is used in a lot of projects such as 52°North terrainServer and 52°North WorldViz. Currently, the terrainServer offers web-based services providing perspective terrain views. The project’s goal is to extend terrain model generation and analysis to practical scenarios in which it would be desirable to have web-based access to tools (e.g., difference surfaces, mass calculations, inclination analysis) and to model generation functions. These should use 52°North Triturus library. In the Google Summer of Code 2016 program, we shall try to achieve web-based access for some of these tools. This new module has been named ‘terrainTools’ and will be a standalone project.more >
My name is Adhitya Kamakshidasan and I recently graduated from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India. I will be working on the Google Summer of Code 2016 project “Terrain Model Generation and Analysis” under the able guidance of Professor Dr. Benno Schmidt (Hochschule Bochum) and Christian Danowski (52°North).more >