German Association of Computing in Civil Engineering (GACCE)

Smart technologies and a VR road construction site

University of Twente
Professur für Informatik im Bauwesen
Prof. Timo Hartmann, PhD

Constructing high quality roads requires coordinated effort of all members of the asphalt paving team. For the best results the compaction of the asphalt mixture should be homogeneous and take place within certain temperature limits. In practice this goal is hard to achieve. Lack of information during the paving process keeps improvement opportunities in deep shadow. User-oriented visualization is seen as key strategy to increase understanding and improve the paving process. ASPARi research group employs temperature and machinery movement visualization for this purpose.

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Figure 1: Meaningfully processed sensor measurements on site (lower right) can be used to support the continuous education of asphalt paving professionals. The left figure shows how professionals study post-processed sensor measurements after an asphalt paving operation. The upper-right figure shows a serious game that allows professionals to visually understand past activities.