Sim City of Angels

by William Jepson, Dir.; Urban Simulation Lab., UCLA School of Arts and Arch., Los Angeles, CA,
Scott Friedman, Ph.D. Candidate; Computer Sci. Dept., UCLA, Los Angeles, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 6, Pg. 44-47

Document Type: Feature article


Using advanced computing techniques, UCLA researchers are developing a virtual model of the entire 4,000 sp mi Los Angeles basin. Accurate to the level of graffiti on the walls and store window signs, the database for the model will soon reach 1 terabyte (1 trillion bytes) in size. The goal of the model is to help urban planners and others in solving urban design problems. For example, an architect could view the effect of a new development on an existing community and make appropriate changes before the design is completed. Other possible applications for the modeling technology include accurate tracking for emergency response teams, interactive hazardous waste simulations for students, mapping of conduits, wiring and other in-wall elements for ease of maintenance, and in-car navigations systems.

Subject Headings: Urban areas

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