An evolution of Illuminating Clay and the Tangible Geospatial Modeling System
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With Tangible Landscape you can hold a GIS in your hands - feeling the shape of the earth, sculpting its topography, and directing the flow of water.
Tangible Landscape couples a digital and a physical model through a continuous cycle of 3D scanning, geospatial modeling, and projection
Tangible Landscape is designed to make scientific data, models, and simulations exploratory, engaging, and fun
Solar irradiation and cast shadow
Optimized trail routing between waypoints based on energetics, topography, and cost maps with feedback including trail slopes and viewsheds
Manage the spread of termites across a city by treating city blocks
Save houses from coastal flooding by building coastal defenses
A comparative study of 3D spatial performance with 1. digital modeling, 2. hand modeling, and 3. tangible interaction
The standard deviation of the differences of all participants using 1. digital modeling, 2. hand modeling, and 3. tangible interaction
Tangible Landscape's cut-fill analytic enabled participants to generatively shape form and critically assess the results in an iterative cycle
1. Reference depth, 2. max depth with digital modeling, 3. max depth with tangible interaction
Tangible Landscape's water flow simulation enabled an iterative cycle of form-finding and critical assessment that helped participants to learn how form controls process
Petras, V., Petrasova, A., Harmon, B., Meentemeyer, R.K., Mitasova, H. Integrating Free and Open Source Solutions into Geospatial Science Education. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2015, 4, 942-956. doi:10.3390/ijgi4020942
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