Buschmann, Stefan; Trapp, Matthias; Döllner, Jürgen
16th Conference on Digital Landscape Architecture (DLA 2015)
Due to continuing advances in sensor technology and increasing availability of digital infrastructure that allows for acquisition, transfer, and storage of big data sets, large amounts of movement data (e.g., road, naval, or air-traffic) become available. In the near future, movement data such as traffic data may even be available in real-time. In a growing number of application fields (e.g., landscape planning and design, urban development, and infrastructure planning), movement data enables new analysis and simulation applications. In this paper, we present an interactive technique for visualizing massive 3D movement trajectories. It is based on mapping massive movement data to graphics primitives and their visual variables in real-time, supporting a number of visualization schemes such as sphere, line, or tube-based trajectories, including animations of direction and speed. This generic technique enhances the functionality of VR and interactive 3D systems using virtual environments such as digital landscape models, city models, or virtual globes by adding support for this important category of spatio-temporal data.