The Micro Simulation Player is a feature to play animations of various types of simulations, which are expressed through the movement of 3D models.
The aim of this feature is to present results to users through the installation of this core plug-in for the reproduction of simulation results from other applications, which are defined in the XML file format. The result of this is that users can customise the way UC-win/Road depicts their simulation results. This feature enables UC-win/Road to be easily linked with all traffic micro simulations (cars and trains), 4D plan management software, the movement of objects at factories, the movement of heavy machinery during construction work and other applications. In addition to this, the SDK (Software Development Kit) will be expanded to enable real-time data exchange with other simulators and simulation software.
The movement and status of all 3D models in a scene are defined in the XML format for saving animation data. 3D meshes of the models are not stored this file, but a link to the associated 3D model is. Additionally, itfs possible to set weather, time and other visual effects.
The "Model Instance" contains "Type" information and is associated with the model's profile. Moreover, the instance contains a list of states defined by time, so that the location, direction, animation and display status can be set for each state. There are two types of "Model Instance" (temporary instance" and "scene instance"). Temporary instances can be generated in real time whilst running a simulation, however, they can't be saved in the UC-win/Road project. The 3D model profile selected at the time of generation is used. When a profile hasn't been assigned, an instance will not be generated. A scene instance can be generated at the same time as a temporary instance, however it will be saved with the project. This instance can be assigned for a model instance that exists in the current UC-win/Road project as a part of the scenery. A traffic light is an example of a "Scene Instance". During simulation, instances generated by UC-win/Road are controlled by XML data.
A playlist can be created to play more than one XML file at the same time. The playlist has a time offset for each item and can be used simultaneously for multiple datasets. Moving objects are created in place and move based on a linear interpolation of location coordinates. During simulation, traffic flow is set to on. In addition, long distance simulations over short time periods and high-speed playback of low-speed movements are also available.
A number of time units are supported. Notably, support is planned for absolute time including date and time.
There are two major functions.
Major GUI Functions
UC-win/Road Micro Simulation Player Scheduled Release Date: March, 2009.
(Up & Coming 2009 early spring issue)