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Up&Coming 2011 Report
First anniversary seminar of Korea office
4th International Automotive Electronics Technology Expo (Car Electronics Japan)
Japan Symposium on Software Testing 2011 Tokyo
FORUM8 Design Festival 2010-3Days
[Day1] The 4th Design Conference
[Day2] 4th Design Conference / 4th International VR Symposium
[Day3] 9th 3D VR Simulation Contest
Road Expo Ireland
2nd Shanghai International Disaster Reduction and Security Exhibition 2010 /
___The largest platform for governmental procuremente
17th ITS World Congress, Busan 2010
Automotive Testing Expo - North America
Water Expo China 2010
CRTS CHINA - China International Rail Transit Technology Exhibition 2010

First anniversary seminar of Korea office
Date: March 3rd 2011 Location: Seoul city (Up&Coming May 2011)

FORUM8 established the Korean office in Seoul city last March. The first anniversary seminar was held on March 3rd. The specialists who used our VR applications gave a lecture in each field. The seminar consisted of seven fields: Road/Traffic, Driving simulator, MMS(Mobile Mapping System), Structural analysis, Building energy analysis(DesignBuilder), Evacuation, Traffic safety. The visitors commented that it was really good occation to attend the lectures on their unprofessional field. One of the presenters, Professor Lee Dongmin from KOTI(Korea Transport Institute) commented that he was inspired by the case studies and researches of VR in various fields. Other visitors including research institutes, manufacturer of driving simulator, design consultants, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, transport and Tourism also gave us similar feedback. We started our business in the training simulator market through the seminar and it was a fruitful event. In the exhibition space, our Kinect(TM) VR sensor was exhibited and many visitors could experience the latest VR technology. Please look forward to our up-coming activities in FORUM8 Korean office!

Seminar site Presenters
Presenters:(Right photo)
From left, Mr.LimDongwook from Korea traffic safety, KOTI Ph.D.Lee Dongmin from KOTI, Ph.D. Kim and Mr. Jogmin from KICT, Matsuda and Riku from FORUM8, EAN Tech Ph.D. Son Wondeuk from EAN Tech, Ph.D. Parkyoungjin from National Institute for Disaster Prevention, National Emergency Management Agency, Ph.D. Joo Youngeun from E&G IT)

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4th International Automotive Electronics Technology Expo
(Car Electronics Japan)
Dates: January 19-21, 2011 Venue: Tokyo Big Sight (Up&Coming 2011 Early spring issue)

FORUM8 joined the 4th International Automotive Electronics Technology Expo, or Car Electronics Japan, exhibiting and demonstrating new features of UC-win/Road Ver.5.1 and UC-win/Road for RoboCar (R) Ver.2, which has adapted positioning system based on augmented reality technology. Along with experience demonstrations and 3D Stereo Driving Simulator, we could successfully finished 3 day conference, enjoying having lots of visitors.
RoboCar (R), which we are introducing often, was born out of the visit by ZMP President Taniguchi to FORUM8 booth at the 2nd International Automotive Electronics Technology Expo.
Regarding the robot business of FORUM8 which originated from the partnership with ZMP Corporation, development plans of office robot was selected as one of "the designated research and development plans" backed by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and has become one of the most prominent business of FORUM8 which is actively developing new business.
Because of the space constraint, only half of the circuit for RoboCar(R) was exhibited, however reverse driving which has become possible in the latest version drew attention, and became an ideal opportunity for appealing new features and possible applications of parking lot simulation.
RoboCar(R), which we have exhibited, allows identifying the exact location in 3D space by using a positioning system based on the augmented reality technology called AURELO. Besides driving experience on circuit course, picking up RoboCar (R) allows you to check the position in 3D space on your monitor, which is recognized by AURELO by combining with the camera-captured image. With these features, visitors experienced the precise result by comparing the reality and the screen.
"Since I can examine the theory and the research concurrently with watching moving object in reality, it is helpful to have an image and it easily leads to a new idea", "Since there is already a model, a base on which I stand and I can start by making a model first" were among visitors feedback. We could feel again the effectiveness and the potentiality of utilizing model and VR through the voices of visitors.
FORUM8 has launched 3D Physical Modeling Service last year. FORUM8 is actively offering system proposal in combination of physical model and VR, which is expected to be used in various applications in future.
As the new feature introduction of UC-win/Road Ver.5.1, which was another highlight of the conference, a demonstrator showed the new features, operating the driving simulation by using a large display. With the latest version-up, significant improvements have been made to vehicle dynamics model, and it can now reproduce various phenomena during driving by a faithful modeling from the engine to the wheels.
In particular, demonstration of the case where coefficient of friction was set in extreme value was very popular. Many visitors seemed to be impressed by seeing tires skidding or vehicle falling along a slope when the setting was done assuming snowy or icy road, which was rather new scene compared with existing simulation of driving in normal condition.
Other features include tunnel lighting, improved crash handling, VISSIM and many new features. Keep your eye on continuous evolution of UC-win/Road.

RoboCar(R) has attracted visitors with new features including back driving and AURELO Many visitors stopped at our booth to see the demonstration of UC-win/Road ver.5.1 new feature

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Japan Symposium on Software Testing 2011 Tokyo
Date: January 25-26, 2011
Organized by: JaSST'11 Tokyo Executive Committee
Venue: Meguro Gajoen, Tokyo
(Up&Coming 2011 Early spring issue)

JaSST: Japan Symposium on Software Testing 2011 Tokyo was held for the purpose of providing and sharing various information about studies or example cases, stressing the keyword of software test. At the 9th JaSST of this year, which began in 2003, participants from various backgrounds including developers, administrators, quality control engineers as well as software test engineers were attracted to the event.
FORUM8 has been presenting papers over the past five years at the symposium and tried to improve testing technologies and methodologies. FORUM8 presented a paper this year, titled "Evaluation of automated regression test using UWSC" made by our software testing engineer. Windows automatic operation tool. FORUM8 has announced that the cost for automating testing works can be reduced by using UWSC and that even employee who has not experienced in UWSC can understand the test script in 2-3 weeks and conduct regression testing.
The first day of the symposium of started with Mr. Lee Copeland (Software Quality Engineering) Keynote speech, titled "Testing Trends and Innovations". Mr. Copeland discussed the future testing trend, mentioning: "cloud tool test", tested by multiple members on cloud computing environment; "weekend test ", which is becoming popular in Europe and India; "exploratory testing", which is advantages while software development.
Other interesting lectures include invited lectures about the software development which completed the mission of JAXA's asteroid spacecraft "Hayabusa", a popular topic in the last year and introduction of testing in the field of game development by a development engineer of SEGA Corporation.
FORUM8 will pursue the improvement of the product quality in future, through the information and knowledge we have gained in these symposia and by and proposing and utilizing better testing methods .

Data flow at the time of executing UWSC test script

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FORUM8 Design Festival 2010-3Days
(Up&Coming 2011 New Year Issue)
Hosted by FORUM8 Held from November 17-19, 2010 At Meguro Gajoen, Tokyo Japan
Supported by CG-ARTS Society, Kentsu Shinbunsha, Kyoryo & Toshi Project (Bridge & Urban Project Monthly Magazine)
Cooperated by Nikkei Construction (Nikkei BP)
A Variety of Advanced Solutions and New Possibilities Presented
Welcoming Guests from in and outside of Japan on the Largest Scale in the Past in Commemoration of the 24th (3 by 8) Anniversary

FORUM8 held "FORUM8 Design Festival 2010-3Days" for three days from 17 - 19 November 2010.

"Design Conference", "UC-win/Road conference", "International VR Symposium", and "3D VR Simulation Contest", which had previously been held separately were integrated similarly with the last time. This Design Festival comprised diverse lectures and presentations by the leading researchers and specialists in each field in and outside of the nation, as well as those involved with advanced solutions using the latest technologies and tools.

At the same time, since this year falls on our 24th (= 3 by 8) anniversary of foundation, the festival was held in Meguro Gajoen, as the largest-scale event in the past.

Yuji Ito, President, FORUM8

The Entire Organization of the Festival and Positioning of Each Event
In this Design Festival, we had "the 4th Design Conference" on Day1 organized by sessions of <Civil Engineering and Analysis>, <Architecture / BIM>, and <Hydraulic Engineering>, "VR Conference" including "the 11th UC-win/Road Conference" and "the 4th International VR Symposium" on Day2, and "the 9th 3D VR Simulation Contest" on Day3.

The 4th Design Conference is based on "UC-win/FRAME (3D) Conference" that started in October 2003 following the release of "UC-win/FRAME (3D)" for three-dimensional (3D) dynamic nonlinear analysis. Since 2007, this has been enhanced and held at the same time with "UC-win/UC-1 User Conference", to form the present Design Conference.

UC-win/Road Conference started in 2000, when the 3D real time VR (Virtual Reality) software "UC-win/Road" was released. It was expanded to include "VR-Studio Conference" following the release of "VR-Studio", 3D large-scale multi VR in 2009, stepping into the 11th time this year.

Exploring a new direction of 3D VR, a global network of architectural and construction researchers "World 8" was organized in 2007. In the same year, "International VR Symposium" got off the ground as a place to present the research products. This year, the 4th Symposium was held with the members doubled in number from the beginning, called "World 16", though some of the members switched with others, presenting and discussing the research products and ideas.

"3D VR Simulation Contest" was established when UC-win/Road received "Software Product of the Year" in 2002. This year we organized our 9th contest, presenting novel ideas, new technologies, or works that reflect international colors.

The following is the summary and points of each event in the Design Festival.

The lobby was full of people all day long, where DS, RoboCarR was displayed and books were available for purchase.

[Day1] The 4th Design Conference

Three Sessions of <Civil Engineering / Analysis>, <Architecture / BIM>,
and <Hydraulic Engineering>
Introducing State-of-the-art Technologies Through Special Lectures by Expert Researchers and Users in Each Theme

On the 1st day of "FORUM8 Design Festival 2010 ? 3Days", the Organizer's greetings by our President Yuji Ito opened "the 4th Design Conference".

Day1 Started with the Special Lecture "The Latest and State-of-the-art Technologies of Civil Engineering and the Future Outlook"
The Design Conference started with a plenary session. Mr. Masaaki Yabe, Director, earthquake-resistant technology department, structural project division, Chodai Co. Ltd. gave a special lecture entitled "The latest and state-of-the-art technology of civil engineering and the future outlook: design criteria, a large-scale model experiment for structural elements, and a verification example using E-Defense". First, he talked about the present situation of performance design, the reason why the allowable values (design criteria) for earthquake-resistant design to secure quake-proof performance in Specifications for highway bridges Part5 Seismic design, then realization of performance design and criteria setting. Next, he explained about the full-scale model experience for structural elements composing highway bridges (reinforced concrete piers, single column/rigid-frame steel piers, infrastructure, base-isolated bearings, a rubber extension device, a bridge collapse prevention unit), and verification of design criteria through experiments using E-Defense (reinforced-concrete piers designed under the present Specifications for highway bridges, reinforced concrete piers causing flexural failure designed using the former specifications, RC piers of next-generation). Lastly, he mentioned expectation towards experiments with E-Defense.
Mr. Masaaki Yabe, Director, earthquake-resistant technology department, structural project division, Chodai Co. Ltd.

Following this, a FORUM8 staff member made a presentation "E-Defense Blind Analysis Contest report: the newest functions of UC-win/FRAME (3D) / Engineer's Studio". The first half of the presentation included the summary of "preliminary analysis of C1-6 experiment contest using E-Defense" sponsored by National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, in which FORUM8 got the first prize in the rupture analysis section as a joint team with Tokyo City University, the summary of the analysis method and models used in the contest, points of the analysis, comparison between the results of analysis and the experiments, and discussion based on them. In the second half, the newest functions of UC-win/FRAME (3D) and Engineer's Studio and their development plans in the future were explained. In addition, the speaker mentioned "Concrete Column Blind Prediction Contest 2010" in the USA, which FORUM8 participated recently.

From 1:00pm, technical sessions were carried out separately for 4 hours and a half according to the three themes of <Civil Engineering / Analysis>, <Architecture / BIM>, and <Hydraulic Engineering>.

The venue for the main conference where Mr. Yabe gave his lecture was Maiogi, a large-sized hall in Meguro Gajoen, which was almost full.

Civil Engineering / Analysis session (Stream-1)

The session in the afternoon got started with a special lecture entitled "Let's play with numerical simulation! Structural analysis seen through parametric study" given by Professor Hiromichi Yoshikawa, Earthquake Risk Management Lab., Tokyo City University Advanced Research Laboratories. First, he talked about the development of commercial software for structural analysis and seismic design, and the advantage of improving efficiency by using the advanced package software. After showing specific examples of analysis by numeric simulation, he mentioned that it would be important to create tables and figures of the analysis results. Next, he explained case studies of using parametric study. Finally, he introduced a new publication "Structural analysis with numeric simulation" and expected towards super engineers who make free use of these advanced commercial software and computer environment across the daily design tasks.

Professor Hiromichi Yoshikawa, Earthquake Risk Management Lab., Tokyo City University Advanced Research Laboratories

The next special lecture was "Analysis examples of seismic performance verification using FRAME3D" given by Mr. Makoto Kanai, Manager of Analysis Dept., Applied Technology Co., Ltd. He explained about the expressions of "Level 2 seismic vibration" and "a certain degree of damage is allowable" described in the Guideline of seismic performance verification for riparian structures (draft) developed by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) in March 2007 and its commentary, as well as nonlinear analysis that reflects them, modeling with beam elements, and analysis using M-ϥroperty. Based on this, he further talked about the features and cautions of UC-win/FRAME (3D) in verifying riparian structures. He then described in detail the analysis case that he actually conducted on a sluice / Watergate and a pumping station making full use of the effect. He kept on talking about his view on the Guideline and riparian structures and issues, the advantages of UC-win/FRAME (3D) there and his request for improvement, and how they are doing in using it.

Mr. Makoto Kanai, Manager of Analysis Dept., Applied Technology Co., Ltd.

The second half of the session was opened up by Mr. Haruhiro Hori, Deputy Secretary of technology and Asset Management Dept, Sanyu Consultants Inc. with a special lecture "Seismic verification method with response displacement of a large-scale pumping station using Engineer's Studio and UWLC". He proposed seismic countermeasure that helps reduce cost by accurately grasping the greatest possible earthquake-resistant performance of existing pumping stations instead of the current design criteria of newly constructed structures. First, he expounded on the structure of a large-scale pumping station and the characteristics of the construction site, and the system of verification method. He said that the realistic verification method for seismic design of underground structure is the response-displacement method. As the methods for structural analysis, one-dimensional effective stress analysis by UWLC was designated for ground motions analysis, and three-dimensional elasto-plastic static analysis with Engineer's Studio for structural analysis. After showing the structural analysis system and the developmental concept of the verification system of seismic design in consideration of nonlinear and elastic-plasticity, he presented specific examples of analysis, analysis results, and his own evaluation through them. He further talked about possibility of new approach and challenges.

Mr. Haruhiro Hori, Deputy Secretary of technology and Asset Management Dept, Sanyu Consultants Inc.

Next, Professor Keizo Ukai, Graduate School of Gunma University gave a special lecture entitled "Forefront of research on earthquake landslides: numerical analysis of slope stability during earthquake and 3DVR simulation". In the first half, he expounded on the investigation of the mechanism of collapse by liquefaction that Professor Ukai conducted with UWLC over Chuetsu Earthquake (Niigata Pref., 2004) and the analysis of countermeasure construction for earthquakes and landslides. He then talked about the investigation of the mechanism of debris avalanche that occurred in China (the Wenchuan earthquake) and Indonesia (Cikangkareng). In the second half, Mr. Andhitiawarman Nugraha, who works in the Indonesian branch of Japanese consultant firm and is a graduate of the Gunma Univ., presented the process of producing the animation that represents debris avalanche with 3D VR with its products.

Professor Keizo Ukai, Graduate School of Gunma University

Next, Mr. Toshihiro Hanada, President of Bulld Geotechno Co., Ltd. gave a special lecture entitled "FEM stability analysis of a retaining wall installed on the site of slope failure on soft ground". He presented a ground analysis case conducted with GeoFEAS over the retaining wall planned to construct on the soft ground that had slope failure due to a heavy rain. He expounded the specific background of operation and the procedure of FEM analysis, use of the analysis results and their problems, and his view on GeoFEAS.

Mr. Toshihiro Hanada, President of Bulld Geotechno Co., Ltd.

The last presentation of the session was made by our staff member entitled "The Newest functions and support for the new guideline for fill work of Ground Analysis series". First, he explained about the points of Fill work guideline revised in 2010 based on the revision of Highway earthwork manual (2009), growing demands for FEM analysis of seepage flow caused by this, functions of VGFlow 2D and its positioning in FORUM8's Ground Analysis series. Next, he expounded on the functions of GeoFEAS 3D Ver.2 that was mounted and strengthened in the new edition, product makeup and functions of newly developed "Falling rocks simulation", and 3D visualization of the analysis results linked with UC-win/Road.

Architecture / BIM Session(Stream-2)
The latest research of 3D evacuation analysis using elevator was explained. Evacuation model of the venue using EXODUS

The Architecture / BIM Session started with the special lecture of Mr. Ed. Galea, Professor of FSEG (Fire Safety Engineering Group), University of Greenwich, who developed the advanced evacuation modeling software "EXODUS" and the fire modeling software "SMARTFIRE" from the afternoon in "Hanautage" as well as the Civil Design / Analysis Session.

Mr. Galea presented the research result of his specialty area, "Fire safety" and the latest development in the field of evacuation modeling with case examples such as airport and hospital. In the example, the simulation of the impact of evacuation sign on the evacuation behavior was introduced. In addition, he mentioned about the new version of EXODUS to be released in 2011, focusing on the merge function for each floor of the building with the escalator model, the simplification of spatial concept in room unit, the support for continuous node models, and the modeling / analysis with the mixture of these functions. As for the 3D analysis research of FSEG, he presented various verification of evacuation method with the research results of elevator modeling and the use of elevator in evacuation behavior.

Lastly, the lecture ended with an introduction of the evacuation model of the lecture room, "Hanautage" in Meguro Gajoen".
FSEG, University of Greenwich, Professor, Ed.Galea

Verification of the use of photo luminescent tape for evacuation guidance using VR whilst preserving the architectural design

Next, the special lecture "Evacuation guidance system, SWGS-light storage type" by Mr. Yukio Ota, administrative director of NPO Sign Center was held. Mr. Ota has been involved with the establishment of a standard for the evacuating guiding system and he introduced the background of the emergency exit sign, various kinds of sign such as the evacuation in wide area or tsunami case, and the related experiments. He said "It is important for the evacuation sign to be standardized with pictogram so that everyone can recognize it in one glance.

As for the evacuation guidance using photo luminescent tape, he mentioned "The 10 centimeters wide tape based on the standard in USA negatively influenced the design of building" and suggested an alternative proposal to cause minimum disruption to the existing design. It was demonstrated that 2.5 ? 5 centimeters of tape width could balance functionality and design as well as play the role of evacuation guidance through the verification in VR.

At the end of lecture, he introduced the movie of VR data created by UC-win/Road which describes the prototype of evacuation guidance with the narrow type of photo luminescent tape. It was visualized that both of architectural design and evacuation guidance could be performed simultaneously.
NPO Sign Center, Yukio Ota

Trend of developing BIM related field and case studies of Japan and abroad were presented

The contents of the latter half of this session were about the latest technology using BIM (Building Information Modeling) method and the case examples.

At first, it started with the lecture "Build Live Tokyo 2010 (BLT2010) and the latest information of BIM" by Mr. Junichi Yamashita, IAI Japan. He explained how BIM affects the construction process by introducing the activity of IAI, the BIM design competition "BuildLive Tokyo", and the current condition of BIM guideline in each country.

He mentioned that the BIM / IFC were likely to be required in each country and he explained that the data format of IFC and BIM had to be used for submitting in the open competition of the national museum design in Oslo, Denmark and 1,300 of works were applied in this data format.

For foreign examples, he mentioned the BIM implementation planning in the US Army Corps of Engineers. The National BIM Standard (NBIMS) was established and it was aimed to be perfectly implemented by 2012. "Cobie Project" which benefited from it was introduced.

The Cobie project involved the submission and linkage of BIM data with FM management. Previously, the information was exchanged based on the paper format. He explained that the project is intended to streamline the process at the management step by replacing the existing method by the digital information with BIM data. The wide range of information of BIM from the trend of Japan to abroad was provided through the lectures.
IAI Japan, Junichi Yamashita

Attentive attendees listened in anticipation and keen interest.
ssThe questions and answers on the future development of architecture /BIM were actively carried out.

The explanation of the latest function of BIM related software with the report of Build Live Tokyo 2010

After the lecture of Mr.Yamashita, our staff made the presentation on BIM products.

Firstly, "Build Live Tokyo 2010" which was held in November 2010 where FORUM 8 participated as "TeamF8W16" was reported. This is the BIM design competition organized by Japan IAI as explained in the lecture of Mr. Yamashita. Allplan was used as BIM platform and the data of various FORUM8 products were linked with them to consider the planning by simulation. It was introduced that the VR data of each planning step was opened via cloud service "UC-win/Road for SaaS" so that anyone could easily join in the process of the consensus building.

The case examples of evacuation and fire modeling software "EXODUS/SMARTFIRE" which was used for the crowd simulation of building model in Build Live Tokyo 2010.

Next, the latest function of BIM integrated solution "Allplan" and building energy analysis software "Design Builder" were presented. As for Allplan, it was explained the effective 3D bar arrangement simulation with the support for the timber building and the improved function of quantity takeoff, and the linkage with our UC-1 Series CAD integrated products such as "Bridge Pier Design".

At the end of this session, the new version of "Underground parking design" and "Design calculation of architectural pile foundation" and the latest information of UC-1 architectural design solution were presented.

VR data for Build Live Tokyo 2010

Hydraulic Engineering Session(Stream-3)
Valuable occasion for the discussion of the existence of water in the urban area

The Hydraulic Engineering Session also served as the third xpswmm user meeting (organized by SWMM user group, supported by NPO Water Environment Construction Club, FORUM8, XP-software Pty Ltd.) The chairman of user group, Professor Yoshihisa Kawahara, Hiroshima University Graduate School made an opening speech and mentioned that this session would be valuable occasion to discuss the existence of water in the urban area as a number of problems of the water amount and water quality occurred by the guerrilla heavy rain.

Professor Kawahara made a presentation with the theme of "The latest rainstorm disaster and the future development of the flood inundation analysis technologies" after his speech. He explained the type of heavy rain disaster, the reason, and the outbreak mechanism of heavy rain and he raised the damage example of the guerilla heavy rain as the characteristic of the recent rain disaster.

Professor Yoshihisa Kawahara, Hiroshima University Graduate School

The special lecture "Evaluating microorganism contamination by combining the result of urban flood analysis and water quality test" by Professor Hiroaki Furumai, Graduate school of engineering, University of Tokyo followed. The five points of views, river improvement, water utilization, hydrophilia, maintenance of aquatic ecosystem, and the management of heat via water were explained. As the case study of xpswmm the urban flood analysis for Hanoi city, Vietnam was featured and it was mentioned that there was a match between the actual record of flood and the simulation results.

Professor Hiroaki Furumai, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo

Panel discussion where various speakers with different background such as river and sewerage gathered together

In the latter half of the session, it started with the special lecture of Professor Masaru Morita, Shibaura Institute of Technology "Risk management of rainwater drainage and flood in the urban area". Mr. Morita indicated the concept of the risk management of disaster prevention, reduction, and flood and he mentioned the background of the model until the current advanced analysis theory was established as the history of runoff analysis model.

Professor Masaru Morita, Shibaura Institute of Technology

The next presentation was conducted by Dr. Ashis Dey, XP-software with the theme "Analysis of hydraulic design series and UC-win/Road for xpswmm". He mentioned that the challenge in modeling with 1D analysis theory, 2D analysis theory, and the mixture of 1D/2D.

Dr. Ashis Dey Principal, XP-software Pty Ltd.

At the end, the special lecture "Utilization of runoff analysis model" was performed by Takateru Ishikawa, NPO Water Environment Construction Club with the panel discussion. The speakers of this session, Mr. Kawahara, Mr. Furumai, Mr. Morita, Mr. Dey were participated in the discussion as the panelist and the following four themes were discussed: "Interpretation of effective rainfall (effective rainfall and runoff coefficient)", "Rainfall size and application model (1D model and 1D / 2D model)", "Enhancement of the applied range (Maintenance for rainfall and flood damage)", "Utilization of runoff analysis model (Rainfall countermeasure and utilization of model)". Under Mr. Ishikawa's lead, active discussions from different viewpoints pertaining to different backgrounds such as river and sewerage were carried out together with the opinions from the general audience.

Mr. Takateru Ishikawa, NPO Water Environment Construction Club

Panel discussion with the theme of "Utilization of runoff analysis model"

[Day2] The 11th International VR Conference

"The 11th UC-win/Road Conference" and "The 4th International VR Symposium" were held on Day2
With "Technical Support Session" by our development engineers

On the second day, the 11th UC-win/Road Conference and the 4th International VR Symposium started in the space separated from the large room from morning. UC-win/Road Conference progressed with two sessions, Main Session and Driving Simulator Session from afternoon. With the technical support sessions held in different rooms, our development engineers were able to take care of customers with various solution queries including UC-1, UC-win, and BIM&VR.

Main Session

Firstly, "Current condition of development and future expansion of UC-win/Road Ver.5 and VR-Studio" was presented by FORUM8 staff. It was introduced in the case studies of system development, the project adopted by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) "Consensus formation support via cloud computing", the new services in 3D scan, point cloud modeling, and 3D modeling with the new functions of UC-win/Road Ver.5. In addition, the expansion of cloud SaaS function, the movement of pedestrian crowds, FBX animation, the sliding type of presentation function were mentioned as the development for Ver.6. Finally, the new functions and current development condition of VR-Studio? Ver.1.3 were introduced alongside with the demonstration of the latest features such as intersection and traffic functions.

Case studies of UC-win/Road and VR were presented by different type of professionals

The first speaker of the afternoon special lecture was Mr. Philippe Marsaud, Technical manager of BMIA in France, who has been involved in the consultancy works of monitor and control system for fifteen years. He explained the advantage of linking monitoring system SCADA with UC-win/Road with the theme "Uses of UC-win/Road in a 3D simulation software for training Road and Tunnels operators". He said "The first version of this system made use of a game engine but the representation was not realistic hence I decided to adopt UC-win/Road. We will expand the system with the use of plug-in and spread the complete system for the tunnel management both in and out of France in future."

Mr. Philippe Marsaud, Technical manager, BMIA

Next, in the special lecture by Professor Lee Dongmin, Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) "Traffic studies considering the aspect of traffic users" followed. He talked about the driver's perception and traffic system and he explained that three factors: user, vehicle, and environment interlock. He said that the VR allows the quick judgment and action through clear perception and he found it is suitable for the measurement of driver's perception. He also mentioned this method would be useful for clarification and research of driver's thinking process. The actual case study of UC-win/Road was introduced via movie and the effectiveness of UC-win/Road for clarification of driver's perception was explained.

Professor, Lee Dongmin, Korea Transport Institute (KOTI)

Professor Nashwan Dawood, Teesside University in UK lectured on the theme "Energy analysis and reduction in the built environment: the case for BIM and visualization technologies" and he introduced the utilization of ICT (BIM, integrated database, visualization technologies, and GIS) for the building environment. He mentioned that it is used for the existing buildings and it is aimed that about 20 percent of CO2 would be reduced.

Professor, Nashwan Dawood, Teesside University

The first speaker of the latter half of the session was Mr. Michael Manore, TRB Visualization in Transportation Committee with the theme of "The growth of the 3D visualization Market in the USA". Mr. Manore, who has been involved with the visualization of the civil engineering design for a long time, introduced the intelligent bridge with the sensor such as temperature and vibration.

Mr. Michael Manore, TRB Visualization in Transportation Committee

Next up was the special lecture of Mr. Keiichi nishikawa, LBS project manager, RFID LBS system engineering center, Electronic system project department, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation lectured with the title of "Modeling using data measured by MMS for maintenance management". The VR data of "Umihotaru" with the point cloud measurement and the system which allows the detection of the traffic sign and manhole and transformation to the ledger was introduced. The void and the point to be repaired can be specified through the linkage of underground radar with MMS and it can be used for the checking and maintenance of the tunnel.

Mr. Keiichi nishikawa, LBS project manager, RFID LBS system engineering center, Electronic system project department, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

At the end of this session, our staff explained the function of UC-win/Road point cloud plugin and 12D Model plugin following the lecture of Mr. Nishikawa and demonstrated these features.

Driving Simulator Session

The first special lecture of DS session was conducted by Associate Professor Muneo Yamada, Meijo University with the theme of "Utilization of driving simulator for detecting driver's condition". Regarding the traffic accident and its main cause, driving capability (perception, judgment, and operation), he explained the detection method of the depressed consciousness and the existing waking method, the waking method with "the supply of fragrance" under investigation and he also reported on the experimental results of the detection.

Vibration, gum, coffee, and buzzer sound were used for the existing research, but he mentioned "we focused on the olfactory stimulation by supplying the fragrance which doesn't interfere with the driving action" for this time. Regarding the measurement system of driving capacity for the aged driver, he explained the experimental result from two points of view, available view and perception/judgment.

Associate Professor, Muneo Yamada, Meijo University

Next, the special lecture of Mr. William L. Curtice, VSAT USA (Virtual Simulation & Training Inc.) followed with the title of "Research to define driving simulator performance and vehicle dynamics fidelity requirements for training driving skills". He has involved in the virtual simulator for training from the military forces to driver in VSAT after developing the training system in US Air Force for 37 years. Based on the experience, he explained the training theory and method. "The age doesn't affect the training result but the empirical value (driving experience) does." he mentioned. He emphasized the importance of a lot of training and having the survival techniques for the improved driving. Moreover, he also mentioned the availability for the training simulator for the UC-win/Road Ver.5 high quality dynamics.

Mr. William L. Curtice, vice president of VSAT

Following the lecture of Mr. Curtice, our staff presented on "UC-win/Road Ver.5 Driving Sim functions". As well as the engine and suspension function of vehicle moving model, he mentioned the detailed setting of vehicle allows the realistic simulation by the linkage with CarSim. In addition, he introduced the scenario function and ECO drive in addition to the sound system, each simulator, and cluster function.

In the latter half of session, two presentation in the development of carrobotics platform, RoboCar(R) followed. The special lecture was performed by Ms. Yoko Imanishi, ZMP Inc. with the theme of "RoboCar(R) and VR which accelerate the research and development of next generation mobility, EV". In addition to the actual vehicle sized of very small electronic vehicle, RoboCar(R) Micro EV, the features and functions of 9 axis motion sensor, CO2 sensor, and wireless electrocardiographic were introduced. Moreover, the usage example and the introduction example of scale model car were presented and the demand and background until RoboCar(R) and VR solution are linked were explained.

Ms. Yoko Imanishi, new project development department, ZMP Inc.

In the next presentation, the current and the future development of RoboCar(R) and UC-win/Road for RoboCar(R) using MindSet & VR and AURELO(AUgmented REality LOcalization system) were introduced by our development staff.

The 4th International VR Symposium
"VR Opens Up ICT Innovation" - World 16 Presents Research Products of 2010

Before presentations by the members of World 16, The 4th International VR Symposium got started with speech by Dr. Yoshihiro Kobayashi, Prism Lab. Research Associate, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University/ FORUM8 AZ CEO & President, who had been leading this activity from the beginning. He talked about the goals and missions of World 16 and the past activities, and then introduced the members of this time.

Presentations of World 16

The first presentation was made by Prof. Thomas Tucker, Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts, Winston Salem State University, entitled "Reconstruction of the Al Bastakiya Cultural Quarter". In collaboration with Prof. Ronald Hawker, Associate Professor, Dubai Campus, Zayed University and others, he aimed to represent Al Bstakiya cultural district using VR with the students of each universities. He expounded the processes of modeling buildings, people, animals, and ships in conformity with tradition and animating them.
Prof. Thomas Tucker, Winston Salem State University / USA

Prof. Michael Jemtrud, Associate Professor of Architecture, Director, School of Architecture, McGill University (Canada) made a presentation about "Using UC-win/Road to support public engagement and participatory design on major city-building project" that he works jointly with Instructor Heather Braiden and others. He reported on a project of designing the area in the city of Montreal where infrastructural facilities such as railroads, expressways, and canals converge in cooperation with residents. In this process, he aimed to build environmental models to obtain consensus of various stakeholders using UC-win/Road. He presented the activities and results so far.
Prof. Michael Jemtrud, McGill University / Canadad

Prof. Wael Abdelhameed, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, University of Bahrain made a presentation on his joint research "VR applications in project management (PM): scheduling and reporting". First, he summarized the concept of PM and the related tools and then showed the simulation of the project for which he used VR for scheduling and reporting. He mentioned comparison with GIS, advantages and potential of VR, and challenges.s
Prof. Wael Abdelhameed, University of Bahrain / Bahraind

As the last presentation in the morning, Tomohiro Fukuda, Associate Professor of Environmental Design & Information Technology, Division of Sustainable Energy & Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University made a presentation "Development of optimizing system from 3D laser scanner data to VR for urban design study". This is to create digital data out of a physical scale model using 3D laser scanner. He expounded the system developed for representing faces and edges clearly while reducing the data amount. He then demonstrated the result linked with UC-win/Road.
Prof. Tomohiro Fukuda, Osaka University / Japan

In the afternoon, Prof. Marc Aurel Schnabel, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong made the first presentation entitled "Touching the untouchable: immersive virtual design studio". In exploring approaches to communicating on design, he paid attention to the method using VR. He talked about its overview, possibilities that emerged from that, his idea and challenges towards the future development.s
Prof. Marc Aurel Schnabel, the Chinese University of Hong Kong / Hong Kong

Next, Matthew Swarts, Research Scientist, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology made a presentation "Isovist analysis realized through point cloud visualization in UC-win/Road". He first expounded on the mechanism of space recognition and recognizing techniques based on them. As part of such research, he introduced model examples developed using UC-win/Road development kit SDK. He is further planning to apply it to constructing process to use for safety analysis and such.
Research Scientist Matthew Swarts, Georgia Institute of Technology / USA

Prof. Paolo Fiamma, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department, University of Pisa (Italy) made a presentation "Designing the interaction between people and built environment in Italian historical city centers". He created 3D models for the development project ongoing in the historical urban area. Particularly focusing on constructing a parking lot, he made a simulation of pedestrians' flow and its influence on the traffic. He said that he would enlarge this method for the common issue among European nations.
Prof. Paolo Fiamma, University of Pisa / Italy

Prof. Marcos Novak, Professor, Media Arts & Technology Graduate Program, University of California, Santa Barbara made a presentation "Media field navigation". As part of his own research on the fusion of art and science, he expounded on the relationship between the physical brain and the mental brain, and various art derived from that. In addition, he envisaged development of navigation by interfacing UC-win/Road.
Prof. Marcos Novak, University of California, Santa Barbara

As the last presentation of the first half of the afternoon part, Prof. Taro Narahara, Assistant Professor, College of Architecture and Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology, made a presentation "From visualization to generative applications". After summing up his efforts of developing a plug-in that enables real time interaction, he expounded a new point of view that it would be used not only for visualization but also as an active design tool. He presented an example of visualizing influences of obstacles or intuitions on human behavioral patterns and representing them in 3D on UC-win/Road. He also mentioned the future challenges relating to human behavioral models and interface interaction.
Prof. Taro Narahara, New Jersey Institute of Technology

After the break, Lecturer Amar Bennadji, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Design and Technology, Robert Gordon University (RGU, UK) made a presentation "Traffic and Pollution control: remodeling routes and access to RGU" As the campus of RGU moves, he made suggestions for establishing a car park and a pedestrian crossover bridge in consideration of the traffic and environment. He made a VR simulation of the influence that they will have on the present congestion around Dee Bridge.
Prof. Amar Bennadji, Robert Gordon University / UK

Next, Prof. Kostas Terzidis, Associate Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University made a presentation "Personal informatics: Life paths". He expounded the idea of drawing the paths selected by one's own sensibility. He mentioned the influences of environment such as sound, sinarios, and VR images, saying that the paths drawn there reflect him or herself and that it is important to transfer such information into the world.
Prof. Kostas Terzidis, Harvard University / USA

The last presentation of World 16 was "City Design Generation without Scripting" by Dr. Yoshihiro Kobayashi, the representative. He expounded the past research progress and the outcome of development through World 16. He also explained his efforts of meeting the needs of generating city models automatically in a short time.
Dr. Yoshihiro Kobayashi, Prism Lab. Arizona State University,
FORUM8 AZ CEO & President / USA

After finishing all presentations, Academy prize for the research products of World 16 was awarded to Prof. Thomas Tucker, Research Scientist Matthew Swarts, Prof. Taro Narahara, and Prof. Amar Bennadji.

[Day3] 9th 3D VR Simulation Contest

Diversification, sophistication, and internationalization of the advanced VR

FORUM8 held the 9th 3D VR Simulation Contest on the third day of "FORUM8 Design Festival 2010-3Days", November 19, 2010 in the large hall, Maiogi, Meguro Gajoen.
As the contest which started when UC-win/Road received a prize of software product of the year (2002) is the 9th in the series as well as this year is 3 x 8 =24th anniversary for FORUM8, the contest was held in the gorgeous site. UC-win/Road Ver.5 was released and the presentation which focused on the new functions of the new version gained a fine reputation as the maturity of VR grows.

Location : Maiogi, MeguroGajoen November 19, 2010

For this time, in addition to the three judges, Mr. Hiroo Kasagi (NPO Chiiki Zukuri Kobou), Mr. Fumio Seki (Taisei Corporation), Mr. Shinsuke Kitagawa (Yachiyo Engineering), Mr. Yoshihiro Kobayashi (Prism Laboratory, Arizona State University) was in charge of selecting committee. Before the final judgement, the trial was implemented by above four selecting committee on November 5. The top eleven works were nominated from a number of applied works (6 from Japan, 5 from overseas).

Announcement of the nominated works (November 2, 2010)

On the day of the contest, it started with the special invited speech of Mr. Aidan Chopra, Google evangelist with the title of "Google and the latest development information of SketchUp". The each presenter of the nominated works made a presentation on their work for fifteen minutes and the awarded works were decided by the votes of contest visitors and judges.
When the final result was announced, Mr. Seki commented on behalf of the judges. Each judge announced the special award and commented for it. Since this time, the development award was added to the special judgment award and it was announced by Mr. Yoshihiro Kobayashi.

Mr. Aidan Chopra, Evangelist, Google Inc. Results announcement

When viewed throughout the contest, there were a variety types of models including the model which represents theVR's speciality "Future" to give the experience, and the models which represents the disaster occurred in the "Past", however many of them were the one representing "Present".It was focused that the work representing the sense of living in the favorite town.
The each awarded works and their contents of the 9th "3D VR Simulation Contest" are presented from the next page.

Awarded works

The animation movie of the prize winner site)UC-win/Road Video Gallery
"Proposal of underground installation of Hanshin expressway and improved city using VR"
Faculty of Policy Studies, Kansai University
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The underground installation of Hanshin expressway is visualized to illustrate the beautiful landscape in the urban area, secure green and pedestrian space and to maintain the wide city space while proposing for the improvement of OSAKA city. It is used to discuss in a wide range of issues relating to reorganization. In addition, the analysis of traffic or pedestrians' movement and disaster are performed considering different time frames. Consideration of space reallocation to maximize utilization of the city in the future was also carried out.

The article of 3DVR Contest Grand Prix work was posted on Kenplatz construction IT, Nikkei BP.

-10/11/26 Ieiri's construction IT Lab "Osaka without elevated bridges-The best work of virtual reality contest"

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"Highway driving simulator system"
East Nippon Expressway Co., Ltd
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Events with potential danger on the expressway was represented in VR to illustrate safe driving through the evaluation and analysis of the experience drive behavior. The advanced reality was sought for the road structure such as road accessories (signs), building, plant, vehicle movement. The result of experience driving data is stored and analyzed to be used for safe driving.

"Debris avalanche simulation"
Faculty of Engineering, Gunma University
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A large-sized debris avalanche occurred in Cikangkareng due to the earthquake (M7.3) in the off Indian Ocean, the west of Java. This avalanche was simulated in 3D VR in the inhabitant workshop to investigate the actual condition. In addition, the mechanism of debris movement is represented in a 3D environment to illustrate the opinions of geology experts for the proposal of various effective uses.

"STRIDING AHEAD! Modeling Unpredictable Pedestrian Road Crossing Behavior"
Abley Transportation Consultants Limited (New Zealand)
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Iiam Road is located in a residential area of Christchurch and provides access to the University of Canterbury. Due to its close proximity large numbers of pedestrians walk along and cross Iiam Road, often informally taking the quickest routes. Safety and efficiency concerns have lead to the need for a redevelopment of Ilam Road. In order to represent the nature of university students who tend to cross the road at random locations rather than using formalized crossings the UC-win/Road Micro simulation player plugin was used in conjunction with an S-Paramics model and the S- Paramics plugin.

"A publicity drive simulator for EV and charging system in SmartGrid"
SK Energy Co., Ltd. (Korea)
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The public facility is constructed in Jeju island, Korea, where the large-sized experiment of SmartGrid is conducted. SmartGrid, which produces the battery for electronic vehicles made use of the VR system in UC-win/Road to develop an experience drive simulator. This simulator searches the area for battery charging locations while driving in the EV vehicle environment.


Mr. Hiroo Kasagi, NPO Chiiki Zukuri Kobou
Mr. Fumio Seki, Taisei Engineering Co., Ltd.
Mr. Sinsuke Kitagawa, Yachiyo Engineering Co., Ltd.
Dr. Yoshihiro Kobayashi, Prism Lab. Arizona State University,
FORUM8 AZ CEO & President / USA
Mr. Sinsuke Kitagawa, Yachiyo Engineering Co., Ltd.
"VR simulation for the proposal of the ground facilities construction"
Asunaro Aoki Construction Co., Ltd
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The simulation is performed from various types of view point including player, trainer, inhabitant, facility manager, and observer for the construction of the new ground in the university. UC-win/Road is created to share the completed image and provide the exercise environment which meets the surrounding environment.

HONORABLE JUDGE'S AWARD  Regional Construction Award
 Mr. Hiroo Kasagi, NPO Chiiki Zukuri Kobou
"VR simulation of the crosswalk construction planning for the prevention of traffic accidents"
Korea Transportation Safety Authority(Korea)
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Analysis of accident locations where 6 fatalities occurred were marked over a period of five years and it was found that the reason behind accident occurrences was due to the distance of crossing, vehicle speed and slope gradient. Several projects were implemented for the safety issues including the construction of pedestrian road. This content was created in VR data to facilitate in the explanatory meeting with the residents. The features of this work include the surveying of location of the street lighting during night time, placement planning and the design considerations of a central island.

Mr. Fumio Seki, Taisei Engineering Co., Ltd
"VR utilization for consensus-building toward landscape formation of design city, Kobe"
Directorate general for Kobe city planning
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It is essential to create interest in Kobe city to maintain and build the landscape by covering a variety of landscapes ( sea, slope, and mountain). The exotic city is introduced by the exploration of the city model. The continuous model creation is carried out in the citizen participation workshop. In addition, it is used as a supporting tool for landscape consultation of building design and the regulation induction including height.

"VR data utilization and DS driving analysis system"
Taisei Engineering Co., Ltd
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The comparison of the driving route and the creation of supplementary documents are performed for Tomei expressway (which was in service since this spring) as well as the new route of Atsugi IC - Capital central road/Ebina IC. In addition, VR was used for the acquisition of the driving data from DS, output and analysis of the data, measurement of the driver's judgment time, verification and analysis of vehicles.

"BANJAR Water Park"
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"BANJAR Water Park" is the facility to be constructed by BANJAR city, Indonesia. The planning is proceeded as a large-scaled amusement pool for a number of tourists from domestic and overseas. The completed image and the access to the facility are represented in VR in this data. In addition, the image of visitors are playing in the pool can be experienced from the view of the visitors.

Final Results annoucement
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Awarding ceremony Photo shoot of award winners

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Road Expo Ireland
Date: October 13-14, 2010
Location:Royal Highland Center, Ireland
(Up&Coming 2011 New Year Issue)

Road Expo Ireland was held in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland on the 13th and the 14th of October, where FORUM8 exhibited its world-leading 3D VR software program, UC-win/Road and the road safety education software package, VR-Drive. FORUM8 was joined by their new partner in Ireland, ILTP Consulting, with whom we signed a partner agreement at the show.
ILTP consulting is a user and a distributor of S-Paramics in the Republic of Ireland. ILTP's director, Mr. Christy O'Sullivan, discovered UC-win/Road and believed that FORUM8's 3D VR technology, in combination with S-Paramics' traffic microsimulation, could provide them and their clients with endless possibilities.
Working with ILTP at the exhibition, FORUM8 Western Regional staff was able to cement a great relationship with ILTP staff and we believe that we will be able to work closely with ILTP in Ireland in the years to come.
We introduced our road safety education software package, VR-Drive, at the show. VR-Drive is aimed for school children to experience dangers on the road, such as cyclists and pedestrians so that when they come to learning how to drive on real cars, they already know what they should watch for while driving.
Officials from government agencies and local authorities attended the show and they were impressed, both by UC-win/Road and its capabilities to be used for consultations, and also by VR-Drive and its potential to reduce careless driving.

FORUM8 exhibition booth Mr. Christy O'Sullivan, director of ILTP (Right) and Brendan Hafferty, general manager of FORUM8 Western Regional Office (Left)

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2nd Shanghai International Disaster Reduction and Security Exhibition2010 / The largest platform for governmental procurement
Date:October 13-15, 2010
Location:Shanghai Exhibition Center, China
(Up&Coming 2011 New Year Issue)

"Shanghai International Disaster Reduction and Security Exhibition / The largest platform for government procurement" was held from October 13 to 15 by Shanghai Commercial Association and Dujiangyan City, Sichuan. This event has been held commemorating the international disaster mitigation day on October 14 every year. Various approaches and facilities such as the influence of strange weather and the counter measure of natural damage in worldwide level were exhibited. The site was full of visitors including Japanese visitors who came from Shizuoka prefecture where many earthquake disasters occurred.
Dujiangyan city, Sichuan was damaged from Sichuan Wun river occurred in May, 2008 and many people experienced the terror of disaster so that they are very conscious of disaster prevention, the disaster mitigation, and consideration to measures at the earthquake.
FORUM8 exhibited 3D structural analysis software UC-win/FRAME(3D), evacuation simulation software EXODUS, and fire simulation CFD software SMARTFIRE. Many visitors were interested in them each analytical result was represented using UC-win/Road and some gave us the comment for trying to use for schools and tall buildings.
In Shanghai International Disaster Reduction and Security Forum, Dr. De-Yin JIN from FORUM8 introduced the case studies using UC-win/FRAME(3D) and analysis result with the title of "Comparative verification of 3D dynamically non-linear analysis and the actual experiment result of structures". As many structures were broken when the earthquake occurred, visitors were very interested in his lecture and it resulted in the good opportunity for spreading our company's activity. We think we would like to contribute the approach for disaster prevention and disaster mitigation in China.

Opening ceremony FORUM8 exhibition booth

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17th ITS World Congress, Busan 2010
Date:October 25-29, 2010
Location:BEXCO, Busan, Korea (Up&Coming 2011New Year Spring Issue)
(Up&Coming 2011 New Year Issue)

The latest ITS technology and information gathered from all over the world
FORUM8 exhibited the ITS world congress held from October 25-29, 2010 in Busan, Korea.
"ITS" means Intelligent Transport Systems, the new traffic system, which allows the by connecting the network including people, road, vehicle, public transportation using the latest information-communication technologies. This international conference which started from 1994 (The 1st congress was held in Paris, France) is the seventeenth time it has been staged. Every year, the enterprises, public agencies, researchers in the academic institution were gathered from all over the world and the exhibition, symposium and lecture of the latest technologies on ITS were performed and it resulted in many business matching in the site.

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BEXCO Busan for the site of ITS World Congress 2010
UC-win/Road experience corner and highway driving simulator full with visitors
In the exhibition booth of FORUM8, we set up the experience corner for SUBARU type of highway drive simulator, UC-win/Road, UC-win/Road for RoboCar(R). In addition, we exhibited UC-win/Road for SaaS for experiencing the 3DVR with cloud system, and MR&AR. Especially, the Highway drive simulator got a lot of attention from the local students in Busan and the trial drive of simulator was interviewed by Korean TV station. The experience corner of UC-win/Road which was given per 30 minutes was almost full each time and it was surrounded by a crowd of people. Moreover, many of visitors were interested in RoboCar(R) and the graduate students who majored engineering and the specialists and researchers from each road traffic department and police department, who specialized in road safety visited our booth.

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exhibited UC-win/Road for RoboCar(R)
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Highway drive simulator corner
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Experience present corner of UC-win/Road

Partnership agreement was signed during this event
The partnership agreement with Mechanical Simulation, USA was signed on October 27 in our booth (Picture 6). We will distribute their product CarSim which were used across the globe and develop the linkage of its data with UC-win/Road to make the simulation of UC-win/Road more realistic and enhanced.
In the same day, the collaboration agreement with PTV, Germany was also signed (Picture 7). PTV is the developer of microcrosimulation "VISSIM" which is popular in worldwide including Europe and India. FORUM8 would be able to approach all VISSIM users by developing the VISSIM plug-in for UC-win/Road. Besides, PTV would be able to obtain users in Asian area except India where they haven't many users before by selling VISSIM . "This signing will make the relationship which gives the mutual advantage. We can say we will be able to be natural partner." -commented by Mr. Gerhard Ploss, PTV (Picture 8).

Presentation of Brendan Hafferty, the FORUM8 Western Regional General Manager
In the session area in different floor from exhibition area, the lectured was performed by Brendan Hafferty, the FORUM8 Western Regional General Manager in October 27 (Picture 5). This lecture was one of the sessions which consisted of four lectures with the theme of "Intelligent Road and traffic system and safety". He explained about how the visualization of UC-win/Road and driving simulation function would effect to the road safety with the case examples and the title was "The application of 3D Visual Interactive Drive Simulation Technology to Safer Road Design".
When he introduced the animation for comparing the actual movie of tunnel driving against VR, the accuracy generated interest of many auditors so that some took a movie of the screen. In the Question&Answer session, there was a question about the possibility enhanced by the linkage of VISSIM from PTV and CarSim from Mechanical Simulation, whose agreement were signed in advance.

Some exhibition booth from overseas used the system with UC-win/Road
In the large exhibition area, 1st floor of BEXC01, there were about 150 booths. ITS Congress including Korea, Japan, China, and Russia exhibited their booths (Picture 14).

Lecture of Brendan Hafferty, FORUM8 Western Regional General Manager

Partnership agreement with Mechanical Simulation, USA

Collaboration agreement with PTV, Germany

PTV exhibition booth

Exhibition floor in the basement floor, Session and symposium area in the upper floor with vaulted ceiling

Picture10 AISIN exhibition booth
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Picture13 ITS Japan
Picture14 ITS China

ITS Japan
Some enterprises and organizations such as NEXCO East Japan participated in the booth of ITS Japan (Picture13). The project of Goto, Nagasaki Prefecture where the future type of eco-sightseeing driving system with car navigation system is developed attracted attention. In the VICS corner (Picture15), it actually introduces the mechanism of the latest car navigation system which forwards the solving traffic jams and smooth use of the parking by the reception of electric wave beacon with the moving model (Picture16).

In the booth of Toyota Motor, the booth was divided into two large themes of "Human-friendly" and "Environment-friendly"and the SUBARU type of drive simulator pursuing safety was exhibited in the former. This safety system provides the experience of the collision prevision and the alert to drivers to rollup their seat belt for breaking assist and the automatic breaking when the collision cannot be avoided. The contents for experiencing various accidents were used (Picture18).
In the booth of "Environmental-friendly", "Smart grid proof experiment" was introduced (Picture19). This experiment has been executed in six houses of Rokkasyo village, Aomori Prefecture since September, 2010 and the monitoring of power consumption has been performed by communicating a monitor to a smart phone of the hybrid car.

They exhibited "Monitoring system around the vehicle" which allows the users to intuitively check the position relationship of the own vehicle with the surrounding obstacles when they park using movie merging techniques with multiple cameras. They also exhibited "Driver monitoring system" where the heart beat detection sensor useful for sleeping judgement is mounted on the seat to alarm the drowsy driving. The simulation of UC-win/Road can be activated in the same hardware. The latest technologies using the simulator were introduced.

It aimed at the driver's doze driving information to Also, "Driver monitor system" that built the heart beat detection sensor that became a help of the doze judgment into the seat was exhibited, and the latest technology that used the simulator for the same hardware as the simulator by UC-win/Road was able to be started had been exhibited.

In the INNO SIMULATION (Korea) booth in the front of FORUM8, two types simulators, small type of simulator "i-Drive CDS" and actual vehicle type of simulator "i-Drive FDS" were exhibited. For the latter, the cabin system, operation instruments which are same as the actual vehicle were used and they got much attention from visitors(Picture22).

Picture15-17:The booth of Vehicle Information and Communication System(VICS). The latest car navigation system and the its structure were introduced(16).
Picture18-20: Exhibition booth of Toyota Motors. SUBARU type of experience drive simulator(18) and the demonstration experiment of ITS technology smart grid were exhibited (19).
Picture21-23: The booth of INNO SIMULATION, Korea. The simulator such as the actual vehicle type of "i-Drive FDS" were exhibited.

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Automotive Testing Expo - North America
Date: October 26-28, 2010
Location:Novi, Michigan, USA
(Up&Coming 2011 New Year Issue)

Automotive Testing Expo was held in Novi, Michigan, in the USA between the 26th and 28th of October. In this show, FORUM8 Western Regional Office and FORUM8AZ exhibited the state-of-the-art 3D VR software program, UC-win/Road and its linkages with CarSim, the world-leading vehicle dynamics simulation software package from our partner, Mechanical Simulation Corporation from An Arbor in the USA and the market-leading haptic feedback steering wheel, SENSO-Wheel from our partner, SENSODRIVE from Germany.
The show was attended mostly by OEMs from the automotive industry and also by academics that specialize in mechanical and automotive engineering. The three-way linkage between UC-win/Road, CarSim and SENSO-Wheel attracted interests from visitors and introduced new ideas to the industry in which 3D VR is still very rarely used.

Experience of sensor drive
The combination of real-time 3D VR, vehicle dynamics simulation and professional driving simulation hardware will provide the automotive industry with visually realistic and highly accurate and immersible ways to carry out tests, research and development at very low cost and with very low carbon emission. And through our partnership with Mechanical Simulation and SENSODRIVE, FORUM8 Western Regional Office will actively promote the use of 3D VR in the field of automotive engineering..

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Water Expo China 2010
Date: November 17-19, 2010
Location:China National Convention Center
(Up&Coming 2011 New Year Issue)

FORUM8 exhibited the rain water analysis software xpswmm and UC-win/Road for xpswmm. The trial corner of xpswmm was set and visitors experienced 15minutes of operation including the import of satellite picture, inputting of terrain data, and analysis. They said "I was surprised that the operability of software and the visibility of analysis result. It was really easy to create VR data. The inundation analysis can be performed from the terrain usage condition and the calculation of time passing, water amount, water flow can be executed so that it will be very useful for provision and verification of the flood occurred in the south part of China every year".
As there is the GIS data of topology and road alignment in China to be loaded, many designers paid attention to them.
Please expect the future activities in China.

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CRTS CHINA - China International Rail Transit Technology Exhibition 2010
Date: November 18-20, 2010
Location: Beijing exhibition center, China
(Up&Coming 2011 New Year Issue)

This event was held from November 18 to 20, 2010 in Beijing exhibition center, China. The rail transit covers railway, underground railway, and linear motor car and the facilities and softwares involving them were exhibited. China has the longest railway system in the world, however there are a number of planned project for developing it such as the new construction of high-speed railway system. It was announced the whole length of railway network would be four times longer than Japanese one. Chinese government has focused on this field. A number of government officials and senior officers of railway division were participated in this event and it was full of visitors through three days.
Beijing exhibition center
FORUM8 exhibited the products, mainly UC-win/Road, including simulation data of Shinkansen (Bullet Train), railway simulator, representation of Nakameguro station where FORUM8 head office is located with evacuation simulation using EXODUS.
When the railway facility is planned, we propose different point of view for designing it by considering with VR not existing 2D representation. We also suggest to use our products as a design platform by representing the other design results including VR representation of railway network, urban planning, inside of station, evacuation simulation, and investigation of flow of people.
A number of people visited this event from inside and outside of China and this event ended on a high note. Please expect the future activities in China.

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