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Introduction

There are many applications that require, or would benefit from, the creation of a 3D city model, for example creating film sets for the movie industry, scenery for computer games, or more serious applications such as urban planning.

Creating a city structure by hand can be time-consuming and costly, since it is a very human-intensive process. It would be better if there were a computer system that was capable of generating 3D city models given some initial starting parameters.

The purpose of this project was to investigate the possibility of using a computer program to generate a 3D model of a city. The overall aim of the project was to develop a system that would allow a generic city model to be created and displayed, given a limited number of initial parameters.

The project was undertaken over a period of 8 months. The final AutoCity system consists of 39 separate Java classes, and over 200 pages of associated documentation. I've selected a few topics to present here, just to provide an overview of the project.

Choose a topic from the menu to the left to find out more.

 

*AutoCity was completed before the September 11th 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

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