‘If you want to make improvements, you first need to identify the problem. A virtual version of the roundabout enabled us to switch the sightlines of various road users on and off. This quickly revealed the lines of sight for cyclists, motorists or lorry drivers on the roundabout. You could also sit next to the different drivers and experience it for yourself.’
The ability to experience the current roundabout and exploring the four future scenarios together in 360° 3D turned out to be an ideal way to analyse the existing situation. Fennema: ‘As well as an important step towards reducing accidents and improving traffic flow in Arnhem.’
Safer traffic and dry feet in Arnhem
How do you analyse a dangerous roundabout and control the impact of extreme rainfall? These are two challenges faced by the City of Arnhem, where it chose to carry out an experiment with experience technology created by Geomagine.
The Oude Zevenaarseweg is a major access road into Arnhem and has one of the most dangerous roundabouts in the Netherlands – a situation that calls for action. ‘Not just the roundabout, but the road as a whole needed to be prepared for the future,’ says Edwin Fennema of Geodan Go, the company that installs Geomagine for local councils.