The Integrated Education of Transportation Engineers in Fields of Computer Graphics, Descriptive Geometry and Technical Drawings
The application of computer graphic methods, particularly dynamic analysis of images like automatic vehicle classification (AVC), automatic vehicle identification (AVI) thru automatic license plate recognition (LPR), automatic incident and accident detection (AID), monitoring and characterization of linear traffic flows (road traffic) or stochastic traffic movements (pedestrian movements, ski slopes) etc. is widely spread in the transportation engineering and is becoming more and more important.
On the other hand, the classical way to present and express vector based technical information, like construction of projections, shading, design of curves etc., are still required in the engineering practice and the classical contents of descriptive geometry is still needed. The conversion from raster image into vectorised objects is the most important process in the transportation engineering practice (pattern recognition, character recognition, recognition of objects, assessment of object movements etc.)
On the basis of an analysis of study programs in European faculties we established that in the education of transportation engineers there are separated lectures of:
- descriptive geometry and technical drawing (with predominantly vector approach),
- computing, informatics and computer graphics (with predominantly raster graphic approach).
The article presents a new model of integrated education of transportation engineers in which geometric and graphic contents are united.
KeywordsComputer Graphic Descriptive Geometry Traffic Engineering Transportation Engineer Raster Image
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