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Oregon3D Offers Introductory Course on Urban Simulation

Oregon3D Inc., The Academy for Digital Arts & Sciences, is offering an Intro to Urban Simulation course. Scheduled for Sept. 14, 2004, this one-day course offers an introduction to the dynamic field of urban simulation, aimed at students seeking a general overview for a broad range of projects in entertainment, business and government.

Urban Simulation is used for special effects, game development, architectural fly-throughs, virtual sets, city and transportation planning and homeland defense. Utilizing Oregon3D's Viz Room One, the region's only state-of-the-art visualization center, the Intro to Urban Simulation course will include real-world examples of this technology and familiarize students with the tools and methods used in urban simulation.

"Oregon3D is the only facility in the region to offer this type of class on urban simulation," said Aaron Boonshoft, founder/ceo of Oregon3D. "It's exciting to offer courses on cutting edge technology that has so many possible applications. We think the insights in this course will be of interest to a wide spectrum of people, from game developers to government officials."

The Oregon3D Intro to Urban Simulation Course will cover theory and methodology pertaining to urban simulation including imagery sources and manipulation, terrain models, coordinate systems, GIS vs. simulation, texture mapping, scenegraph optimization, Level of Detail (LOD), hardware for urban simulation, and displays for urban simulation. Students will be exposed to a variety of software, data and display technologies, including VRML, Autocad, ESRI, Multigen, 3ds max, Global Mapper, Photoshop/Gimp, Mok 3, Open EV and OpenSceneGraph. This course also includes a two-day pass for Oregon3D's Lab program, allowing students to spend extra time working individually on projects and tools that are of most interest.

The course will run 9:00 am-4:00 pm at Oregon3D's training facility at 735 SW 20th Place, Suite 230, in Portland and is priced at $195. Oregon3D also plans to offer a more advanced Urban Simulation Course in the winter 2004/2005. For class registration and additional information visit

Oregon3D provides short-term intensive training in computer graphics and design for 3D animation, game development, special effects, industrial design, medical visualization and urban simulation. Advanced classes, lab hours, expert consulting and facility rentals are also available. The school's facility features an immersive stereoscopic display wall used for realtime simulations including the Virtual Portland City Model.