PTV Vissim and Viswalk version 9 were released today. I was fortunate to join more than 500 modellers worldwide in the beta testing phase that took place over the summer. Vissim and Viswalk 9 bring many enhancements that not only add to the realistic microsimulation end-product, but also reduce modelling time and thus costs to the client (something which I am sure no client can complain about!).
Here are some of the new key features:
- Input delay for public transport: Previously, in order to account for a transit vehicle random arrival time, one had to create a dummy transit stop outside the network, which added more time and cost to a model. Now you can set the randomness factor right in the transit line input.
- Background maps in 3D mode: Bing Maps have been available in 2D mode since Version 6. Those who created a lot of simulation videos had to import separate background images to be visible in 3D mode. Now, Bing Maps are finally available in 3D mode as well.
- Animation “Go to Second”: Presenting a Vissim model to peers and clients got much easier now with the ability to jump to a specific location in time during an animation. This feature was only available previously with an AVI clip, which was a limiting factor.
- More support for 3D files in 64 Bit: Like many other modellers who work extensively with 3D images such as SketchUp, 3D Studio, or Design Web Format, I was unable to take advantage of the 64 Bit Vissim version as it did not support importing 3D files. The release of Version 9 now supports more 3D file formats in 64 Bit.
- Elevators: A new feature in Viswalk which joins ramps, stairs and escalators to create a fully realistic array of vertical circulation tools. No longer does a modeller need to use special complex coding to create an elevator in a transit station or other 3D models.
- Enhanced walking behaviour on ramps and stairs: Modelling realistic walking behaviour on vertical circulation (stairs, ramps, escalators) has always been a challenge as pedestrians behave differently whether they walk up, down, or on a level. This new feature allows one to assign a specific walking behaviour to each type of movement.
For a complete list of all the new features in Vissim and Viswalk 9, click here.