Presented at the Mid-America GIS Consortium 2012 Conference in Kansas City, MO
In the fall of 2010, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management entered into an interagency agreement with the US Department of Energyís Argonne National Laboratories to sponsor the development of a geographic information system-based tool for creating spatially accurate and realistic visualizations of offshore wind facilities. The development of the Visual Impact Evaluation System of Offshore Renewable Energy (VIESORE) tool is a collaborative research effort between the Bureau, Argonne National Laboratories and the University of Arkansas. VIESORE is a ArcGIS 10.0 desktop-based application that allows a user to design the spatial layout of a facility; import, prepare, and process accurate GIS data for the study area; run a series of visual analyses; define atmospheric, lighting, and wave conditions; and then generate, through the 3D visualization software package Vue 10.5 Infinite, realistic visualizations of the proposed facility as it would be seen from any number of viewpoints defined by the user. Through VISEORE, BOEM staff will be able to verify the accuracy of visual impact simulations of offshore renewable energy facilities prepared by other parties; prepare simulations for use in public involvement activities; and rapidly develop simulations for in-house use to evaluate visual characteristics of hypothetical or proposed offshore renewable energy facilities.