Featured TUTORIAL Race Track Builder - Inject elevation data and terrain texture

Discussion in 'Tracks' started by Wurstkoffer, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. bcorner

    bcorner New Member

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    very cool. ive got the tracks walls bumper strips. A good bit overall. Except the buildings. I found a source for those. and had started editing them in blender. I edited them on the google earth and fixed things like the heights, some labels and a few misc items. I had not started skinning them. yet. overview.jpg View attachment 2659 view2.jpg

    I just moved to the Alpharetta area. I got invited to go race there but have prior obligations. So the track looked so good I wanted to drive it virtually at least. I searched high and low for someone already working on one but to no avail. So started my own mini project. Im more of a linux guy so learning some of this windows GIS/ 3d stuff
     
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  2. Les Neilson

    Les Neilson Active Member

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    Ah, you know something about GIS servers? That could be very useful... I've been fumbling around with Geoserver, and occasionally I can get it to work. Have you ever used it? RTB becomes a completely different tool once you start importing lidar directly
     
  3. bcorner

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    Its been a few years. and I used linux for my base OS. so learing how to setup in windows. But it does give me a head start. I used to make layers for a large Multiple Listing Service.
     
  4. Les Neilson

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    The magic words I'd like to get my head round are Layers and Tiling. Layers because I've downloaded lidar at different resolutions that cover various bits of the same area. In theory it shouldn't be difficult to pick the highest res available and blend in the lower res where necessary. Tiling because it would be great just to throw all the bits into a folder and let the app pick them out and stitch them together by itself
     
  5. Pixelchaser

    Pixelchaser Well-Known Member ACM Club Driver

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    from Brendon.

    Time for another update. I am still working on the next release which will include the ability to add plugins to source the height and image data. Some people have expressed a desire to load data from alternative sources, with Wurstkoffer producing an amazing work-around solution for this … https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/… . In the future this will allow other bright people to produce their own interfaces allowing RTB to use image/height data from any pote...ntial source.

    As some may already know Google announced they are changing the way they allow people to access their data. Whilst it’s not entirely crystal clear, I suspect newcomers will need to add a payment method to their Google account and even though the data will be free, if you hit a Google’s limit then Google will start charging. For existing customers they state “If you choose not to add a billing account, there is a risk that if your usage exceeds $200 in a given month, your Maps API implementation will be degraded or other API requests will return an error.”. More on that here … https://cloud.google.com/maps-p…/user-guide/pricing-changes/

    This is my first foray into developing Plugins so I welcome any feedback, advice and requests here in the forums … https://steamcommunity.com/…/discuss…/0/1694920442943936878/ . Since this is area I have little (none) experience in I expect the plugin will evolve and quite possibly break backward compatibility so be prepared that any plugin you develop might need to change.
     
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  6. luchian

    luchian Administrator ACM Racing Team ACM Club Driver

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    Hmm.. so Brandon's onboard, but Google not so much anymore. Luckly there is Lidar. With or without them.

    - on Tapatalk
     
  7. Les Neilson

    Les Neilson Active Member

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    So, the idea is that RTB will be modded to allow third party plugins to provide terrain (and presumably texture) data. I'd definitely be interested in working on this, but I'll admit straight away I don't have that much development experience, and none at all regarding plugins...
     
  8. Pixelchaser

    Pixelchaser Well-Known Member ACM Club Driver

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    cant wait to see how easy it is to use.... plenty cool roads to model on uk lidar....
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