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Special Page for the 12th 3DVR Simulation Contest on Cloud

  General Information of the Contest

3DVR simulation contest using UC-win/Road. This is held every year since 2002 when UC-win/Road won the "Software Product of the year" award. Various brilliant works have been presented as a main event of this festival and it has brought even more excitement with the introduction of cloud voting via VR-Cloud® since 2011. The works are represented with the script (5min) and scenarios and evaluation and voting are performed with cloud system.

  Flow of Contest

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2013.9.3 Tue    Meeting for selecting nomination works
Presentation will be remotely performed by applicants. 13:30-17:00
(via VR-Cloud®, Web video and Skype)

VR-Cloud(R)
VR-Cloud® is a consensus building solution which uses 3D and VR on a cloud server. With only internet access environment, even thin client would be able to operate the VR space by web browser.
Example of Design Meeting :
Laboratry of Tomohiro Fukuda of Environment and Energy department of graduate school, Osaka University
画像をクリックすると大きな画像が表示されます。
Manual input of design (Annotation function)
Conference sceen using video conference system (Skype)
3D bulletin board function
with evaluative function for landscape

Qs and As between judges and applicants

Judgement will be performed based on the ranking point after above.

Results will be announced on the same day on our website.

2013.9.7 Sat - 9.17 Tue    Period of public voting on cloud
Voting site : VRcon.forum8.co.jp

Install VR-Cloud® Brawse and operate VR data Public voting

Install VR-Cloud® from here.
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2013.9.18Wed   Examining Meeting  FORUM8 Tokyo head office MAP
Meeting for selecting nomination works
The judgment will be performed by 70% of public voting, 30% of voting from judging committee based on the ranking point and ranking point for special awards.

2013.9.19 Thu   SHINAGAWA INTERCITY Hall
Award Ceremony of the 12th 3DVR Simulation Contest on Cloud

Profile of a presenter
Satoru Machida
Advisor of Projection Mapping Association of Japan / CEO of AmbientMedia / Part-time advisor of FORUM8

CEO of AmbientMedia and a producer of contents services. An advisor of Ultra-Realistic Communication Forum (URCF) which is a consultant of projection mapping, digital signage, AR and 3D media and also acts as an advisor of Projection Mapping Association of Japan. 


  Profile of Judging Committe

Mr. Kasagi Hiroo
Representative of NPO Chiikizukuri Kobo

Director of Japan Society for Impact Assesment, part-time instructor of Nagano University, CEO of Kizakiko Hot Spring Development Co., Ltd. Councilor of Omachi Kita high school. Author of some books. Won the prize of Minister for the Environment for his activity of global warming in 2005.
Mr. Fumio Seki
Professor of Engineering department, Hihon University

After graduating the department of science and engineering, Nihon University, he joined Design Planning office for civil design of Taisei Corporation and has been engaged in design etc. for road structure, river, harbor and lecture etc. Appointed in the current position since 2011.
Mr. Tatsuoki Inagaki
Director of Pave & Road How-To Way Technology Association

Holding a post of information technology manager Road Management Technology Center and currently taking on a director of Pave & Road How-To Way Technology Association. Author of some books about pavement engineering and road engineering. He is engaged in improvement of technology of road and pavement and promotion of research development.


    Results Annoucement


  Results Announcement (Announced on September 20, 2013) NEW

  VR Simulation for Traffic Regulation to Divert Traffic During Night Construction
  Iwasaki CO., LTD. 
Plans to divert and regulate traffic around an intersection near the "Tokachi Ohashi bridge" undergoing repair work was put on trial via VR simulation. The VR technology was used to visualize the regulation plan in order to confirm drivers' visibility during night and winter, procedure for diverting and regulating traffic, and the predicted traffic flow itself, which in turn helped shed lights on potential problems prior to plans being enforced. This VR traffic simulation for traffic regulation was featured at a "Conference on CIM" hosted by Japan Society of Civil Engineers which took place in Sapporo on July 5th, 2013, as a case study on the use of CIM in construction. 
Executing the animation allows you to see the explanation on the simulation of regulated traffic. Moreover, executing the scenario enables you to see what it's like driving through regulated traffic under various conditions.

  Driver Training and Assessment System of PCC (Pure Car Carrier) Simulator
  Qube Ports and Bulk
QUBE wished to improve the training of drivers who unload or load 700,000 new imported and exported vehicles per year from the Pure Car Carrier (PCC) ships that dock in Australia from around the world. QUBE's aim is to achieve Zero Damage to the vehicles being unloaded. The solution is the PCC simulator. The PCC simulator consists of a drive simulator with a 3D virtual model of a PCC ship and the wharf to which the vehicles are unloaded and parked. A new Driver Training and Assessment system permits a Trainer to select a driving scenario for the driver seated in the simulator, who then drives in the 3D virtual model, down a number of ramps in the ship to the wharf and then to a specified parking spot. He may encounter a number of hazards and different day/night and weather conditions, and also is required to keep to certain speeds and maintain safe distances with obstacles and cars in front. At the end of the drive he is assessed for correct operating procedure and driving skill, against criteria that also include maintaining an ideal route, manueovring skills, parking accuracy, collision risk control, steering and pedal control. Both trainer and driver are able to view a real-time replay of the drive, which assists in pinpointing areas for improvement. 

*This movie has sounds
Executing the animation allows you to see the overview of ship and driving situation. Moreover executing the 5 scenarios enables you to experience unloading in the different kinds of scenes.


  VR Simulation that uses Tsunami/Evacuation Analysis Results
  Pacific Consultants Co., LTD. 
Tsunami analysis results that take into account the dynamic movement of wave and traffic analysis results extracted by traffic simulation using micro models of vehicular traffic during an emergency were combined to elicit the overall result of tsunami analysis in the course of consulting for measures against tsunami. By visualizing these results within the same VR environment for assessment, they were able to conceive measures far more effective than these devised using the previous consulting scheme.
Executing the animation allows you to see the evacuation situation in the event of tsunami occurs and tsunami prevention measures in VR environment. Flash movie shows the images before and after measures are taken. 


  VR Simulator for Experiencing an Intelligent Driver's Seat
  TS TECH Co., Ltd.
A Driving Simulator designed to give you the feel of driving while being seated on an intelligent seat. The simulator is equipped with "Lateral support feature" that keeps your body from being thrown to the side while you are cornering, "Movable driver seat and backrest" that helps your shoulder turn easier when steering, and "Forward Collision avoidance system" that keeps you in correct driving posture and tightens your seat belt to prepare for collision.

*This movie has sounds 
Executing the animation allows you to see the explanation on the "Intelligent Seat". Executing the scenario enables you to experience driving on a course used for the simulator.

  VR Model of Osaka's Underground Shopping Mall
  Graduate School of Osaka University
An area above and below ground level stretching 300 meters on all 4 directions from the south side of JR Osaka station was modeled within the 3D VR environment. Accurately reproduced buildings together with roads and underground shopping mall on which vehicles and pedestrians are made to travel provided the most suitable VR environment for simulating vehicle and pedestrian behavior, controling traffic signals, analyzing crowd behavior in underground alleys and validating the effectiveness of signages and evacuation guidance in terms of safely evacuating people to a safe place, all of which are research initiatives in quest for optimizing the future society via ITC.
An area above and below ground of JR Osaka station are expressed in VR environment. Executing the animation allows you to see the traffic situation on ground, the crowd walking inside the underground shopping mall, and people evacuating in the event of the emergency.

  Honorable Judge's Award Design Award
  Mr. Fumio Seki (Nihon University)
  The Use of VR Simulation to Evaluate Safety of a New Type of Road (2+1) as well as Drivers' Behavior
  University of Seoul 
The Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport is planning to construct a type of road (2+1) new to Korea. 2+1 road is comprised of 2 lanes each serving traffic going in the direction opposite to each other, and a passing lane. As the building cost is cheaper than that of building 4 lane road, the plan is put forward, however most drivers are not used to driving on this new type of road, and hence the driving simulator was used to evaluate its safety. A model of 13km road that represents the 2+1 road was created, and the condition and behavior of 50 test drivers while they drove on the passing lane of the virtual road was analyzed by looking at the log that are output in real-time which describes the accelerator and brake position, speed, and offsets from the center line, and also by counting the brain pulse of the drivers and tracking their eyes. The analysis result was used as a source for verifying the safetyness of the new road.
Executing the animation allows you to see the structure of a new type of road "2+1". Moreover executing the scenario enables you to experience driving on the actual road.

  Honorable Judge's Award Regional Construction Award
  Mr. Hiroo Kasagi (NPO Chiiki Zukuri Kobo)
  VR Simulation for an Urban Expressway with U-Turn Road
  SOZOTECH
A plan to connect 2 roads running on the east and westside of town built in line with the Japan City Planning Act is underway. The plan includes installing crosswalks and bike lanes to keep students going to and from school safe, and building overpass and pedestrian tunnels. 3D VR model of the planned design was created to give local residents a better picture of how the site would look like after construction at meetings. 
 VR data in which the construction plan of the urban highway is visualized. Executing the animation allows you to watch the construction process, overpass and see what's it like driving at night. It is possible to see the situation around the construction site from various viewpoints and switch the time by selecting the context. and switch the time by selecting the context. 

  Honorable Judge's Award Engineering Award
  Mr. Tatsuoki Inagaki (Pave & Road How-To Way Technology Association)
  Proposal of a New Engineering Method for Installing Single Track Railway Bridges
  Noda Engineering Co., Ltd. 
Installing railway bridges for single track railway is a challenging task because they tend to be situated at a place that provide limited space for crane movement such as a train station's platform or a mountainous region. Then there is the issue of bridges being destroyed by a cloudburst which we see happening lately. A smart engineering method for installing these railway bridges that can withstand heavily rain at a place where space is an issue was proposed using VR technology.
Executing the animation allows you to see the explanation of the engineering method. It is possible to see the situation around the construction site from the various points of view and switch the time by selecting the context.


  Proposed Improvements on Special Traffic Safety Status Investigation in Republic of Korea
  Korea Transportation Safety Authority(TS)
The Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Korean Transportation Safety Authority investigates the actual road and traffic condition on the nation's roads and highways every year to evaluate their safety. Areas that fall below the country's Traffic Safety Index and Traffic Safety Culture Index require improvement. To propose the solution plan with new road alighment and road facilities for these areas, the current condition and the proposed plan was reproduced as VR environment using UC-win/Road, and included them within documents to be submitted for approval.
Executing the animation allows you to see safety measures at the intended spots. Moreover it is possible to switch from the traffic state before measures were taken to the traffic state after measures were taken or vice versa by selecting the camera position.


  VR was used to promote safety and use of the Narita Smart Interchange, which consequently streamlined business!
  ORIENTAL CONSULTANTS Co., Ltd. 
VR model of the Narita Smart Interchange, which was built to mitigate traffic congestion, was created during off-hours as means of decreasing traffic accidents in the interchange and encouraging more drivers to take it, consequently streamlining all types of business related to the interchange. In particular, this virtual environment was designed for use with driving simulation scenarios to test different sign design and the visibilty of signs for safety measures. The driving simulator was showcased in a local festival in the city of Narita where it drew a big crowd and encouraged more public activities and also contributed to questionaries being filled out by more people. Further developments are planned. 
Executing the animation allows you to see what's it like travelling on highway with smart IC en route to the airport. Moreover executing scenario enables you to experience what's it like driving through smart IC.


  3D VR Training Environment for Automobile Driver
  Virtual Simulation and Training Inc.(VSAT)
VSAT's 3D VR Training Environment built using UC-win/Road is situated on a 16 square mile land comprised of highways with on/off ramps, city streets, intersections, railway crossings, Driving Agility Cone Courses, etc. and hosts various driving hazards and training scenarios designed to enable students to experience common driving situations and hazards, while guided by their instructor that control environmental conditions and scenarios using the Simulator Control Station, developed using the SDK, from a separate screen. Simulator Control Station also tracks the scenario progress and the position of the driven vehicle using an overhead view of the land area used. In a Driving Agility Cone Course that also serves as training environment for Emergency Vehicle drivers, the Control Station keeps track of how many cones were touched, and how many were knocked down by the driver to evaluate their maneuvering skills. VSAT's 3D VR Training Environment is indeed the most effective driver training system, as students can use the driving simulator "full screen" that provide peripherial vision while the instructor controls weather, time of day, visibility (fog and haze), road conditions, and viewing distance from the Simulator Control Station, without students being able to predict the next driving environment and scenarios. The instructor can also control traffic density in each of the major training areas, the city, the highway, and the Interstate Freeway.

*This movie has sounds 
A driver training environment designed to teach driving skills. Executing the animation allows you to see a drive through the training environment that shows various parts (city, highway, cone course etc) of the training course. Moreover executing the scenario enables you to experience driving through the training environment and replay dangerous scenes.


  VR Simulator for Dangerous Scene Assessment Used in the Discipline of In-Vehicle ADAS
  HAGIWARA ELECTRIC CO., LTD. 
VR simulator, an excellent tool for reproducing various driving environments, was used for dangerous scene assessment in the disicpline of in-vehicle ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System). The ADAS device was interfaced with the VR simulator to be used for the assessment, which consequently helped build the kind of development environment that allows all the advantages of VR technology to be exploit. 

*This movie has sounds 
This is a data to be used for dangerous scene assessment in the disicpline of in-vehicle ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System). Executing the animation allows you to see the explanation of the system. Moreover, executing the scenario enables you to experience driving on a test.


   Awards / Prizes

Grand Prix
Semi-Grand Prix (Excellence Award)

Special Awards [ Idea Award / Essence Award ]
Judge Award

Nominate Award


No dual recipients.
Grand Prix
Certificate / Trophy / High Spec Computer / Book Card


SONY VAIO Full HD touch panel
notebook PC 15 inch (SVF15A1A1J)
Book Card 25,000 yen
Semi-Grand Prix (Excellence Award)
Certificate /High Spec Computer / Book Card

SONY VAIO PC 14 inch (SVF14A1A1J)
Book Card 10,000 yen
Idea Award / Essence Award
Certificate / Tablet  PC / Book Card

SONY Xperia 10.1 inch
Large-screen tablet (SGP312JP/B)
Book Card 2,500
Judge Award
Certificate / Digital Camera /
Book Card

SONY Cyber-shot
digital still camera (DSC-WX300)
Book Card 2,500
Nominate Award
Certificate plaque / Book Card

Semi crystal certificate plaque /
Free lodging in Tokyo /
Book Card 2,500

    Guidelines for Applicants

Deadline for works submittion Augest 29, 2013   Reception period has been closed.
Deliverable - VR data created via UC-win/Road (script is required to be created and the work is needed to be stored in media such as CD-ROM and DVD etc.)
- Overview of VR data (up to 150 words) and how to operate the data
Where to deliver the data Please tell your contact person of FORUM8 staff and send it to him.
Copyright All contents of the awarded VR data is the copyright of each applicants.
The submitted VR data will not be distributed, but FORUM8 has a right to use the data and works, edit and reproduce the images and videos etc. and post or introduce it on website, magazines, books, newspaper etc. as a sales activity or an advertisement as a secoundary user of VR data. Please be forewarned.
Inquiries for the application Please tell your contact person of FORUM8 staff.
Meeting for selecting
nomination works
Nominated works will be decided on September 3, 2013 (Tue).
Meeting for selecting nomination works on September 3, 2013 (Tue)
Presentation will be remotely performed by applicants. 13:30-17:00 (via VR-Cloud®, Web video and Skype)


    Related Products



An interactive real-time VR system utilized as a tool for building wide consensus for public works and developments.

VR-Cloud(R)

VR-Cloud® is a consensus building solution which uses 3D and VR on a cloud server. With only internet access environment, even thin client would be able to operate the VR space by web browser.

Example of use : Laboratry of Tomohiro Fukuda of Environment and Energy department of graduate school, Osaka University
画像をクリックすると大きな画像が表示されます。
Example of Design Meeting
- Manual input of design (Annotation function)
- Conference sceen using video conference system (Skype)
The camera position (viewpoint) can be freely changed in VR environment.
3D bulletin board function with evaluative function for landscape


Introduction of the awarded works of the past contest

Design Festival 2012
Design Festival 2011

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