Section: New Software and Platforms


Participant : Cyril Soler [contact] .

PlantRad is a software program for computing solutions to the equation of light equilibrium in a complex scene including vegetation. The technology used is hierarchical radiosity with clustering and instantiation. Thanks to the latter, PlantRad is capable of treating scenes with a very high geometric complexity (up to millions of polygons) such as plants or any kind of vegetation scene where a high degree of approximate self-similarity permits a significant gain in memory requirements. Its main domains of applications are urban simulation, remote sensing simulation (See the collaboration with Noveltis, Toulouse) and plant growth simulation, as previously demonstrated during our collaboration with the LIAMA, Beijing.