Using Tools to Create Tools: Checkpoint VIZ – A Case Study

D.B. Koch (USA)


Visual Simulation, Clean room, Software Engineering, Security


Creating a new 3D application can be a daunting task even for experienced programmers. When the intended end user is only slightly familiar with using any form of visualization for running computer simulations, the task becomes even more formidable. Fortunately, there now exist development environments for creating 3D visual simulation tools with easy to understand user interfaces. This fact however does not absolve the programmer of taking a structured approach to the development of the software tool. Useful techniques from the so-called Cleanroom Software Engineering approach may be used to speed development, reduce programming errors, and meet end user requirements. This paper describes one such project where an open-ended visual simulation tool was developed for the US Transportation Security Administration to simulate airport security checkpoint layouts.

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