Plans for Buffalo's Waterfront Go 3-D

June 3, 2011 Updated Jun 3, 2011 at 1:45 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

June 3, 2011 Updated Jun 3, 2011 at 1:45 PM EDT

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation has gone 3D with the help of the University at Buffalo and they're using this technology to plan waterfront projects including the Buffalo Harbor Bridge.

"People are interested in what does it look like and feel like and what can they expect," Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Senior Project Manager Steve Ranalli said.

Martins Innus from UB explains.

"You're taking the typical aspects that you would us, whether it's files, drawing, sketches and pictures and you're putting it all onto an easy to use software," Innus said.

They've actually had this program in place since the conception of the bridge idea about two years ago. Now as the plan gets closer to becoming a reality, they said the technology would make things a bit easier for them, partnering companies and the public.

"We can walk around the bike path see how it will effect that anyone from street level or above could see how this will effect them," Ranalli said.

The Development Corporation talked about the program telling groups at UB's Partners Day at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center how the technology helps save money while also moving the development process along more efficiently.

"It's a very difficult thing to get people together so now we're able to come together in a room and look at all the options right in one spot," Ranalli said.

Although the program is currently not online, the group wants to make the technology more available to the public in the near future.