How a Common Sandbox Is Battling Arizona It a giant walled in table of sand a sandbox by any other name and it helping predict where the deadly Arizona Wallow Fire could go next. Enter SimTable, a setup that uses a projector, digital technology and a table covered in playground variety sand to create elaborate topographical representations of the Arizona Wallow Fire (named for the Bear Wallow Wilderness area where the fire started). It the work of a Santa Fe based research company that wanted to craft an interactive 3D fire simulator. Using the table, researchers can simulate a fire direction and burn patterns as well as weather, traffic, evacuation routes and firefighting procedures. Here how it works: A computer pipes satellite imagery through a projector onto a timberland roll top boots
tabletop sandbox (no really, an actual sandbox). Color coded areas show where to move the sand (with your hands) to quickly create hills, mountain peaks and valleys. By the time you finished, you have a box with astonishingly accurate contours, overlaid by a topographical digital image that makes the whole thing look almost holographic. And here the crazy cool part: You start the simulated fires with actual fire pull a lighter out mens timberland boots
of your pocket and the sand to get the computer simulation going. How it helping with the Wallow Fire? According to New Mexico based KOB TV, SimTable identified low and high density fuel types (trees, grass) illustrating where the fire may be containable, as well timberland boots uk
as projected the fire path toward a major power line in New Mexico a line running from the Palo Verde nuclear power plant that feeds much of southern New Mexico and eastern Texas.