Term of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Master of Science, Civil Engineering

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Civil Engineering and Construction

Committee Chair

Celine Manoosingh

Committee Member 1

Roger Purcell

Committee Member 2

Junan Shen


The objective of this study was to measure public perception of the different planting techniques (block and matrix), which are used at visitor information centers (VICs) and other rights of way (ROW) areas. The main factors that affect public perception of planting techniques were identified through an extensive literature review and qualitative survey from four welcome centers in the state of Georgia. The ranking of those indicators, based on public preferences, was discovered through a quantitative survey. During the first phase of the quantitative survey, images of block and matrix were used. An iOS-based user-friendly and cost-effective augmented reality (AR) app was developed, and a significant difference was found between data with and without AR. Participants were more interactive and engaged in the survey process, largely due to the addition of the AR visuals questionnaire. The ranking of the factors being obtained from the study were: environmental benefits, sustainability, color and aesthetics, cost, maintenance, and restorative effect. The majority of the respondents expressed that block planting configuration was more aesthetically beautiful. However, when all the factors were considered, the public largely preferred matrix planting, as it tends to be more beneficial to the environment. It is sustainable, cost-effective, and requires less maintenance. Results from this study indicated that environmentally beneficial and sustainable planting was more preferred to the traveling people for ROW planting.

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