Visualization of Information in Support of Asymmetric Operations

Period of Performance: 03/28/2000 - 12/01/2000

$98.8K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Terrasim, Inc.
One Gateway Center, Suite 2050420 Ft. Duquesne Blv
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This research will identify, prototype, and evaluate theutility of several techniques to take a minimal amount of {\itgeospecific} data within a proposed area of operations andautomatically extrapolate {\it geotypical} data in a large surroundingarea. The geospecific data, primarily road networks, lines ofcommunication, significant buildings, and representative buildingswill be used to gather patterns of manmade construction to drive theautomated generation or selection of suitable models and theirplacement in the surrounding area. We coin the term {\it compositethree dimensional geospatial environments} to describe the resultingvisualization that seamlessly combines geospecific and geotypicaldata sources. This research will result in more realistic urban simulations for military planningand training, constructed more rapidly and at lesser cost. In the civilian market,this technology will greatly reduce the cost of urban modeling and visualization, making our TerraTools product more attractive to urban planners, real estate developers,and GIS visualization users.