TerraSim, Inc. Awarded DARPA Contract Extension

February 08, 2008

Pittsburgh, PA - TerraSim, Inc. has been awarded a 12 month contract extension under a U.S. Army Phase II SBIR entitled "Software Tools for Modeling Urban Details" to support the DARPA Urban Reasoning and Geospatial ExploitatioN Technology (URGENT) program. This work will enhance and adapt software tools previously developed by TerraSim to support the automatic compilation of 3D road networks using LIDAR and multi-spectral source data.

The technology developed under this Phase II extension will be implemented in TerraTools® and RoadMAP from TerraSim®. TerraTools is a COTS geospatial database generation system used thoughout DoD to support the generation of modeling and simulation databases for U.S. Army OneSAF TestBed, WARSIM, and OneSAF Objective System as well as correlated visual systems. It is used to generate hundreds of one degree cells for large area simulation as well as highly detailed urban environments, including building interiors and underground structures, with submeter accuracy. These databases are used for exercise development and training as well as archived for use on DoD community networks.

RoadMAP is a semi-automated road network extraction product which currently supports the analysis of panchromatic and color imagery. Integrating pan/LIDAR/MSS data under this contract will increase the level of automation of model creation for urban visualization while improving the results of feature extraction. Under this extension, TerraSim will add two additional levels of analysis to the RoadMAP process. The first, macro-level terrain analysis, uses LIDAR digital elevation model (DEM) data to aid scene interpretation, feature extraction, and visualization. Road network extraction is one example of macro-level terrain analysis. The second, micro-level terrain analysis, will fuse elevation and classification information to generate a traffickability map. Using this, coupled with the use of spatial context information, we can extract fine features, such as trees, cars, and light poles, usually found in cluttered urban environments

Wilson Harvey, senior computer vision scientist and co-principal investigator for this work explained, "We are excited to be a small part of the DARPA URGENT program and to be able to extend our current products to support LIDAR and multi-spectral processing."

Please contact sales@terrasim.com for more information on TerraSim source data preparation products or Urban Details™ database creation products.

About TerraSim

TerraSim is a US owned high-technology company that provides software solutions and services for advanced visual simulation and database construction using a variety of geospatial source data. TerraTools®, their primary product, is available for both Windows 2000 and XP.

TerraTools is used in the automated construction of dense urban environments for operations planning and situation assessment as well as to produce exercise databases covering hundreds of one degree geocells. TerraSim also provides database construction services and advanced technology development for both civilian and military customers.

TerraSim's TerraTours® product supports highly interactive geospatial query using 3D visualizations linked to a variety of collateral source data. Using GISLink™ technology, TerraTours users can automatically georeference and display information sources such as still photography, video streams, CAD design data, maps, and any web-enabled document.

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