IMAGE Society Image of the Month: Advances in Urban DetailsTM Processing

November 01, 2009

Pittsburgh, PA - The IMAGE Society is a non-profit, technical, professional association for the advancement of visual simulation, related technologies, and their applications. Each month, the Society selects an Image of the Month, highlighting technology or a novel solution produced by one of its corporate members.

TerraSim, Inc. is pleased to supply the Image of the Month for November 2009. This image shows four aspects of Urban DetailsTM processing. All are in advanced development at TerraSim for future release in TerraTools® Core in support of virtual and constructive simulation systems.

When minimal geospatial source data is available, Urban Details technology intensifies the visual environment. Man made tunnels, both engineered and of ad hoc design, present challenges for automation given the general lack of detailed source data. The top, left figure shows an ad hoc tunnel generated from a set of linear segments. The top, right figure shows an engineered bunker with a staircase leading into the underground structure as represented in Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2).  These structures can also exported to support UHRB (OneSAF), MES (OTBSAF), and Complex Buildings (JCATS).

The bottom, left figure shows a collection of advanced building roof models parametrically generated from simple 2D building footprints. Finally, the bottom, right figure illustrates the automated generation of gated apertures in a rural fence.  Urban Details technology places user defined models within any aperture (door, window, wall). In the case of visual game environments, these apertures have the properties necessary to interact with players, including motion and real time destruction.

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ad hoc tunnel vbs2 stairs

Ad-hoc Tunnels with Rubble Models

Underground Stairs in VBS2

advanced roofs vbs2 gates

Advanced Roof Generation

Animated Gates in VBS2

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 Windows XP and Vista.

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 GISLinkTM 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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