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Rapid terrain database generation using image differencing and 3D terrain editing tools
Author(s): Wolfgang Baer; Todd Ross Campbell
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Paper Abstract

The ability to rapidly and inexpensively generate terrain databases to replicate actual terrain is critical to insuring correlation between the results from live, virtual, and constructive simulations used in testing and evaluating weapons, sensors, and battlefield command and control systems. In this paper we describe a technique for producing battlefield terrain data sets from oblique aerial photos and other nontraditional data sources using image differencing and 3D terrain editing tools. This technique uses a feedback loop to calculate terrain data parameters from differences between actual sensor imagery and synthetic imagery of replicated terrain created by an image generator. The technique is especially well suited for updating knowledge of battlefield situations from reconnaissance and remotely piloted vehicle sensors. It also holds promise for automation and real-time data reduction of battlefield sensor feeds and improved now-time situational awareness. W e will present the algorithms and approach utilized in the Image Differencing technique. We will also describe the software developed to implement the approach. Lastly we will present the results of experiments and benchmarks conducted to measure the effectiveness and progress made toward real-time terrain database generation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5101, Battlespace Digitization and Network-Centric Systems III, (22 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.488262
Show Author Affiliations
Wolfgang Baer, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
Todd Ross Campbell, U.S. Army Operational Test Command (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5101:
Battlespace Digitization and Network-Centric Systems III
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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