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Spatio-temporal animation of army logistics simulations, facilitating analysis of military deployments
Author(s): Richard Love; William Horsthemke; Charles Macal; Charles Van Groningen
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Paper Abstract

Visualization techniques for simulations are often limited to statistical reports, graphs, and charts, but simulations can be enhanced through the use of animation. A spatio-temporal animation allows a viewer to observe a simulation operate, rather than deduce it from numerical output. The Route Viewer, developed by Argonne National Laboratory, is a two-dimensional animation model that animates the objects and events produced by a discrete event simulation. It operates in a playback mode, whereby a simulated scenario is animated after the simulation has completed. The Route Viewer is used to verify the simulation's processes and data, but it also benefits the simulation as an analytical tool by facilitating spatial and temporal analysis. By visualizing the events of a simulated scenario in two-dimensional space, it is possible to determine whether the scenario, or simulation model, is reasonable. Further, the Route Viewer provides an awareness of what happens in a scenario, when it happens, and the completeness and efficiency of the scenario and its processes. For Army deployments, it highlights utilization of resources and where bottlenecks are occurring. This paper discusses how the Route Viewer facilitates the analysis of military deployment simulation model results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5438, Visual Information Processing XIII, (15 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.542583
Show Author Affiliations
Richard Love, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
William Horsthemke, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Charles Macal, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Charles Van Groningen, Argonne National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5438:
Visual Information Processing XIII
Zia-ur Rahman; Robert A. Schowengerdt; Stephen E. Reichenbach, Editor(s)

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