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Generation of large scale urban environments to support advanced sensor and seeker simulation
Author(s): Joseph Giuliani; Daniel Hershey; David McKeown Jr.; Carla Willis; Tan Van
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Paper Abstract

One of the key aspects for the design of a next generation weapon system is the need to operate in cluttered and complex urban environments. Simulation systems rely on accurate representation of these environments and require automated software tools to construct the underlying 3D geometry and associated spectral and material properties that are then formatted for various objective seeker simulation systems. Under an Air Force Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract, we have developed an automated process to generate 3D urban environments with user defined properties. These environments can be composed from a wide variety of source materials, including vector source data, pre-existing 3D models, and digital elevation models, and rapidly organized into a geo-specific visual simulation database. This intermediate representation can be easily inspected in the visible spectrum for content and organization and interactively queried for accuracy. Once the database contains the required contents, it can then be exported into specific synthetic scene generation runtime formats, preserving the relationship between geometry and material properties. To date an exporter for the Irma simulation system developed and maintained by AFRL/Eglin has been created and a second exporter to Real Time Composite Hardbody and Missile Plume (CHAMP) simulation system for real-time use is currently being developed. This process supports significantly more complex target environments than previous approaches to database generation. In this paper we describe the capabilities for content creation for advanced seeker processing algorithms simulation and sensor stimulation, including the overall database compilation process and sample databases produced and exported for the Irma runtime system. We also discuss the addition of object dynamics and viewer dynamics within the visual simulation into the Irma runtime environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7348, Modeling and Simulation for Military Operations IV, 734805 (30 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820254
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph Giuliani, TerraSim, Inc. (United States)
Daniel Hershey, TerraSim, Inc. (United States)
David McKeown Jr., TerraSim, Inc. (United States)
Carla Willis, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Tan Van, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7348:
Modeling and Simulation for Military Operations IV
Dawn A. Trevisani, Editor(s)

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