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Modeling and Simulation Terrain Database Library
What is it?
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Army Geospatial Center (AGC) has partnered with leading Modeling and Simulation (M&S) providers to distribute M&S terrain databases along with operational geospatial products on its Common Map Background (CMB) website.
What has the Army done?
The AGC has made available 164 free M&S terrain databases in the library to support Live, Virtual, and Constructive simulations used in training, testing and experimentation. These M&S terrain databases are available in multiple formats suitable for use in Joint Semi-Automated Forces (JSAF), One Semi-Automated Forces (OneSAF), Virtual Battle Space 2 (VBS2), and other Department of Defense (DOD) simulations. Since adding M&S terrain databases, CMB users have downloaded over 90 databases.
Available terrain databases include selected Army training areas as well as areas of recent Army deployments. One example database is the Fort Polk, La./Joint Readiness Center Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain (MOUT) Training Site. Additionally, CMB supports a prototype Integrated Training Environment (ITE) of the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), New Mexico, that can be used to link simulations with operational Mission Command systems in a training scenario framework. This ITE consists of operational geospatial products and their corresponding M&S terrain databases of the WSMR in support of the Network Integrated Evaluations (NIEs).
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The M&S Terrain Database Library is an enduring capability supported by the AGC and is the same framework used to distribute operational geospatial products to Army and DOD users world-wide. The AGC will continue to improve the CMB and M&S Terrain Database Library, with a goal of providing a single site to obtain all geospatial products for both operational and generating force requirements.
Besides M&S terrain database developed by the AGC, CMB also hosts databases produced by the Training Brain Operations Center . AGC is interested in hosting other databases from other DOD terrain database producers. Other producers who wish to use CMB to redistribute their databases should contact the AGC's Geospatial Acquisition Support Directorate.
Why is this important to the Army?
The M&S Terrain Database Library provides the Army with a one stop repository for all geospatial products. This system streamlines delivery of operational and M&S geospatial products. The library also promotes re-use and distribution of current M&S terrain databases saving development costs and time. Assuming an average cost for each new M&S terrain database of at least $150,000, the databases downloaded to date represent a potential cost savings of over $13 million.
Common Map Background (PDF)
STAND-TO!: U.S. Army Common Map Background Program
M&S Terrain Generation (PDF)
U.S. Army Geospatial Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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