Engineers, CFTs to highlight virtual, real-world 3D for multi-domain operations

By U.S. Army Geospatial Center Public AffairsOctober 8, 2019

USACE AGC, CFTs to explore bridging the gap between virtual and real-world 3D for multi-domain operations
U.S. Army Soldiers use ATLAS, or Artificially Intelligent Targeting System, for mission brief. Thought leaders will discuss how technology could bridge the gap between virtual modeling and simulation and real world 3D terrain in Geographic Informatio... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Contemporary Military Forum -- Army Geospatial Enterprise Architecture: Aligning Operational Geospatial Requirements and the Synthetic Training Environment will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Room 152 AB from 3 to 5 p.m.

Thought leaders will discuss how to bridge between current virtual modeling and simulation technology and what is possible with real world 3D terrain in Geographic Information Systems.

Gary Blohm, director of the U.S. Army Geospatial Center, which is a Field Operating Activity within the Army Corps of Engineers, will lead the discussion regarding new possibilities in high resolution 3D data, joined by directors from Synthetic Training Environment and Network Cross Functional Teams, both components of the U.S. Army Futures Command.

"We want to achieve a common picture that puts capability in the hands of warfighters in both 2D and 3D," said Blohm, who leads Army geospatial research and operational support. "The geospatial foundation is an organizing principle within military systems."

Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, STE CFT director, is responsible for rapidly expanding the Army's virtual and simulations training capability down to battalion and company levels. She has said that One World Terrain, or OWT, will create authoritative 3-D terrain models that can be used in any simulation, trainer, or mission command system.

Depicting roads, structures and trees in the right location is just the first step to providing usable 3D terrain, Gervais said. The 3D model must differentiate between clear and opaque structures and accurately depict the height and thickness of vegetation to support line-of-sight analysis. It must differentiate between muddy streets, dirt trails and asphalt highways to support route planning. It must identify which walls are concrete and which are wood to ensure the structures react realistically to battlefield effects within scenario.

Network CFT is concerned with how information interacts with tactical networks.

Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, Network CFT director, is responsible for delivering the Army a tactical network that enables success in a multi-domain environment by 2028. The cross functional team's mission also includes integrating tactical with enterprise modernization.

The CMF is a unique opportunity to hear multiple perspectives about a common geospatial architecture.

Blohm, the Army's Chief Geospatial Information Officer, welcomes to the discussion Maj. Gen. Maria R. Gervais, director, Synthetic Training Environment CFT of AFC; Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, director, Network CFT of AFC; Ms. Kateri Garcia, Lidar and Hi-Resolution 3D branch chief, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; and Mr. Isaac Zaworcki, vice president, VRICON.

Media are invited to a Media Round Table for interviews from 5:30 -6 p.m. in Room 140B following the forum. Media must register through AUSA to attend.

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