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FCS Test Article Database

Purpose The U.S. Army Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) is producing the terrain databases of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) and Fort Bliss for FCS use in Modeling and Simulation (M&S), Test and Evaluation, and Experimentation applications. The master database will continue to be maintained, refined, and validated such that it becomes an engineering-scale Test Article Database. The database covers 3 by 4 degrees of longitude and latitude, respectively. In FY06, we modeled natural and cultural features including 30-m elevations, thousands of instances of scrub vegetation, and a dense transportation network. Over 6,500 simple buildings were digitized and 40 high resolution buildings in the Oro Grande Range were modeled. FY07 efforts include: 1) development of the Brigade Combat Team area terrain insets using 5-m IFSAR, 1-m LIDAR, and 30-cm LIDAR data; 2) generation of Ultra High Resolution Buildings (UHRB) by laser scanning; and 3) production of a Theater Geospatial Database (TGD). We will also continue to densify the database and will perform an analysis on the appropriate use of terrain data in various FCS applications. Database Reuse TEC has been an authoritative Army producer of M&S terrain databases for over a decade, constructing hundreds of databases, and distributing over 1,000 copies of these data to 300 different DoD organizations via the TEC Master Environmental Library (MEL) web site at To satisfy FCS database reuse needs, avoid run-time correlation problems, and to meet "fair test" and "fair fight" requirements, TEC recommends that participating organizations reuse, rather than recreate, these data. Agencies in need of runtime database formats not currently available may submit requests to TEC. For agencies with custom database requirements, we suggest reuse of the enhanced geospatial source data of WSMR and Fort Bliss to reduce development costs and maintain consistency with other FCS tests, experiments, and simulation federates. Currently available database formats include Compact Terrain Database (CTDB) for OneSAF Testbed and JSAF, Objective Terrain Format (OTF) for OneSAF Objective System (OOS), SEDRIS Transmittal Format (STF), OpenFlight, OpenScene Modstealth, CADRG and ESRI Shapefiles. Customers supported include the FCS Combined Test Organization (CTO), FCS Modeling and Simulation Management Office (MSMO), FCS Integrated Simulation and Test (IS&T) IPT, and the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC). Points of Contact For more information on the FCS Test Article Database, including version control and adjudication of appropriate levels of database content for various FCS applications, contact J. David Lashlee, Ph.D., Associate Technical Director, Topographic Engineering Center, at (703) 428-7133 or This project is funded by CTO, which has the mission to oversee Test and Evaluation (T&E) activities across the FCS program, and MSMO, which manages FCS M&S applications.


U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Topographic Engineering Center

January 2007 • •

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