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Virtual Aberdeen Proving Ground with MOUT Site

One of several urban warfare virtual terrains MetaVR™ has built is the geospecific high-resolution virtual Aberdeen Proving Ground, with the Mulberry Point MOUT site at the Aberdeen Test Center (ATC). This 350 sq km virtual terrain was modeled after the major range and test facility base and MOUT site located at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Harford County, Maryland.

MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) real-time real-time aerial view of the virtual ATC Mulberry Point MOUT site at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) real-time real-time aerial view of the virtual Mulberry Point MOUT site at ATC.
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Because this virtual ATC terrain matches the actual facility to a significant degree of accuracy, the simulated MOUT site can be used for activities such as prototyping the interaction of small unmanned ground vehicles (SUGV) with infantry in a simulated urban setting.

Real-time rendering in MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) of a scene featuring soldiers and an SUGV at the entrance of a structure on the virtual MOUT site on MetaVR's Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) database.
Scene with XM1216 SUGV on MetaVR's ATC terrain database.
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Since its inception in 1918, ATC has developed into a diverse rigorous DOD test site. The Mulberry Point area of ATC is the home of the Soldier Systems Test Facility (SSTF) which provides present and future warfighters the resources to test and demonstrate a broad spectrum of military weapons systems and equipment. The facility's MOUT site is a compound of fixed and reconfigurable structures within a road network. The varied terrain and movable structures enable the testing of diverse mission capabilities.

About the 3D terrain

The 3D terrain, built with MetaVR Terrain Tools for Esri® ArcGIS®, was constructed from 0.15 mpp per pixel imagery over the entire Aberdeen Proving Ground and surrounding area and 8 meter per post elevation data. The 350 sq km terrain is in MetaVR's Metadesic round-earth format.

Real-time aerial view of the Ft. Wainwright database in MetaVR VRSG. VRSG real-time rendering of a section of the virtual ATC Mulberry Point MOUT site at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, which features over 20 geospecific photo-textured structures.

Nearby modeled culture areas (also with 0.15 mpp imagery) are the BWI Thurgood Marshall and Martin State airports.

The terrain geometry created by MetaVR Terrain Tools includes a high-resolution representation of the Mulberry Point coastline on the Chesapeake Bay. At runtime, VRSG generates multi-textured, animated, normal-mapped water surfaces in the cutout regions identified as water. The terrain seamlessly transitions to the simulated water generated by VRSG.

Real-time aerial view of the Ft. Wainwright database in MetaVR VRSG. VRSG real-time view of a portion of the virtual Mulberry Point MOUT site.

About the models

The virtual MOUT site area contains over 20 geospecific photo-textured structures and over 124,000 volumetric trees of varying types, power lines, and poles. The site-specific culture models were built with industry standard 3D modeling tools such as Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max, and then converted to MetaVR's model format. The models are available in MetaVR's 3D model libraries.

Real-time aerial view of the Ft. Wainwright database in MetaVR VRSG. VRSG real-time view of a portion of the virtual Mulberry Point MOUT site.

All MOUT site-specific models were created with textures derived from high-resolution photographs taken at the actual site, at ground level, with a high-resolution digital camera. All high-resolution MOUT building models contain modeled interiors and articulated doors and windows. The database makes extensive use of other elements such as street lights, oil drums, power cables, and fences. All models are in MetaVR’s model format.  

Interior of a high-resolution building model on the virtual MOUT site at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

  
Interior staircase and second floor of one of the building models on the virtual MOUT site area within the ATC terrain.

Actual and simulated views of the MOUT site at Mulberry Point

Below is a series of images of ATC's MOUT site at Mulberry Point. You can compare photographs of the actual MOUT site on the left with VRSG screen captures of the simulated view on the right. The models of buildings and other structures are photorealistic; the models were created from photographs taken of the area.

Photographs of ATC's Mulberry Point MOUT site. VRSG screen captures of the MetaVR's real-time ATC database.

MetaVR’s virtual Aberdeen Proving Ground with Mulberry Point MOUT site is available as part of the Northeast US region of CONUS++ 3D terrain, available to all MetaVR customers who are on active VRSG software maintenance and are US Government agencies or contractors (for official use only). For US-domestic use only, not available for export. The terrain is provided in MetaVR's round-earth terrain format and will only run with a valid VRSG version 5.10 or greater software license with active software maintenance valid through March 30, 2016.

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