Simulation learning company 3Dsolve has released new information regarding Operational Views in 3D (OV3D), a 3D visual simulation tool that enables the US Army to create scenarios describing communications networks in a modern battlespace environment.
OV3D was created with the help of Lockheed Martin, and is based on the open source Croquet development platform, which is designed for large-scale, collaborative, simulation-based training environments.
According to 3Dsolve, OV3D can provide an instant and user friendly visualization of database reports that are otherwise difficult to understand for interactive editing and presentation to decision makers. In an OV3D project scenario, a technician can import existing architecture or operational data or use a PC mouse to quickly position people and equipment on a terrain to generate a geospatial view that illustrates changes to a battlespace configuration.
The visual language of OV3D consists of nodes and connectors. A node is any type of element present on the battlefield including personnel, equipment, platforms, vehicles, and facilities. Nodes are arranged in a hierarchy, and connectors represent the communication or other relationships between those nodes.
In addition, by using a mouse and the 3D navigation controls, a user can freely grab and drag terrain, rotate the scene, and zoom in and out, allowing for the ability to transition from a top-down map view to an isometric 3D perspective view. Using these controls, it is possible to navigate and view data at any angle.
“In essence, we have created an interactive 3D demonstration for mission planning and analysis,” explained 3Dsolve chief executive Officer Richard Boyd. “This capability provides instant exposure of gaps and deficiencies in any network-centric battle plan.”
For more information concerning OV3D, a video demonstration can be viewed on the official 3Dsolve website