FILLMORE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 7, 2003--Solid Terrain
Modeling (STM), manufacturer of the world's most accurate 3-D solid
terrain models, has completed a new model for the United States
Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. The model was purchased for the
Geospatial Information Science Program at the USMA.
Dr. John Brockhaus, associate professor and director, Geospatial
Information Science Program, USMA, said, "The model was produced from
a combination of 30-meter digital elevation model data, acquired from
the United States Geological Survey's National Elevation Data set, and
IKONOS 4-meter multispectral imagery, acquired from Space Imaging
Inc." He said that the model will be used in several courses within
the GIS program, as well as military history and military geography
courses at the USMA.
Instructors teaching computer cartography plan on using the model
as an example of a new and innovative method for three-dimensional
visualization of battlespace. The "Introduction to Remote Sensing"
course will use the model in discussions regarding the integration of
data collected from space-based remote sensing assets with other types
of spatial information. The class will also discuss the technology
used to produce the model. Students in the "Advanced Remote Sensing"
course will use the digital data provided to STM in the development of
"Fly Thrus" and virtual tours of the battlefield using ERDAS Imagine.
In the military history and military geography courses, the model will
be used as a visual aid when analyzing the Battle of Gettysburg.
Lawrence Faulkner, president of STM, stated, "The USMA
applications exemplify the use of our physical models as unique and
highly contributive training aids. We have shipped a significant
number of models to government agencies for this purpose."
About STM Models
STM produces the world's most accurate, full-color, 3-D solid
models of geographic terrain. STM models provide a level of
comprehension not found in any other mapping technology. People can
gather around an STM model and view it from any angle. They can
discuss it, touch it, and point to specific features on it. As they
do, everyone in the group "gets" it -- the scale, distances, terrain,
coloration, points of view, sight lines and more.
To produce a model, STM uses digital elevation and imagery data
for the selected geographic area. The elevation data controls STM's
highly calibrated cutting machine as it carves the model into
high-density plastic foam. Then, STM's printing machine applies the
image data directly onto the model's surface. The result is an exact
replica of the geographic area -- in breathtaking detail, and in
Seventeen STM models are now on display at the National Geographic
Society's Explorers Hall museum in Washington, DC.
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