Solid Terrain Modeling Creates Huge 3-D Terrain Model of Camp Pendleton; Largest Physical Terrain Model Ever From STM; Model to be Displayed at San Diego's ESRI Conference

ESRI User Conference 2003

FILLMORE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 2, 2003--Solid Terrain Modeling (STM), manufacturer of the world's most accurate 3-D solid terrain models, has completed a 384 sq. ft. (16' x 24') model of the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton, California. This project is the world's largest physical terrain model ever created from digital data sources.

The entire Camp Pendleton model will be on display in the Map Gallery at the ESRI User Conference in San Diego, CA from July 7-9. STM will also exhibit other models at its ESRI booth # 722/724.

The United States Marine Corps commissioned this model for use by the Camp Pendleton-based 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF).

To create the Camp Pendleton scene, STM used 10-meter elevation data from SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) and imagery from 2-foot colorized infrared data. The model consists of twelve 4' x 8' polyurethane panels which are tiled together to re-create the entire (16' x 24') Camp Pendleton region.

At the I MEF training site, nine of twelve panels at a time will be placed on a large table for tactical training sessions. Computer systems and lasers are used with the model to display different military scenarios based on the Camp Pendleton terrain.

"We continue to find new applications and new demands for our models," said Lawrence Faulkner, President and CEO of STM. "This model of Camp Pendleton is a significant milestone in the development of solid terrain models and it will be an important tool for refining the Marines' military training capabilities."


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 brilliant color.

Seventeen STM models are now on display at the National Geographic Society's Explorers Hall museum in Washington, DC, including the 52' x 6.5' model of the Grand Canyon.

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