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
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."
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, including the 52' x
6.5' model of the Grand Canyon.
Solid Terrain Modeling 340 Fillmore St., Fillmore, CA 93015 805/524-7307 Fax: 805/524-1973 www.stm-usa.com
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CONTACT: Solid Terrain Modeling Gary James, 661/821-9040 Email Contact or Darryl Lloyd, Inc. (for STM) Darryl Lloyd, 805/499-0562 Email Contact