TerraTools Exporter for Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2) Now Available – 23/3/9

March 23, 2009

Pittsburgh, PA – TerraSim, Inc. is pleased to announce that the full release of the TerraTools Exporter for Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2) is now available for customer download from TerraSim's support website.

Virtual Battlespace 2 is a fully interactive, three-dimensional training system that provides a premium synthetic environment suitable for a wide range of military (or similar) training and experimentation purposes. Developed by Bohemia Interactive Australia (BIA), VBS2 offers both virtual and constructive interfaces onto high-fidelity worlds of unparalled realism. VBS2 is used by military organizations worldwide for mission rehearsal, tactical training, and simulated combined arms exercises. To learn more about VBS2, visit www.vbs2.com.

TerraSim's VBS2 exporter plug-in extends TerraTools' impressive range of capabilities to export 3D terrain databases correlated for both visual simulation and semi-automated forces (SAF) applications of constructive simulation. Real-time interaction between VBS2 and the US Army's OneSAF runtime environment, interconnected via the Calytrix LVC Game interface and using correlated terrains produced by TerraTools, generated significant interest at I/ITSEC in December of 2008. These correlated terrain databases, as well as databases in OpenFlight 16.0, JCATS 7.1.5, JSAF (CTDB8), OneSAF Testbed (OTF) (CTDB7), and MÄK VR-Forces, are available for download from the Calytrix website.

In these databases, TerraTools Urban Details processing generates and converts roof clutter, free-standing walls, buildings with interiors, and power lines with wires into the equivalent VBS2 runtime format employing user-defined appearances and clutter. Both simple buildings and those with interiors, windows, and doors can be automatically created.

Urban Details processing can be tailored to adjust to user requirements for model placement including density, model vanishing ranges, and levels of detail. Models can be used from the standard TerraTools model library or users can organize their models into regionally or culturally specific groups. In addition to automatic model placement and alignment using geometric constraints, model groups can be constructed and scripted to avoid simple repetition.

Models that are specifically constructed for VBS2 in any of the BIA toolsets can be placed in the TerraTools generated VBS2 environments, giving them a full range of runtime effects, including dynamic damage states. Models created in 3DStudioMax and OpenFlight can be converted using TerraTools and the free 3DStudioMax plug-in. Extruded buildings or buildings with interiors created from GIS/VMAP data can also be used.

TerraSim's release of the VBS2 exporter plug-in is fully supported with tech notes, frequently asked questions, and help desk support (links require support site login).

For more information on licensing and general information for the VBS2 exporter plug-in, contact sales@terrasim.com.

About TerraSim

TerraSim is a US owned high-technology company that provides software solutions and services for advanced visual simulation and database construction using a variety of geospatial source data. TerraTools®, their primary product, is available for both Windows XP and Vista.

TerraTools is used in the automated construction of dense urban environments for operations planning and situation assessment as well as to produce exercise databases covering hundreds of one degree geocells. TerraSim also provides database construction services and advanced technology development for both civilian and military customers.

TerraSim's TerraTours® product supports highly interactive geospatial query using 3D visualizations linked to a variety of collateral source data. Using GISLink™ technology, TerraTours users can automatically georeference and display information sources such as still photography, video streams, CAD design data, maps, and any web-enabled document.