TerraTools Training

TerraTools® Training Courses

VizMAP offers training in TerraTools. Standard four-day training includes the training courses listed below and allows customers to choose two half-day or one full-day course from the Advanced Training Options list. If a customer chooses to extend their training beyond four days or to return for additional training after completing the Standard Training, they can also choose from the Advanced Training Options list.

Introduction to TerraTools Standard Training
  • Introduction to training courses
  • TerraTools support options
  • TerraTools philosophy
  • Supported data sources and export formats
Working with the TerraTools Project Graph
  • Project graph interface
  • Node types, node options
  • Project settings available
  • Nodes and arcs
  • Right-click menus
  • Macro nodes
  • Progress monitor and multi-threading
  • Batch mode processing
Building a TerraTools Project: Cartographic Data Sources
  • Elevation data (DEM, DTM, breaklines, 3D features, point features)
  • Feature data (cultural data, vector formats, surface materials, attribution and geometry)
  • Imagery and digital maps (ortho-imagery, uncontrolled imagery)
Using NGA Data in TerraTools (option taught for NGA plug-in users)
  • Overview of NGA source data formats supported by TerraTools
  • Import of Digital Elevation data (DTED, SRTM)
  • Import of NGA Vector Data: DFAD, VPF, image formats
Building a TerraTools Project: OmniWizard
  • OmniWizard interface
  • Adding data files (and deleting)
  • Setting up data processing paths
  • Project coordinate system and bounds
  • Opening OmniWizard settings file
  • Using the wizard to create a TerraTools project graph
Building a TerraTools Project: Terrain Representations
  • Introduction to Integrated Triangulated Irregular Networks (ITINs)
  • Selection of polygon density and load module (tile) size
  • Trade-offs between total polygons, polygons per tile, terrain error
  • Use of error metrics to control polygon density
  • Selective fidelity masks and their effect on polygon density
  • Generation of levels of detain (LODs) for bare earth terrain
  • TIN issues (polygon budgets, TIN error, tile size)
Building a TerraTools Project: Coordinate Systems
  • Supported coordinate systems and datums
  • Using coordinate systems in TerraTools
  • Coordinate system issues for database export
Hands-on construction: Montenegro Database
  • Using GRIDASCII, Shapefile, and GeoTIFF data to create a TerraTools database (option not taught for NGA plug-in users)
  • Using DTED and VMAP level 1 data to create a TerraTools database (option taught for NGA plug-in users)
  • Customizing node properties
  • Using an OmniWizard settings file
  • Editing road data
  • Digitizing surface material data
  • Digitizing building footprints
  • Customizing extruded buildings
  • Using TEdit to place point models
  • Placing house models along road linears
  • Modifying canopy areals to scatter tree models
  • Exporting edited vector data to shapefiles
  • Exporting modified DEM data
Building a TerraTools Project: Data Processing Options
  • Setting up data processing options in the OmniWizard to produce project graphs
  • Understanding nodes and node sequencing
  • Bare earth TIN
  • Integrated features and surface features (roads, railroads, linear and areal drainage, surface materials)
  • Tree canopies and buffering features through canopies
  • Buildings and model placement
  • Phototextured terrain
Building a TerraTools Project: Troubleshooting
  • Node warning and error messages
  • Source data preparation
  • Node input order issues
  • Vector data issues
    • Coordinate systems
    • Complexity
    • Precision
    • Processing tolerances
    • Misattributed features
  • DEM issues (over-sampling, missing values, poor quality)
  • Missing models, textures, and appearances
  • Model density and orientation
  • Using the Progress Monitor
  • Computer processing limitations
  • Packaging projects for TerraSim support
TSGFly Database Preview and Distribution
  • Navigation options (fly, drive, observe, orbit, navigation buttons)
  • User preferences (database display and loading, coordinate system display)
  • View menu options
  • X-ray (remove walls, windows, and ground polygons)
  • Points and paths (save points of interest or common driving and flying paths)
  • Labels (add billboard labels and customize their text and appearance)
  • Areas of effect (simulate a sphere or cone of influence from a point)
  • Dynamic models (add camera, video, or microphone icons for use with TerraTours multimedia links)
  • Overlay map (customizing options, jumping to a point in the database)
  • Command-line options and batch files
  • Packaging a TSG database for distribution to customers

Included in the four-day standard TerraTools training are two courses from the following list or one course from the full-day list. Additional advanced training courses can be added to extend Standard Training beyond four days. Additional Advanced Training Options can also be purchased at any time after completing the standard training.

+ Working with Your Own Data in TerraTools

+ Advanced Techniques for Placing and Generating Models in TerraTools

+ Customizing Urban Databases

+ TerraTools Batch Mode

+ GISLink and TerraTours

+ TerraTools and SEDRIS Transmittal File (STF) Export

+ Using 3ds Max to Enhance a TerraTools Database

+ TerraTools JCATS Export

+ TerraTools MÄK GDB Export

+ TerraTools OpenFlight and OpenSceneGraph Export

+ Exporting Correlated OTF and CTDB with TerraTools

+ Exporting Correlated OTF and VBS2 with TerraTools

+ TerraTools Steel Beasts Professional Export

Included in the four-day standard TerraTools training is one course from the following list or two courses from the half-day list (above). Additional advanced training courses can be added to extend Standard Training beyond four days. Additional Advanced Training Options can be purchased at any time after completing the Standard Training course. These courses can be used as refresher courses or to expand existing knowledge. All courses include source data and customers will leave with completed TerraTools projects.

+ Working with Your Own Data in TerraTools

+ Scripting with Tcl in TerraTools

+ Advanced Techniques for Producing Terrain Surfaces in TerraTools

+ Advanced Techniques for Customizing Extruded Buildings in TerraTools

+ Advanced Techniques for Working with Phototextured Terrain in TerraTools

+ Generating Complex Buildings for Constructive and Visual Simulation

+ TerraTools and OneSAF Database Export

+ TerraTools and CTDB Export

+ TerraTools and Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2) Database Export