Presagis is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 Presagis Awards, recognizing the creativity and innovation of customers and partners using Presagis COTS software solutions.
Winners are all lead the way in terms of technical expertise and innovation in application development.
This year's Presagis awards winners include:
The “Most Innovative Application” award is given to the customer or partner who demonstrates the greatest innovation with Presagis tools. This innovation can be related to a new application of tools, to an emerging market, or to accomplishing something no one else has even considered.
The criteria for evaluating the “Most Innovative Application” include method of approach, real-world applicability, and uniqueness. This year, there are two recipients of this award: JC Group for their work on a full-immersion virtual flight to Mars and Flexible Software Solutions for their UA Squared product.
The goal of JC Group’s flight to Mars project was to create an application that achieves maximum immersion and full interaction between users and 3D models. The simulator will be used to train astronauts for all aspects of a Mars mission. The virtual flight includes a simulation of the landing and exploration of the Martian surface as well as a simulated return to Earth.
Working with Presagis products, the team at JC Group developed the Mars simulation with a team from Information Meta Systems. They employed Creator and Vega Prime to develop the interplanetary spacecraft, lander, Martian terrain, rovers, astronauts, and different infrastructure objects. In addition, they used the Vega Prime Effects module to create a wide variety of mission effects, including dust storms during the landing and takeoff of the lander.
FSS’ UA2 (User Application Accelerator) is a bridge between VAPS XT 661 and ARINC 661 system development. It enables the rapid development of dynamic Human Machine Interface (HMI) behavior for an ARINC 661 target platform without the need for extensive knowledge of all the ARINC 661 protocols. To bridge this gap, UA2 first imports into a modeling tool a representation of the ARINC 661 Widget Library generated by VAPS XT 661. Then it allows HMI designers to assign behaviors to widgets and to bind system component data. Finally exports data that drives the User Application (UA) according to the behavior and data bindings specified.
The benefits of employing UA2 include the requirements traceability and automatic document generation of UA components to system data, reduced testing effort, a faster time to market, a neat and logical split between the system behavior and its graphical representation, and the elimination of hard to trace and correct ARINC 661 messaging problems.
The “Best 3D Model” award is given to the organization that has developed the best 3D model using Presagis Creator. The criteria for evaluation for this award include excellence in efficiency and appearance, as well as the model’s realism. This year’s “Best 3D Model” award recipient is Simthetiq for their 3D model of an A-10C Warthog. This fully articulated and accurate 3D model of an A-10C Warthog was built for the US Air Force for their A10 trainer. Requirements for the model included the ability to simulate air-to-air refueling capabilities as well as reconfigurable armaments.
Working with Presagis Creator allowed Simthetiq to achieve the ideal balance between performance, realism, and functionality in the development of the A-10C 3D model. For example, the development team at Simthetiq used Creator to manipulate the level of detail of the model’s highly sophisticated cockpit by masking out the instruments when viewed from the exterior of the aircraft. In addition, the new Radiosity tools in Creator made it possible for the team to capture and transfer the aircraft’s lighting information directly onto the textures as light maps, fundamentally increasing the model’s realism.
The team also used vertex normals editing in the configuration of the directional light points, enabling the possibility of nighttime simulations, and implemented high resolution textures to greatly improve squadron and aircraft identification and to facilitate pilot-to-pilot communication capabilities. And, finalizing the A-10C through the use of the Creator viewer also allowed the team at Simthetiq to accurately preview both the normal maps and reflection map realtime shaders and to produce an exceptionally realistic and high fidelity 3D model.
The “Best Database” award is given to the most sophisticated database created using Presagis Content Creation tools. The evaluation criteria for this award include visual appearance, size, and complexity of the database, number of formats generated, and correlation. This year’s recipient is the UK’s Cassidian for their Celtic Manor Ryder Cup simulation.
The goal of this project was to develop a high resolution, geo-specific database of the Celtic Manor Ryder Cup golf course to be used by Gwent Police Command for situational awareness and asset tracking of police officers. This was achieved by taking GPS feeds from Police issue radios and displaying them in realtime in Cassidian’s synthetic environment.
Cassidian’s database runs consistently at 60Hz and displays over 400 entities, including the Celtic Manor Hotel, 2010 Clubhouse, Old Clubhouse, power pylons, trees, main road bridges, street lights, 2010 Ryder Cup Bridge, all 18 grandstands, score Boards, tee boards, golf flags, hospitality buildings and tents, and hole numbering.
Working with Terra Vista and Creator, the development team at Cassidian was able to build a highly efficient database that allowed application flexibility and correlation. By employing Presagis Content Creation tools, the team at Cassidian was able to deliver both the required high resolution and database efficiency.
The “Most Valuable Plug-In or Application Based on a Presagis Product API” award is given to the customer or partner who adds the most valuable functionality to a Presagis solution using a software API or extension capability. The criteria for evaluation include the design of the new application or capability as well as its optimization and performance. This year’s recipient is Adacel Inc. for their Adacel Terrain Tool.
Adacel’s Terrain Tool is based on the Presagis OpenFlight API and was developed as part of a project for the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA contracted Adacel to create Air Traffic Control Tower Simulator Systems that included 70 visual databases (VDB). Adacel developed their Terrain Tool to meet requirement challenges for the systems and to assist the team in building the numerous VDBs under a tight production schedule.
Working with the OpenFlight API, Adacel’s Terrain Tool takes care of modeling movement areas by preparing more than 85% of the work. To achieve this, the Tool first performs a validation of connection types between the surface primitives of a 2D input file and computes the centerlines of primitives that are coded as candidates to be profiled in 3D. Then, the Tool applies processing passes in a precise order, thereby turning the 2D surface into a 3D surface. This allows the database modeler to save days or even weeks when constructing movement areas while, at the same time, ensuring that FAA requirements are met.
The “Best Visualization Application” award is given to the best visual application built using Presagis Vega Prime. To be eligible, the application must be deployable as an independent visualization application and must also either be an Image Generator (IG), a stealth viewer, an out-the-window (OTW) view, or any other visualization application for simulations. The criteria for evaluation include realism and performance as well as the scope of both the application and its configuration. This year’s recipient is Turkey’s KaTron A.S. for their full motion tramway simulator.
Working with Creator and Vega Prime, KaTron developed this simulator for the transportation company Istanbul Ulasim A.S. to assist in driver training. The simulator consists of a driver compartment, computer and I/O systems, sound systems, instructor operation station, communication system, and visual system.
For the simulator, the team at KaTron built a geo-specific visual database of one of the most crowded areas of Istanbul. In addition, they created 4 versions of the train track and city so as to simulate summer and winter as well as day and night for each. For each database, about 20,000 buildings were modeled one-to-one with real buildings using Vega Prime. While historical and monumental buildings were modeled with 5 LODs, the remaining were modeled with 3 LODs. For every LOD, the same building was photographed 3-5 times at the specific distance correlated with its LOD.
KaTron also used Vega Prime to recreate the Istanbul area by visualizing high resolution satellite imagery. In addition, they employed Vega Prime Effects to create multiple special effects, including fire on a road and smoke from an incoming train. As the simulation was required to run deterministically, KaTron leveraged Vega Prime’s ability to render large databases at 60Hz by enabling texture subloading on datasets.
The “Best Simulation Application” award is given to the best simulation created using Presagis software. The award recognizes the development of a reliable, robust, and innovative simulation application. Evaluation criteria for the award include the ability to solve challenges, the quick turnover and delivery of the application, and the level of interoperability achieved by the application. This year’s recipient of the “Best Simulation Application” award is Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) for their Civilian Activity Modeling for eXercises and eXperimentation (CAMX).
Using Presagis AI.implant as its multi-agent engine, CAMX is a real-time multi-agent geo-simulation in which agents are individual pedestrians or vehicles. Typically, the CAMX is used in a federation of simulations where it provides military war-games with background civilian activity. To develop the CAMX, the team at DRDC first carefully selected the most relevant civilian behaviours, including reactions to the presence of soldiers, vehicles, or weapons effects, and then used the authoring tools and common behaviours included in AI.implant to simulate the most common range of civilian-military interactions. By employing the highly efficient perception and pathfinding functions in AI.implant, CAMX is able to simulate thousands of civilian entities on a typical gaming PC. By covering the most common range of civilian-military interactions, CAMX helps raise the immersive complexity possible in synthetic environments to the same level that decision makers are confronted with on the battlefield.
The “Most Valuable Industry Partner” award recognizes partners who have excelled in delivering exceptional value to the industry over the course of the year. The criteria for evaluation for this award include the adoption by Presagis customers of an integrated Presagis COTS software and Partner products/services application. In addition, the benefits of the Partner solution, including time and cost savings, application performance improvements, and overall improvement of application quality and aesthetics, as well as the demonstrated technology innovation are also taken into consideration. This year’s “Most Valuable Industry Partner” award recipient is Scalable Network Technologies.
Scalable Network Technologies has developed QualNet, a high-fidelity network evaluation software that predicts wireless, wired, and mixed-platform network and networking device performance. With the increased use of net-centric communications systems, operational teams often depend on real-time voice, video, and data information over ad-hoc mobile networks. These networks can be compromised by a variety of invisible threats, including environmental, technical and cyber-based factors.
By integrating QualNet, the communication network effects tool, and Presagis STAGE together within simulation applications, Scalable Network Technologies and Presagis are providing cutting-edge communications realism for simulated scenarios.