Presagis is proud to announce the winners of the 2011 Presagis Awards, recognizing the creativity and innovation of customers and partners using Presagis off-the-shelf software solutions.
Submissions in all categories were evaluated on content, supporting documentation, and criteria specific to each category.
Winners all lead the way in terms of technical expertise and innovation in application development.
This year's Presagis awards winners include:
The “Best HMI Application” award is given to the organization that has developed the best Human Machine Interface using Presagis VAPS, VAPS XT, or VAPS XT-178. The criteria of evaluation for this award include ease-of-integration, innovation, and complexity of the application. This year’s “Best HMI Application” award recipient is Aeroconseil for their multi-touch cockpit application.
Working with VAPS XT, the Avionics Operation team at Aeroconseil developed this multi-touch cockpit application to allow for rapid prototyping and integrating of a new method of interacting with a cockpit HMI. The application can run on any Windows XP laptop that is equipped with a 3M multi-touch screen, which means that engineers can easily evaluate their concepts with test pilots.
This application allows pilots and engineers to explore and evaluate this new type of interaction as well as introduce it into a cockpit to improve both the pilot’s situational awareness and ease-of-access to information. The operational scenario includes consulting the flight plan, checking approach procedures, visualizing terrain around the procedure and airport, and zooming into an airport map to check taxi clearance. All of this occurs in the same HMI.
The multi-touch screen allows pilots to use a variety of finger motions to access information. A single finger drag rotates the 3D map, a two finger drag allows the pilot to zoom and rotate, and a three finger angular drag controls the tilt of the camera. And, through a radial drag, the pilot can also control the height of a reference plane. Aerconseil’s application helps pilots and engineers test and integrate this new form of pilot-HMI interaction.
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 SAAB Czech s.r.o. for their MAN SX 45 Multi 2 IAC.
The MAN SX 45 is an all-wheel military truck that is air-transportable and features an 8x8 chassis. This model also includes a mine-thrower extension that is fully articulated for real-time military training and simulation systems.
For the MAN SX 45 project, the team used Creator to develop the model’s geometry and hierarchical structure. Creator was also key to designing the articulated parts that are all controlled by Degree’s of Freedoms (DOFs), including switching to change damage states where each state is a separate external reference. In addition, they applied special ‘omni’ and ‘uni’ directional lightpoint textures to achieve the required level of realism for night scenes.
Working with the automatic LOD generation tool in Creator also allowed them to quickly create distant level of detail (LOD) of soldiers inside the car.
SAAB Czech s.r.o. uses Creator as the main tool for all of its 3D models. The MAN SX 45 Multi 2 IAC is just a part of their moving model library of more than 380 models that can be used in any type of simulator.
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, complexity of the database, number of formats generated, and correlation. This year’s recipient is B-Design3D Ltd. for their visual database of the City of Zurich for Bagira Systems Ltd.
B-Design3D is a leading independent provider of high performance and low cost visual databases. They specialize in the design and creation of highly realistic terrain databases, urban environments, and building interiors.
Working with Terra Vista Probuilder, Creator, and Creator Terrain Studio, the team created this urban database for a simulator that helps train security forces for events and scenarios that may occur in the Swiss city.
Unlike flight simulators that require extensive terrain that will be seen from 10,000 feet, visual databases (VDB) of full cities are seen at street level. To provide a fully immersive experience, the VDB of a city must allow trainees to walk and/or drive through city streets.
This means that the resolution of all geo-data has to be both very high and optimized for an urban database. Roads and sidewalks must be leveled. Streets must have geo-typical features, including poles, lights, and traffic signs as well as bus and subway stops. And, every feature must be highly detailed, in some cases up to 3cm per pixel, so that trainees are able to “touch” those culture features.
The team at B-Design3D employed Creator to build hundreds of 3D buildings that have accurate facades and sloped roofs, and they used Terra Vista Probuilder and Creator Terrain Studio to develop and populate the cityscape.
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 Lockheed Martin for its Royal Saudi Air Force Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) Training Course.
The training course runs for 44 weeks and consists of three phases. Cadets receive foundational instruction in the classroom and then further their training through two levels of simulation: The Navigation Procedures Trainer (NPT) and the WSO Cockpit Procedures Trainer (WCPT).
For the project, Lockheed Martin used FlightSIM to create the flight dynamics simulation, including the physics-based models of the engine, brakes, flight controls, and auto-pilot, for both the jet and turboprop aircraft. FlightSIM utilities were also used to enter aerodynamic and environmental parameters to change the performance of the turboprop simulation. FlightSIM was also used for navigation receivers, such as DME, VOR, ADF, ILS, and TACAN.
In addition, the engineers used the FlightSIM API to interface with their own software libraries. This provided Lockheed Martin with additional components, including graphical cockpit instruments, generic weapon simulations, and visual systems, and allowed them to expand the training capabilities of the simulation.
Working with the easy-to-use interface in FlightSIM for integrating models allowed the program engineers to focus on the technical parameters for achieving the required simulation rather than on writing code. The API helped them deliver a complete, fully integrated training solution to the Saudi Air Force.
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.The criteria for evaluation include realism and performance as well as the scope of both the application and its configuration.
Cybicom Africa Technologies and Cybicom Atlas Defense provide in-country service and support for the Integrated Underwater Sonar System (ISUS) used by South African Navy submarines. Their goal on this project was to produce a low cost Periscope Simulator (PSIM) for the Zeiss 400 Attack Periscope as part of the integrated submarine training and engineering test bed.
The PSIM was developed for COTS PC hardware in a modular form that features a component design that will allow for reuse. To attain the best real world feel on the target platform, the team worked with Vega Prime Marine and Vega Prime LADBM, as well as Creator Pro and Creator Terrain Studio.
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.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) provides proven, reliable Unmanned Aircraft Systems and tactical reconnaissance radars as well as high-res surveillance systems.
GA-ASI Predator/Reaper Training Simulator products are making extensive use of Presagis flight simulation development tools such as; Terra Vista for terrain database development, Creator for OpenFlight 3D model development, Vega Prime for simulated Electro-Optic (EO) sensor visualization, Vega Prime Sensors for simulated Infrared (IR) and Fusion sensor visualization, and STAGE for developing and supporting Computer Generated Forces Distributed Interactive Simulation (CGF DIS) exercises that work in conjunction with Vega Prime to allow integration and coordination of moving vehicle scenarios within simulated Predator/Reaper mission operation environments.
The “Most Innovative Application” award is given to the customer or partner who demonstrates the greatest innovation with Presagis tools, in relation to a new application of the tools, to an emerging market, or to accomplishing something that no one has ever considered. By evaluating the method of approach, real-world applicability, and uniqueness, this year the “Most Innovative Award” is given to Elbit Systems for their work on the mission training center (MTC) for pilots of the Israel Air Force’s (IAF) F-16 C/D and F-16I fighter aircraft. The display systems’ image generator is based on Vega Prime, Presagis off-the-shelf visualization software.
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 off-the-shelf software and Partner products/services application. This year’s “Most Valuable Industry Partner” award recipient is Pitch Technologies.
Pitch Technologies is a leading provider of innovative state-of-the-art interoperability products, services, and solutions for developing distributed systems. Founded in 1991, the company has products and solutions that are used by some of the largest and most complex simulation programs in government and industry around the world.
Now, Pitch run-time infrastructure (RTI) solutions are integrated as part of STAGE. This integration will enhance the communication between systems in HLA and will reduce the complexity of delivering interoperability for network centric simulation applications.
Heterogeneous architectures containing a large variety of programs that need to work together to interoperate are a key component of training applications. By associating STAGE with this interoperability solution, Pitch and Presagis are delivering a global solution that will ease the development of interoperable and network centric applications and will remove the burden of complex network development. Customers will benefit from this partnership because it frees-up valuable time and resources to focus on their own core expertise.