The Defense Department`s High Level Architecture (HLA), currently used primarily for military simulations, is being investigated as a design tool for virtual prototyping of ships and other military systems under the Simulation-Based Design (SBD) project sponsored by the Tactical Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Va.
Division Inc. of San Mateo, Calif., under subcontract to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space of Sunnyvale, Calif., is writing the code to interface its own dVISE 3D virtual prototyping software to interface with HLA. Lockheed Martin is the lead system integrator for Phase II of the SBD project.
After an initial phase to evaluate ship design modifications, Phase II involves integrating SBD into mainstream design processes used by DOD and industry. The long-term goal of SBD is to assess design issues early in a development cycle to reduce cost, risk, and time. - J.R.
For more information, contact Division`s homepage on the World Wide Web at http://www.division.com.