Army uses Intergraph TDZ workstations for simulated battles

U.S. Army officials at Fort Knox, Ky., needed to use commercial-off-the-shelf equipment on a battle simulation system to save money.

Nov 1st, 1998

U.S. Army officials at Fort Knox, Ky., needed to use commercial-off-the-shelf equipment on a battle simulation system to save money.

They found their answer with the Intergraph TDZ 2000 GX1 ViZual Workstations with RealiZm II 3-D graphics, from Intergraph Computer Systems in Huntsville, Ala.

The Intergraph equipment will run future-oriented, simulated battlefield exercises - Battle Command Reengineering experiments - at the Mounted Maneuver Battlespace Laboratory of the U.S. Army Armor Center at Fort Knox.

The ability to use Intel microprocessors with the Windows NT operating system in a visual simulation is a substantial benefit, says Maj. Joe Burns of the Mounted Warfare Test Bed and TRADOC Brigade and Below Virtual Battlefield. "Intergraph`s TDZ 2000 proved to be a very effective solution for our experiments," Birms says.

"Cost is always a consideration," Burns continues. "With affordable Intergraph workstation and off-the-shelf software from vendors like CG2, I can make a single investment in hardware and use my 3-D models over and over in a number of different applications because of the OpenGL compatibility. That gives you huge cost savings."

The exercises deployed Intergraph`s equipment and VTree software from CG2 Inc. in Huntsville, Ala., to determine the requirements of an advanced fighting force for modern military conflicts. Intergraph workstations helped develop 3-D models, real-time stealth views, after-action data reduction/analysis, and to produce the final report.

The results of the Battle Command Reengineering experiments are being analyzed and will be in a final report to the commander of the Army Training and Doctrine Command. - J.M.

For more information on the TDZ graphics workstations contact Intergraph Computer systems by phone at 800-763-0242, or on the World Wide Web at www. intergraph.com/ics/.

More in Test