Accession Number : AD0690028

Title :   TERRAIN ANALYSIS IN MOBILITY STUDIES FOR MILITARY VEHICLES,

Corporate Author : MCGILL UNIV MONTREAL (QUEBEC) DEPT OF GEOGRAPHY

Personal Author(s) : Parry,J. T. ; Heginbottom,J. A. ; Cowan,W. R.

Report Date : 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : The terrain analysis system developed at McGill University has been applied in the military training area of Camp Petawawa, Ontario. The study was undertaken to determine the potential of large-scale air photographs (1:5000) in assessing the specific environmental factors which affect the cross-country mobility of military vehicles. Surface composition, macromorphology, micromorphology, and surface cover were considered, and map overlays prepared for each factor. Tests in the area indicated that vehicle performance was similar for areas with similar arrays of terrain characteristics and on this basis successful predictions of speed were made for cross-country test runs traversing a variety of terrain units. Data storage and retrieval are very serious problems in any terrain classification system. Two approaches to this general problem were investigated: the unit land form approach and the computer map approach. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*TERRAIN INTELLIGENCE, AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS), (*MAPPING, TERRAIN INTELLIGENCE), (*MOBILITY, VEHICLES), MILITARY TRANSPORTATION, DATA STORAGE SYSTEMS, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, VELOCITY, CANADA

Subject Categories : Cartography and Aerial Photography
      Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE