Accession Number : ADA119298

Title :   Digital Terrain Analysis Station (DTAS),

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER TOPOGRAPHIC LABS FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Thompson,Michael R ; Socher,Robert M

PDF Url : ADA119298

Report Date : 28 Aug 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : Battlefield commanders in today's Army need timely, accurate terrain analyses. Modern tactical realities do not give the commander time for manual preparation of map overlays and other graphic products from varied and voluminous sources. The commander must have up-to-date graphic displays and overlays highlighting tactically vital terrain features and battle/combat advantages resulting from terrain configurations. These factors, combined with the advances in computer technology and data base management, indicate that a computer-assisted terrain analysis capability is feasible and needed by the Army. The terrain analysis capabilities of the DTAS produce graphic products that fall generally into two major areas: Intervisibility and Mobility. The products may be displayed on the DTAS viewing screens or drawn to scale on the DTAS plotter. They may stand alone or be used in compiling other products. The intervisibility capabilities are used to determine areas that are visible, either optically or electronically, from a given site. These capabilities have the user-selectable option of including vegetation heights in the analysis. The mobility capabilities are used to evaluate the potential effects of terrain upon friendly and enemy operations.

Descriptors :   *Mapping, Battlefields, Terrain, Data bases, Digital systems, Mathematical models, Computer applications, Plotting, Maps, Overlays, Production

Subject Categories : Cartography and Aerial Photography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE