Visual Systems Engineering

TAPE and its Strong Point Research Division, working as part of a team of companies within the Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) Army contract, was responsible for, among other things, providing comprehensive Visual Systems Engineering support to the Army/DoD; TAPE/Strong Point Research provided over a decade of support to Program Executive Office (PEO) Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (STRI).

TAPE’s role involved managing subject matter experts (SMEs) with experience in the application and integration of visual systems and computer graphics hardware technology including image generators, display systems, and video distribution as related to the design of electronic computer based simulation or training systems equipment. TAPE’s Visual Systems Engineers had the experience and ability to evaluate computer technology to meet requirements of scene generation with respect to frame rate, memory and disk space, all of these skills helping to keep our military and our warfighters ahead of technology changes as they apply to training software and hardware systems and practices.

Specifically, TAPE’s SETA team members performed the following functions:

  • Advised the Army on selection of Image generation capability for Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) and Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) and systems and followed up on improvements.
  • Engaged in Synthetic Natural Environment (SNE) development within the specifics of platforms and trained databases and behaviors relative to Army platforms.  TAPE’s engineers helped create trained location and trained database representation. Our visual modeling expressed specifics and platform capabilities, and also included soldier representation and behaviors related to specific games for training.
  • Oversaw the Visual Systems Integration process; once an image generation is selected, the preparation and modification of it must be coordinated within the existing Army trained database. Visual models, both platform and behavioral are created using support image generation and data integration into the Army training environment and Army training staff, as well as verifying the visual models, keenness of visual representation and behaviors.
  • Conducted Display Engineering; involves Image Generation capability. Image generators provide digital representation and visual information to displays, whether they’re juxtaposed displays, calligraphic projectors, or wide screen tvs so that the imagery is spot on or specifications are defined to render the training capabilities or training environments.