26 May 2017

Your next generation of 3D visuals

A recent study of simulation procurement practices, reported that training organisations have paid multiple times for the same content. Different factors have led to this: from incompatibility between the multiple platforms being deployed, to a lack of flexibility of the 3D visual content itself.

This problem is now leading the military training and simulation industry to use specialized libraries that are able to meet more of their requirements. Governments and Industry professionals are now seeking to acquire model content at a higher level of quality, that provides them with the flexibility to conduct Live Virtual and Constructive (LVC) training operations across different platforms that can then be deployed over multiple training programs.

Be engine independent.

In today’s training and simulation marketplace, it’s necessary for Industry to think strategically about visual content and trust that an upfront investment in quality can pay dividends down the line – especially when it comes to flexibility over the engine or platform being used.

The US Army Game Studio recently signed a contract for “next-generation” content that is independent of any IG or engine; high value content that is designed to operate with all leading serious games engines and IGs. Not only are they planning for the future and obtaining long-term value for money – they are also not tying themselves to a content library stuck behind an IP wall.

A similar approach has been taken in Canada – where instead of relying on an IG vendor to provide content that is then tied to that particular software, the Canadian Armed Forces are procuring content from a specialist vendor, that is truly multi-purpose and cross platform.

Simple steps to control costs.

Instead of developing content for a specific purpose each time, you can hit more targets with a single, highly accurate model that is designed to be flexible and adaptable. What is more, this level of accuracy doesn’t actually require a massive budget.

You can control the costs of modeling by taking simple steps, such as defining a list of re-usable 3D content, like externally referenced weapons or other key sub-components. This not only saves time, it also allows developers to focus on adding extra realism and detail where it is noticeable and will provide greatest customer satisfaction.

This component approach adds value for money – it increases the number of model variants you can provide from the same baseline, it allows reuse of the components on other projects and it also requires minimal effort in the future to modify or change components when the real world vehicle goes through upgrades and adjustments.

Long term value and improved usability for LVC

Flexibility and accuracy are central to successful deployment of Live Virtual and Constructive training. Blending real, physical training with virtual simulation requires highly accurate and realistic visuals – in order to ensure trainees are able to suspend their disbelief and immerse themselves in the computer generated scene.

Obtaining “Composability” or a “consistent representation of truth” (cf. Tolk et al.) across different platforms in LVC training is made easier when the highest standards of visual quality are applied. As an added bonus, using the same, accurate content for multiple purposes means you are able to satisfy a broader range of requirements from the same initial investment.


Take the image of this ship model for example: as you can see, with 1cm per pixel resolution, it is detailed enough for first person interaction or marketing renders, but are also fully optimized for distributed simulation. Moreover, the quantity of features that are included and their complex configuration mean they can readily be used for a specific part-task trainer or serious game.

Accuracy: a success story

Simthetiq fully embraces this focus on accuracy, and has been working together with customers to establish their desired level of precision. Simthetiq is platform/engine independent and has worked with all the formats and standards in the industry. This has forced the company to develop their own proprietary processes and tools to make it easier to provide ultra accurate and flexible models. This has led to the creation of a library of more than 2000 high fidelity models, compatible with all engines, that are mission-ready, and in-use by major NATO military customers. All this with the key end goal: providing the end user with greater immersion and greater training value.

With customers now seeking “next generation” visual content, the question is: “How do I make sure my budget is spent the right way?” The answer lies with a commitment to invest upfront and work with a 3D visual specialist who can build high resolution, realistic and reusable entity models that are cross-platform compatible.

To find out more about how your company can benefit from next generation visuals, contact