Collaborative 3D Visualizations of Geo-Spatial Information for Command and Control

Lars Winkler Pettersson
Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Sweden

Ulrik Spak
Swedish National Defence College, Sweden

Stefan Seipel
Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University \ Department of Mathematics and Computer Science University of Gävle

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Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 13:9, s. 41-47

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Publicerad: 2004-11-24


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


We present a prototype command and control system that is based on view-dependent co-located visualizations of geographically related data. It runs on a 3D display environment; in which several users can interact with view consistent visualizations of information. The display system projects four independent stereoscopic image pairs at full resolution upon a custom designed optical screen. It uses head tracking for up to four individual observers to generate distortion free imagery that is rendered on a PC based rendering cluster. We describe the technical platform and system configuration and introduce our unified software architecture that allows integrating multiple rendering processes with head tracking for multiple viewers. We then present results of our current visualization application in the field of military command and control. The command and control system renders view consistent geographical information in a stereoscopic 3D view whereby command and control symbols are presented in a viewpoint adapted way. We summarize our experiences with this new environment and discuss technical soundness and performance.

CR Categories: I.3.2 [Computer Graphics]: Graphics Systems— Distributed/network graphics.


Distributed Rendering; Networked Virtual Environment; Display Environments; Stereoscopic Projection; GIS


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