Exploratory Study of STK Towards an Integrated Visualization Architecture for Capability Engineering


  1. Robbins, W.
  2. Rao, G.
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Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Within Capability Engineering, there is an increasing need to provide visualization as part of addressing capability conception, generation and engagement. By employing visualization technologies within a collaborative synthetic environment, the immediate impact of decisions and actions on an entire capability can be investigated and explored by the broad range of participants involved within the Capability Engineering effort. To this end, the CapDEM (Collaborative Capability Definition, Engineering and Management) TDP initiated an explorative study to evaluate the potential of currently available tools and technologies that can suitably aid in capability visualization and analysis. This report explores the potential of Satellite Tool Kit (STK) to visualize scenarios pertinent to C4ISR – “the Capability Area” selected due to its relevance to the DND/CF. The study also assesses the ability of STK to serve as a “visualization hub,” leveraging the potential of other Capability Engineering tools within a proposed Integrated Visualization Architecture (IVA). The explorative study revealed that STK can provide a reasonable “As-Is” standalone visualization capability. A potential difficulty, however, is the complexity, learning curve and high cognitive load associated with detailed model development within STK in order to produce accurate and appropriate visualizations. Issues pertinent to being fully compliant with the military intelligence cycle and how to move towar

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Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2005-245 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Dec 2005
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