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MetaVR's Virtual Fort Wainwright Collective Training Facility

One of MetaVR's several urban warfare terrain databases is the geospecific high-resolution virtual replica of the combined arms collective training (CACT) facility at Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks, Alaska. This virtual site was modeled after the actual Private Joseph Martinez CACT facility.

Real-time VRSG view of a section of MetaVR's virtual Martinez training facility at Fort Wainwright.
Real-time aerial VRSG view of MetaVR's virtual Martinez CACT facility at Fort Wainwright.

About the training facility

Located in the Tanana River Valley Basin near Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright is the home of the US Army Garrison and Army Alaska units, including the 1st Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division and 25th Aviation Regiment, and supports simulation training of dismounted infantry and UAS operator ground control. Covering 13,423 acres in size, with 4,594 acres available for training, Fort Wainwright consists of a cantonment area and close-in training areas (of which the Martinez CATC is one). Maneuver areas comprise approximately 34 percent of the installation’s total area.

Laid out like a generic municipal center, the Martinez CATC facility is designed to train soldiers how to maneuver the complexity of urban streets and multi-level structures.

Real-time VRSG view of a section of MetaVR's virtual Martinez training facility at Fort Wainwright.
Real-time aerial VRSG view of MetaVR's virtual Martinez CACT facility at Fort Wainwright.

The round-earth 3D virtual terrain of the Martinez CACT facility was created with the latest version of MetaVR's Terrain Tools for Esri ArcGIS. The cultural features of the training facility were modeled in a 3D modeling application and converted to MetaVR's model format for rendering in VRSG.

Real-time VRSG aerial view of MetaVR's virtual Martinez training facility at Fort Wainwright.
Real-time aerial VRSG view of MetaVR's virtual Martinez CACT facility at Fort Wainwright.

The terrain was built from 0.50 meter per-pixel (mpp) resolution imagery of the greater Fairbanks area blended with 1 mpp CONUS++ imagery. Elevation source is USGS 1 meter LIDAR blended with USGS 3 meter NED.

The virtual training site contains substantial 3D feature content modeling of the Martinez CATC training site. The 18 geospecific building models have interiors, multiple levels, and articulated doors. These models and models of other structures were created from photographs of the structures taken at the actual training site, which were made available to MetaVR. Once built, the models were then geolocated on their terrain footprints. The modeled site also includes street signs, power transformers, street lights, curbs, bleacher seats, gas pumps, oil drums, fences, flag poles, portable toilets, utility cables, a picnic table, and a surveillance camera. Over 5,160 tree and vegetation models, and thousands of light points round out the scene. All models are in MetaVR’s model format.

Real-time VRSG close-up view of a building model on MetaVR's virtual Martinez training facility at Fort Wainwright.
Real-time VRSG close-up view of a building model on MetaVR's virtual Martinez CACT facility at Fort Wainwright.

Actual and simulated views of the Fort Wainwright Martinez CATC facility

Below is a series of images of the Fort Wainwright Martinez collective training facility. You can compare photographs of the actual facility on the left side with the VRSG screen captures of the simulated environment on the right.

Comparion photo of the actual Martinez CACT site. Real-time MetaVR VRSG view of the virtual Ft. Wainwright MOUT site.
Comparion photo of the actual Martinez CACT site. Real-time MetaVR VRSG view of the virtual Ft. Wainwright MOUT site.
Comparion photo of the actual Martinez CACT site. Real-time MetaVR VRSG view of the virtual Ft. Wainwright MOUT site.
Comparion photo of the actual Martinez CACT site. Real-time MetaVR VRSG view of the virtual Ft. Wainwright MOUT site.
Photographs of the Fort Wainwright Martinez collective training facility. VRSG screen captures of MetaVR's real-time 3D Fort Wainwright Martinez collective training facility.

MetaVR’s virtual Fort Wainwright Martinez collective training site is available as part of the Northwest US region of CONUS++ 3D terrain, and available to all MetaVR customers who are on active VRSG software maintenance and are US Government agencies or contractors (for official use only). For US-domestic use only. The terrain is provided in MetaVR's round-earth terrain format and will only run with the latest version of VRSG.

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