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MetaVR Europe Terrain

MetaVR's seamless 3D terrain of the continent of Europe is constructed with natural color imagery ranging from 0.60 to 15 meter-per-pixel (mpp) resolution and DTED 1 and 3-arcsecond void-filled Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) elevation data subsampled to achieve a nominal 50 meter post spacing.

Covering an area over 10,180,000 sq km (1,509 geocells), the terrain includes 60 cm high-resolution natural color insets of many European capital cities and other cities of interest. Built with MetaVR’s Terrain Tools for Esri® ArcGIS®, the round-earth Metadesic™-formatted terrain tiles reside in a geocentric coordinate system.

MetaVR VRSG real-time scene featuring a high-resolution geospecfic virtual replica of Kaliningrad, Russia.
MetaVR VRSG real-time scene featuring a high-resolution geospecific virtual replica of Kaliningrad, Russia, with 17,000 building structures extruded and textured in Esri CityEngine.

These terrain tiles are suitable for real-time visualization in MetaVR’s Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) in applications such as simulation, and synthetic vision such as glass-cockpit displays, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications, close-air-support (CAS) exercises, and fixed-wing cockpit simulation.

MetaVR VRSG real-time scenes from areas of MetaVR's virtual Europe 3D terrain.
High-resolution Kiev area of MetaVR's Europe 3D terrain. High-resolution Sarejavo area of MetaVR's Europe 3D terrain.
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High-resolution Moscow area of MetaVR's virtual Europe 3D terrain. High-resolution Amsterdam area of MetaVR's virtual Europe 3D terrain.
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High-resolution Reykjavik area of MetaVR's Europe 3D terrain. High-resolution Prague area of MetaVR's Europe 3D terrain.
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Included with the terrain of Russia is a high-resolution, geospecific replica of the city of Kaliningrad, Russia, situated between Poland and Lithuania along the Baltic Coast. On this terrain inset, built with 60 cm resolution imagery and DTED 2 elevation data, are cultural features totaling in over 17,000 realistic 3D building models, which were generated with Esri CityEngine®. The models were extruded and textured from Open Street Map (OSM) data, exported from CityEngine in FBX format, and then converted to MetaVR’s model format.

MetaVR VRSG real-time scene featuring a high-resolution geospecfic virtual replica of Kaliningrad, Russia.
VRSG real-time scene featuring a section of the geospecific virtual replica of Kaliningrad, Russia.

Included with the terrain of the Ukraine is a high-resolution, geotypical urban MOUT site situated in the city area of Kharkiv. This detailed model of five unique city blocks, built by EdgedSign, is comprised of over 40 buildings in different configurations conducive to urban combat training. Detailed multi-level interiors of residential and office buildings, such as walls, hallways, stairwells, windows, doorways, and attics, enable trainees to reproduce natural firing positions within training exercises. The virtual MOUT model also makes extensive use of street elements such as fences, street lights, utility poles and cables, and street and park furniture.

MetaVR VRSG real-time scenes of a high-resolution Ukrainian geotypical urban MOUT site based in Kharkiv.
MetaVR VRSG real-time scene of a high-resolution Ukrainian geotypical urban MOUT site based in Kharkiv. MetaVR VRSG real-time scene of a high-resolution Ukrainian geotypical urban MOUT site based in Kharkiv.
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MetaVR VRSG real-time scene of a high-resolution Ukrainian geotypical urban MOUT site based in Kharkiv. MetaVR VRSG real-time scene of a high-resolution Ukrainian geotypical urban MOUT site based in Kharkiv.
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The Europe 3D terrain is "Additional Materials" and is provided "as is" as described in our license agreement.  Although MetaVR might modify or enhance the original source imagery, some visual artifacts from the source imagery might remain in the terrain tiles.

 Specifications

Below are specifications for MetaVR's Europe terrain dataset in round-earth Metadesic format (MDS).
Database size
= 1509 geocells
Size on disk
Terrain post spacing
Elevation source data
Imagery source data
= 602 GB
= 50 m
= 3-arcsecond DTED level 1 and void-filled SRTM data
= 15 meters-per-pixel (mpp) NaturalVue imagery of the European continent; 0.60 mpp natural color insets of Tirana, Albania; Vienna, Austria; Minsk, Belarus; Brussels, Belgium; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Sofia, Bulgaria; Prague, Czech Republic; Paris, Lille, Naqntes, Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse, Marseilles, Nice, and Cannes France; Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Stuggart, and Nuremberg, Germany; Reykjavik, Iceland, Milan, Italy; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Warsaw and Lodz, Poland; Bucharest, Romania; Kaliningrad (with geospecific culture extruded and textured in Esri CityEngine), Moscow, and St. Petersburg, Russia; Belgrade, Serbia; Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland; Kiev, Kharkiv (with geotypical MOUT site built by EdgedSign), and Odessa, Ukraine; and London, United Kingdom.

The following symbolic representation shows the geographic coverage of the terrain tiles of Europe. This terrain tile coverage map was generated with MetaVR's Model Viewer.

Geographic coverage of the terrain tiles of Europe. Click Zoom for a closer look at the coverage.
Geographic coverage of MetaVR's terrain tiles of Europe.
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The areas in green indicate 15 mpp imagery, the orange-brown areas indicate 1 mpp resolution imagery, and the bright red areas indicate imagery resolution of less than 1 mpp.

 Delivery

MetaVR's Europe 3D terrain is delivered on an external hard drive. The terrain is provided in MetaVR's round-earth Metadesic terrain format and will only run with a valid VRSG version 6 software license with valid software maintenance. Software maintenance through September 30, 2017, provides access to all the latest updates to this terrain. A fee covers processing large quantities of data into Metadesic format and hard drive distribution media.

MetaVR's Europe 3D terrain is available for purchase to MetaVR customers who are US Government agencies or contractors (for official use only). Customers can duplicate the data at their discretion as long as the data is used in conjunction with a valid VRSG license.

You can order this 3D terrain dataset directly from MetaVR.

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