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3D Tool for Physical Phenomenon Visualization in F-35 Maintainer Training

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N61339-06-C-0111
Agency Tracking Number: N051-019-1014
Amount: $599,957.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-019
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-07-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-07-10
Small Business Information
1212 Fourier Drive
Madison, WI 53717
United States
DUNS: 139398908
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Abe Megahed
 Virtual 3D Software Manag
 (608) 827-5555
Business Contact
 Thomas Crabb
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (608) 827-5555
Research Institution

The aircraft inspection and maintenance process is dependent on the seamless integration of human and machine components. Because such a large number of human factors are involved, enhancement of the training methods for maintainers has been identified as the primary means to improve performance. PLANET LLC was engaged by the Navy to create tools for visualizing physical force and physics phenomenon concepts in a 3D simulation platform. The Phase I project demonstrated the feasibility of adding force modifiers and equation-based behaviors into the current Hypercosm simulation software suite, along with writing interfaces to these capabilities in AutoDesk’s 3ds Max™ three-dimensional modeling software to provide simple templates and tools for courseware content creators. The objective of the Phase II Project will be to fully integrate a physics engine into Hypercosm. This engine, partnered with additional modifiers for 3ds Max™ and other new interfaces that allows trainers to incorporate specific physical forces, phenomenon, and other reactions based on empirical or theoretical data, will allow for seamless development of real-life physical simulations into new or existing 3D models and graphics. The Phase II will also offer training and courseware development support to the Joint Strike Fighter courseware team.

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