Military Embedded Systems

IARPA launches plan to build 3-D models using satellite imagery


February 26, 2018

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

WASHINGTON. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) -- which operates within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence -- announced the establishment of a multiyear research plan to build 3-D models that leverage satellite imagery aimed at supporting U.S. military, intelligence, and humanitarian missions.

The program, which IARPA calls the Creation of Operationally Realistic 3-D Environment (CORE3D), will change the way the government and industry builds 3-D models as it will develop rapid automated systems for 3-D physical models and also automate the methods to collect commercial, satellite, and airborne imagery.

CORE3D program manager Hakjae Kim said of the program: “While manually constructed models are accurate and reliable, the process to create them is time-consuming and does not satisfy the need for models to support rapid response to military or humanitarian crises in areas where up-to-date models do not exist.”

IARPA has already awarded contracts under the program using a competitive Broad Agency Announcement to teams led by Applied Research Associates, General Electric, Kitware, and Vision Systems, Inc.



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