Accession Number : ADA636925


Title :   A History Update of the U. S. Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories Fort Belvoir, Virginia 1979-1983


Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER TOPOGRAPHIC LABS FORT BELVOIR VA


Personal Author(s) : Hamilton, Andrew ; Hellman, Robert


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a636925.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1988


Pagination or Media Count : 147


Abstract : This brief history, covering the five years 1979-1983, relates the significant research and development activities at the U.S. Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories (USAETL) at Fort Belvoir, Va. It continues a tradition of periodic reports updating the histories of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers organizations. Previously, USAETL has published John T. Pennington's History of U.S. Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories (1920-1970) , ETLSR- 74-1 (1973), and Dr. Edward Ezell's ETL History Update, 1968-1978 (1979). The authors of this report hope that, in addition to meeting official requirements, they have succeeded in rcounting the accomplishments of USAETL in terms intelligible to the layman . Applying the gains of the electronic and computer-based technological revolution to the ancient problems of mapping and surveying is a large part of what the men and women at USAETL do. In the last five years, USAETL has developed products which , when deployed, promise to provide major advances in the areas of topographic support to the Army's combat forces, intelligence analysis, weapon system guidance, weapon survey and map production. Where USAETL did not actively assist in a product's development, the laboratories often still played a role in the transfer of technology to new areas. Whether through research or dissemination, USAETL continued to provide the Army and other defense agencies with better systems to meet their needs for topographic maps and data, terrain information, surveying, digital image analysis, robotics and artificial intelligence techniques applied to topographic problems. Much of what USAETL does is done in several technical vocabularies, none of them easily rendered in everday English. This historical update attempts to provide a window into the unclassified research and development programs at USAETL for the 1979-1983 period. The authors hope an understanding of USAETL's role will result from their effort.


Descriptors :   *ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS , *ARMY RESEARCH , *ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORIES , *HISTORY , ARMY , ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE , COMBAT FORCES , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , DIGITAL SYSTEMS , ELECTRONICS , IMAGE PROCESSING , LABORATORIES , MAPS , MILITARY ENGINEERS , MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS , ROBOTICS , SURVEYS , TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS , TOPOGRAPHY


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Civil Engineering
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE