Utilization of a Photogrammetric Facility (PF) in Human Engineering Laboratories Battalion Artillery Test Number Two (HELBAT II)
ARMY ENGINEER TOPOGRAPHIC LABS FORT BELVOIR VA
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The report covers tests of the capability of photogrammetric equipment and techniques to provide positional data required by Field Artillery operations. Commercial grade photogrammetric equipment was assembled and installed by the U.S. Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories and was operated by enlisted personnel from the 30th Engineer Battalion BT. The test was designed and implemented by the Human Engineering Laboratories in concert with an organizational readiness training test involving the First Armored Division Artillery at Fort Hood, Texas, during February 1971. Results of the total testing effort, Human Engineering Laboratories Battalion Artillery Test Number Two HELBAT II, are reported in a separate document by the Human Engineering Laboratories, Aberdeen, Maryland. The high visibility given the concept, equipment, and operations of the Photogrammetric facility PF during HELBAT II resulted in subjective evaluation at all levels of command which was significant in the general acceptance of the PFs potential for military support. Sufficient data for numerical analysis were gathered only for Forward Observer and target positioning exercises, but other potential applications were examined. Test data indicate a 30 improvement in the capability to locate Forward Observers as compared with the doctrinal map-spot techniques, but a degradation in the ability to position targets was noted.
- Cartography and Aerial Photography
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics