The Future in Terrain Elevation Data Processing at the Defense Mapping Agency.
DEFENSE MAPPING AGENCY WASHINGTON DC
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Since 1968 the Defense Mapping Agency DMA has been actively engaged in the production of Digital Terrain Elevation Data initially to support plastic relief mapping, then to support lines of site studies, and more recently to support advanced weapons systems, simulators and navigational devices. With the increasing variety of users for Digital Terrain Elevation Data DTED, the requirement for greater quantity, accuracy and diversity of DTED has likewise increased. To help meet these challenging production requirements of the future, DMA has awarded a major contract for development of the Terrain Edit SystemElevation Matrix Processing System TESEMPS. The TESEMPS will provide state-of-the-art mini computers, array processors and specially developed software to perform complex data transformation, interpolation, merging, and discrepancy detection functions. The TESEMPS work stations, combined with mini computers and graphics processors, will provide advanced graphic displays and editing capabilities to perform interactive error correction, panelling and validation functions. All work flow through the system will be managed by the sophisticated job and file management software. The TESEMPS will be installed at DMA in December 1983 and will perform all processing of DTED collected from photographic and cartographic sources.
- Cartography and Aerial Photography