This guest contribution on the Altair Blog is written by Nicholas Gaul, Senior Application Engineer at RAMDO Solutions, a part of the Altair Partner Alliance.
The Department of Defense needs reliable mobility maps for efficient mission planning of troop movement. These maps are important for decision makers to plan routes and operations, select capable vehicles, and assess mission success or failure. The stakes are high, as mission failure often means potential loss of life. RAMDO software, when used in conjunction with terramechanics simulations allows the engineer a way to account for terrain variability, providing improved mobility maps.
The Department of Defense knew their current method of predicting the speed at which they could travel would not be accurate without addressing the variability in the terrain data. One of the biggest reasons traditional mapping is not reliable is because it does not account for the variability of terrain such as slope, elevation, soil properties, etc. Sometimes their data would indicate a route was possible, when in fact, they would get stuck. And on the flip side, it might show a route as impenetrable, when actually, it was a viable option.