The physical world within MAK ONE Synthetic Environments

Streaming Terrain for MAK ONE applications and standards compatible simulations

VR-TheWorld stores and streams the terrain data used to build MAK ONE Synthetic Environments. Elevation, imagery, and features including roads, buildings, and trees can be streamed to multiple applications simultaneously.

MAK’s VR-TheWorld is a flexible terrain server that can respond to run-time queries from simulation and visualization applications, by providing tiled raster and feature data in standard source formats. MAK One applications (VR-Forces, VR-Engage, and VR-Vantage) can immediately connect to VR-TheWorld through several of its default terrain configurations3rd party applications can also stream data from VR-TheWorld if they support the relevant open-standard protocols.  

Introducing VR-TheWorld

Global Basemap

Delivered with a global base map, but you can also easily populate it with your own custom source data through a web-based interface. 

Deployment Options

The server can be deployed in the cloud for access anywhere or on private networks to provide streaming terrain data to simulation and visualization applications within your secure environments.

Try VR-TheWorld Online Today

To allow customers to easily try out VR-TheWorld, MAK is offering a free online service called VR-TheWorld Online — an instance of VR-TheWorld hosted in the cloud at www.VR-TheWorld.com. Point a streaming terrain client such as VR-Vantage or VR-Forces at VR-TheWorld Online, and your application will automatically be filled with elevation data, imagery, and features for any area of the globe as you navigate around.

VR-TheWorld Base Globe and Sample Data

VR-TheWorld comes pre-loaded with over three terabytes of elevation, imagery, land cover data, feature data and more — pre-tiled for high performance access. Users can also add their own datasets to augment or replace the pre-loaded data on their own local copies of VR-TheWorld. 

The VR-TheWorld Base Globe includes the following worldwide data:

  • Elevation: 30-meter (DTED Level 2) for the entire globe, merged with SRTM30Plus bathymetry; augmented with 25-meter EU-DEM data for all of Europe, and 22-meter CDEM data for Canada.
  • Imagery: Sentinel-2 (10m resolution for the entire globe) cloudless dataset, developed by EOX IT Services GmbH. The dataset modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2020. Available for LOD 0–13.
  • Land Cover: 100-meter resolution for the entire globe’s landmass, based on the ESA Copernicus Global Land Cover dataset; augmented with 30-meter US National Land Cover Database (NLCD) for the continental US.
  • Feature Data: The complete global OpenStreetMap dataset of roads, water, building footprints, land use features, and point features such as lights, radio towers, and much more; converted to MBTiles format for faster run-time access. Global airport database from X-Plane, converted to standard shapefiles, including geo-specific runway data, airport boundaries, lights, windsocks, NAVAIDs, taxiways, signs and more for the world’s 30,000 airfields.

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VR-TheWorld' built-in dataset also includes a number of higher-resolution raster and feature layers for select local insets:

  • High-resolution imagery inset areas ranging from 1m down to 15cm per pixel – including Boston, Hawaii, Seattle, Guam, Miami, all of Switzerland; and all of California, which includes the US Army National Training Center at Fort Irwin, as well as US Marine Corps ranges at Twentynine Palms and Camp Pendleton. Data sources include USGS NAIP Plus, as well as local datasets.
  • High-detail elevation inset areas ranging from 10m down to 1m – for Hawaii, Guam, Miami, and large areas of Southern California. Data sources include the USGS Digital Elevation Model, as well as local datasets.
  • Enhanced bathymetry data at 10m resolution for all coastal areas of the US, based on NOAA’s Tsunami Inundation Dataset.
  • Enhanced Land Cover data at 15m resolution for all of California, based on the CALFIRE-FRAP dataset; and 2.5m Land Cover for Hawaii and Guam based on the NOAA Coastal Change Analysis (C-CAP) dataset.
  • High-resolution feature data for Oahu (building footprints for 230,000 buildings), Los Angeles county (3 million buildings), as well as for several US Army and Marine Corps training ranges; and sample S-57 nautical feature data for southern California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts.
  • Raster maps and charts: Samples of digitized maps, topographic maps, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Enroute High and Low Altitude Charts, and Raster Nautical Charts (RNC) for the US.

3DTiles / glTF Sample

VR-TheWorld also provides a sample terrain database of Jalalabad, Afghanistan in the 3DTiles / glTF format.

  • This new format is the basis for the US Army STE One World Terrain format and is gaining momentum by global data producers such as MAXAR and Google.
  • The included sample is provided not as an example of the best format for all M&S applications, but rather to demonstrate MAK's commitment to emerging data formats.

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Key Features

  • Ready Out-of-the-Box

    A VR-TheWorld is a fully standalone version of VR-TheWorld and can be deployed behind firewalls and security barriers.

  • Available Online

    MAK hosts a copy of VR-TheWorld online for MAK ONE users to use in prototyping solutions and developing capability demonstrations.

  • Terabytes of Data

    VR-TheWorld has over three terabytes of global elevation, imagery, and feature data — pre-tiled for high performance access.

  • Automatic Tiling for Performance

    Large data files are automatically tiled on the server so that they can be streamed efficiently to client applications.

    • Add Your Own Data

      VR-TheWorld comes with an intuitive web interface that makes uploading and organizing your data simple.

    • Raster Formats

      The following raster data formats are supported for elevation and imagery:

      MRSID, GDAL virtual, Geotiff, JPEG 2000, DEM, DTED 0 - 5, Arcinfo Binary Grid, Magellan BLX Topo, Bathymetry Attributed Grid, VTP Binary terrain format, USGS DOQ, ESRI .hdr, Envisat Image Product, ERMapper, FITS, Erdas Imagine, National Imagery Transport Files (CIB, CADRG, and so on), BSB Nautical chart format, NetCDF

    • Vector Formats

      The following vector data formats are supported for natural and human-made features:

      ESRI Shape, KML, GPX, VMAP, S-57

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