Cesium for Simulations at I/ITSEC 2019


Last week Cesium was in Orlando, FL for our first Interservice / Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference. Patrick, Sean, Shehzan, and I were there to show how Cesium can be used for realistic modeling and simulation and to learn more about work being done in this space.

Left to right: Barry Tilton, Craig Brower, Eric von Eckartsberg (Vricon), Andie Tursi, Sean Lilley, Patrick Cozzi (Cesium), Ronald Moore, and Randall Toth (Vricon). Not pictured: Shehzan Mohammed (Cesium); Manne Anliot, Magnus Brege, John Bridgwood, Dacian Hippeli, and Isaac Zaworski (Vricon).

We teamed up with our friends at Vricon to share a booth (and a house!) and together made their amazing 3D surface models of seven international cities available free for Cesium ion users for 30 days. While this data is specifically of interest to I/ITSEC conference goers interested in simulations, it’s freely available to anyone interested. More details on the data are here.

You can explore this data in Cesium in this demo created by Omar.

The Cesium Analytics SDK is used to visualize the effective range of this AH-64E Apache helicopter as it sweeps the area along its planned route.

We had a blast showing off this demo and introducing people to Cesium and were excited to learn that many people are already using Cesium in their simulation work. It was especially nice to see some of our fellow exhibitors using Cesium in their demonstrations, including Lockheed Martin and Cole Engineering.

Patrick and Shehzan lit up when these middle school students starting asking good questions. They are both experienced educators. Patrick taught for 8 years at the University of Pennsylvania, where Shehzan teaches currently.

Hands down the best part of I/ITSEC for us was learning about the specific challenges faced by the people we met in industry, government, academia, and the armed forces. Understanding these challenges will help us build Cesium to better serve our customers and partners.

Patrick preparing for an on-camera interview—stay tuned to see the video!

Sean walking I/ITSEC attendees through the Cesium demo.

Patrick ran into an old friend, Rémi Arnaud, a fellow co-creator of glTF, the open-standard runtime asset format by the Khronos Group.

The back of the booth, highlighting the advantages of Vricon and Cesium.

We hope to see you again next year!

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