IARPA launches plan to build 3-D models using satellite imagery

WASHINGTON. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) -- which operates within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence -- announced the establishment of a multiyear research plan to build 3-D models that leverage satellite imagery aimed at supporting U.S. military, intelligence, and humanitarian missions.

The program, which IARPA calls the Creation of Operationally Realistic Environment (CORE3D), will change the way the government and industry builds 3-D models as it will develop rapid automated systems for 3-D physical models and also automate the methods to collect commercial, satellite, and airborne imagery.

CORE3D program manager Hakjae Kim said of the program: “While manually constructed models are accurate and reliable, the process to create them is time-consuming and does not satisfy the need for models to support rapid response to or humanitarian crises in areas where up-to-date models do not exist.”

IARPA has already awarded contracts under the program using a competitive Broad Agency Announcement to teams led by Applied Research Associates, General Electric, Kitware, and Vision Systems, Inc.

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