An operational planning tool, intended to
support Military Operations on Urban terrain (MOUT), was developed by General Dynamics
for the / US Army Topographic Engineering Center. Dubbed
Urban Tactical Planner (UTP) it provides decision support tools for
planning of complex operations in urban terrain, and Military
Operations Other Than War (MOOTW). The system enables clear
visualization of the terrain and assessment of threat capabilities
based on advanced visualization, modeling and terrain analysis. UTP
can be operated at all levels, from highest command levels down to the
The tools loaded to UTP facilitate rapid visualization of key aspects
of the urban environment, including buildings, roads, railroads,
streams, forests, marshes, water bodies and vertical obstructions. The
system groups the urban features by forming Builtup Area Terrain
Zones, (BTZ)s, which can be superimposed on high-resolution terrain
images, raster maps, elevation and vector data layers.
UTP provides 2D map, 2D imagery, 3D visualization of key aspects of
urban environment, based on elevation data and perspective views.
Information can be presented in multiple layers in any combination.
Tabular data can be attached to show building data, vertical
obstruction heights, road types, bridge data etc, intelligence photos,
video clips etc. Such information can be presented by clicking on the
object of interest. Planning products can be distributed in Arcview
Geographic Information System (GIS) format over CDs and DVDs, or other
wireless broadband communications formats.