Mantle ETM

Mantle ETM

A Customized Terrain Pipeline for Simulation and Training

Effective. Proven. Easy-to-use. Scalable. Cost-efficient. Constantly enhanced.


Terrain Challenges

Making terrain for high fidelity simulation is difficult and challenging. Searching out good source data, building correlated terrain for multiple runtimes, synchronizing data between different simulation clients, storing the vast amount of source data, utilizing classified and other restricted data, editing data “on the fly”. Historically, these challenges have resulted in separate specialist teams building terrain data disconnected from the point-of-need users together with high costs and long lead times to obtain the required finished terrain.

Mantle ETM solves these challenges.

What is Mantle ETM?

Mantle Enterprise Terrain Management (ETM) is a custom-built platform based on proven COTS components and expert design/development services for creating simulated terrain for training, mission rehearsal, visualization and terrain analysis. A Mantle ETM installation delivers a cloud-capable1 custom terrain pipeline that works with your data, processes, servers, and runtimes, integrating with your existing terrain capabilities or delivering a full end-to-end solution from scratch.


1 Cloud is not required, Mantle ETM can also run on an internal network

Benefits of Mantle ETM

Effective: Mantle ETM simplifies enterprise-wide terrain handling for simulation and visualization by providing you a cloud-capable terrain server that can be integrated with your existing terrain capabilities.


Proven: The Mantle ETM platform is based on robust COTS components - TerraTools components (for terrain generation), VBS4’s Blue Data Pipeline technology (for procedural enhancement) and VBS World Server components (terrain storage and server capabilities).


Easy-to-Use: Mantle ETM is designed with accessibility in mind. Users can quickly learn to rapidly create and edit terrain on the fly with the VBS Geo editing tool, leveraging the 8,000+ 3D model content library. Edits can be stored and curated centrally.

Scalable: Mantle ETM can be deployed on the cloud or on a local network, and supports synchronization between servers.


Cost-Efficient: Mantle ETM reduces the manpower needed to develop and deploy terrain by offering a high degree of automation at every stage.


Constantly Enhanced: Mantle ETM components are enhanced regularly with new customer-driven requirements and significant internal investment driving feature improvements such as the curated global base data and extended support for new runtimes and streaming terrain formats.

Proven Capability

The technology that underpins Mantle ETM is already in use with multiple premier military organizations, including the U.S. Army. Several enterprise-wide Mantle ETM deployments are already underway.

Example Integration: LuxCarta BrightEarth

The Mantle ETM platform is incredibly flexible, supporting georeferenced terrain data inputs from almost any source. BISim recently demonstrated the integration between Mantle ETM and BrightEarth. BrightEarth provided an API for imagery and feature extraction data (e.g. building and tree locations) and Mantle ETM was integrated to process this data and live-load it into VBS4. This Mantle ETM configuration could, for example, be used to provide high fidelity, procedurally improved base globe to multiple simulations or visualization runtimes.


3D environment generated by Mantle ETM, using data from BrightEarth. Day and night scenes shown.


Product Support & Pro Services

BISim offers a support package that entitles license holders to upgrades, essential support services and access to BISim’s customer portal. We also offer professional services hours to help customers develop cost-effective solutions to meet their unique requirements.

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