19 June 2001




M. Chung    R. Wilson
R. Ladner    K. Shaw
Naval Research Laboratory
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-5004
M. Cobb
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5106
T. Lovitt
Planning System Inc.
115 Christian Lane
Slidell, LA 70458



The Naval Research Laboratory has developed a Geospatial Information Database (GIDB) database using Object-Oriented Database. Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA), and Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) technology for the Marine Corps. The GIDB allows the integration of all digital mapping data types (e.g., raster, vector, text, audio and video) into a single database that can be signaled from a simple browser and directed by any area-of-interest. This technology will provide military and the commercial sector significant new abilities to select any urban area-of-interest and receive all related mapping objects via the Internet. The GIDB also enables constrained queries to allow Internet users to limit the provided objects to declutter the display (e.g., display only buildings within 500 meters of the coast for hurricane studies along with all related video and audio clips or only display roads where imagery is available as a background). The GIDB allows anyone with a simple Internet browser to interact with the database to signal portions of interest in the database to render itself in 3D, update itself, etc. The GIDB was utilized by the Marine Corps in the March 99 Urban Warrior exercise aimed at improving command and control in the Urban environment.

Sponsored by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.

Presented at the URISA 1999 Annual Conference 21-25 Aug 99, Chicago, IL.
Naval Research Laboratory Contribution Number NRL/PP/7441-99-0004.
Conference Proceedings