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Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) has been awarded a contract worth nearly $10 million by the U.S. Joint Forces Command to support the command's modeling and simulation efforts.

The contract, valued at $2.3 million in its first year, has a total value of $9.9 million if all three options are exercised.

An enterprise center of the College of Engineering and Technology, VMASC will support Joint Forces Command in joint training, experimentation, integration and interoperability using an integrated battle lab capable of testing, demonstrating and evaluating simulation concepts, criteria evaluation and related independent analysis of applications and tools.

"This contract will enable VMASC to work closely with the U.S. Joint Forces Command towards the development of more effective joint training," said Mark Phillips, Battle Lab director.

Located in Suffolk, the VMASC Battle Lab is an innovative computer simulation laboratory designed to provide the advanced modeling and simulation infrastructure to support research in the areas of collaboration, composability, distributed simulation, human-computer interfaces, human factors, simulation methodologies, systems integration, virtual environments and visualization.

Established with a Commonwealth Technology Research Fund grant and matching funds from the university, the Battle Lab contains over $700,000 in computer simulation hardware, has access to more than $3 million of simulation software and provides a framework to link to other academic, government and, eventually, commercial battle lab facilities.

This article was posted on: February 3, 2004

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