Overview

Military Aspects of Terrain (MAoT)

The Military Aspects of Terrain template is an example of terrain analysis for intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB). Along with weather and civil considerations, terrain is an integral part of many operations and can be critical in properly analyzing the battlefield environment. This template was built as an example of terrain analysis workflows, and how a Map Document can be used to configure ArcMap for specific tasks. The tools show you how to analyze the battlefield environment in an area of interest you specify. For example, it illustrates how you can:

  • Use TDS data to publish an Obstacles and Lines of Communication map service
  • Create map overlays for landing helicopters, off-road mobility, and concealment
  • Make a Multiple Combined Obstacle Overlay (MCOO) as Map Document or Web Map

Requirements

Military Aspects of Terrain requires specific technical experience and software. Minimum system requirements for the ArcGIS Platform can be found on the Support website.

Military Aspects of Terrain 1.0.1 is supported on ArcGIS 10.1.

Requirement Description
Experience
  • Editing workflows in ArcGIS for Desktop
  • Using geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS for Desktop
  • Publishing GIS services
Software
Map Authoring
  • ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop Standard or Advanced
  • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Extension
  • ArcGIS 3D Analyst Extension
GIS Service Hosting
  • ArcGIS 10.1 for Server Standard or Advanced with an enterprise or workgroup geodatabase.

What you get

When you download the Military Aspects of Terrain (MAoT) template, the download includes the following:

save
Directory Folder Item Description
Documentation N/A Getting_Started_the_Military_Aspects_of_Terrain_template PDF Document with instructions on how to get started (captured here)
Maps Layers Amphibious Landing Beaches (ALB).lyr A layer with a schema and sample data for beaches suitable for amphibious landings.
Avenues of Approach.lyr A layer with a schema and sample data for ground routes based on size.
Drop Zones (DZ).lyr A layer with a schema and sample data for areas designated as a landing zone for parachutists.
Helicopter Landing Zones (HLZ).lyr A layer with a schema and sample data for areas designated as a landing zone for helicopters.
Key Terrain.lyr A layer with a schema and sample data for areas designated as advantageous in ground warfare.
Mobility Corridors.lyr A layer with a schema and sample data for areas that canalize military forces based on size.
Packages Avenues of Approach Features.lpk A layer package with schema and sample data for ground routes based on size.
Key Terrain Features.lpk A layer package that identifies all key terrain in the Area of Operations.
Zones of Entry Features.lpk A layer package that identifies all zones of entry in the Area of Operations.
N/A OperationGDB.gdb File Geodatabase
Toolbox A folder containing the MAoT Toolbox, layers, scripts, and scratch geodatabase.
Create MCOO.mxd Map Document used to create a MCOO.
Create Suitability Overlays.mxd Map Document used to create suitability overlays.
Publish LOC.mxd Map Document used to publish lines of communication.
Publish Obstacles.mxd Map Document used to publish obstacles.

What's new

Below are the release dates and notes for Military Aspects of Terrain. If you need support, please contact Esri Support Services. If you'd like to get help from other military and intelligence community members, post your question on GeoNet.

Version Description
1.0.0
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.1
1.0.1
  • Update documentation

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