Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname

Affiliation(s) PI Project period Funded by
DEES McDonald, Eric V 10/01/2011 - 09/30/2012 US Department of Defense

Project Description

The environmental conditions and parameters used in U.S. Army testing of material and equipment must replicate the environmental conditions that are anticipated for areas where the Army will be deployed. In particular, extreme climatic and physical factors must be incorporated into live testing protocols to ensure the functionality and sustainability of vehicles, weapons systems and enhancing battlefield technologies. The research presented in this proposal is part of an ongoing mission to characterize key soil and terrain attributes of critical DoD facilities used for test and evaluation of military equipment. The proposed project is developed to collect soil and terrain information for two mobility test courses located in the Republic of Suriname. The collection of geotechnical engineering and soil characterization data and iPIX imagery across a 17-mile loop primary track and 16-mile optional track will be performed to support testing of military vehicles. Results of this project will be used to advance basic knowledge of how variably distributed soil and terrain conditions impact vehicle mobility in support of key test and evaluation strategies.