The safety of life is one of the most important issues in the field of C-IED work.
In the last decades various tools and aids have been introduced to support the work of EOD/IEDD personnel. One of the most powerful tools among those are the EOD/IEDD robots.
They have been already used in Iraq to dispose of improvised explosive devices, and nowadays a number of EOD robots are in deployment in countries throughout the world.
The robot hardware is expensive, and the number of devices is limited. Often the device used for operations is also used for training purposes.
In reality, training for different operational situations can only rarely be performed--if at all--due to financial issues, time pressures, or lack of availability. The application of virtual training can help to circumvent these practical limitations.
EADS in Maching, Germany are using Vortex as the physics simulation engine for their EOD robotics training simulation application.
Vortex was selected after a review of many open source and commercial physics engines, because it was the most stable and most accurate. EADS recently published their results from this simulation work at ITEC 2010 in London. The conclusions were that the simulation behavior of Vortex and the real performance of the robot were strongly correlated.
To download a copy of the EADS ITEC paper, click here.
Download the case study: Vortex Drives EADS Robot Simulator for the Belgian Army