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BISim releases Mantle ETM—Enterprise Terrain Management

BISim releases Mantle ETM – a customized terrain pipeline for mission rehearsal, visualization, and terrain analysis.


BISim releases Mantle ETM (Enterprise Terrain Management), its new customized virtual terrain creation system. It can be used to create simulated terrain, for rehearsing missions, terrain analysis, and visualization.

It is based on proven COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) software components, combined with expert design and development services.

Key features

These are some of the ways that Mantle ETM scores over older methods of terrain virtualization:

  • Cost-effectiveness.
  • Ease-of-use.
  • Effectiveness.
  • Proven technology.
  • Regular updates.
  • Scalability.


Mantle ETM reduces the manpower required to develop and deploy terrain by offering a high degree of automation at every stage.


It is is designed with accessibility in mind. Users can quickly learn to create and edit terrain on the fly. With the VBS Geo-editing tool, it leverages a content library consisting of more than eight thousand 3D models. And edits can be stored and curated centrally.


Mantle ETM simplifies enterprise-wide terrain handling for simulation and visualization by providing you with a cloud-capable terrain server that can be integrated with your existing terrain creation capabilities.

BiSim Releases MantleETM

Terrain generated using Mantle ETM

This greatly improves the effectiveness of this software system.

Proven technology

The platform is based on robust COTS components, including:

  • TerraTools components for generating artificial terrains.
  • VBS4’s Blue Data Pipeline technology for procedural enhancement.
  • VBS World Server components for terrain storage and other server functionality.

Updated regularly

Mantle ETM components are updated regularly with new customer-driven requirements and bug fixes. It benefits from significant internal investment. This drives feature improvements such as curated global base data and extended support for new runtimes and streaming terrain formats.


Mantle ETM can be deployed on the cloud or on a local area network. It also supports synchronization between servers so that data can be distributed and backed up safely.

Terrain challenges and solutions

Creating a high-fidelity terrain simulation is difficult and challenging. It requires good source data, building correlated terrain for multiple runtimes, synchronizing data between different simulation clients, storing the vast amount of source data, utilizing classified and other restricted data, and editing data, all “on the fly”.

Historically, these challenges required separate specialist teams to build terrain data, disconnected from the point-of-need users. In order to obtain the required finished terrain, the old methods resulted in high costs and long lead times. Mantle ETM solves all these problems.

A Mantle ETM installation integrates with your existing terrain capabilities. It delivers a cloud-capable custom terrain pipeline that works with your data, processes, servers, and runtimes. It can also deliver a full end-to-end terrain creation and management system from scratch. And it can run from an internal server on a local area network too.

As BISim releases Mantle ETM, CEO Arthur Alexio explains


“Mantle ETM Is based on the work we’ve been doing with the U.S. Army. The company is looking forward to presenting this technology to its entire customer base and delivering a full end-to-end terrain creation and management solution from scratch.”


About BISim

Founded in 2001, Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is a global software company at the forefront of simulation and training software development for defense and civilian organizations. Its engineers use the latest game-based technology to develop high-fidelity, cost-effective training and simulation software products.

Thousands of military personnel around the world train using BISim’s VBS software products. More than 60 NATO and NATO-friendly countries, and over 300 system integrators and prime contractors deploy its VBS technology.


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