Recently, VT MAK attended and exhibited at the Australasia Simulation Congress (ASC) in Sydney, Australia. This was MAK’s first time appearing at the conference since the forum and conference changed their name from SimTecT.

ASC is the national body for the market, working in Australasia to bring together the health simulation industry and simulation technology derived from the aerospace and defense markets.

MAK presented VR-Forces demos that highlighted its ability to populate synthetic environments with urban, battlefield, maritime, and airspace activity. VR-Engage was also on display, providing a multi-role virtual simulator.

Also presented was an integration of VR-Forces and VR-Engage. When combined, they can be used to create a synthetic environment where users could play the role of a first-person human character; and/or vehicle driver, gunner or commander; or the pilot of an airplane.

Our featured demonstration provided a Joint Terminal Air Controller (JTAC) scenario.

JTACs are relied on to direct and coordinate close air support missions, advise commanders on matters pertaining to air support, and observe and report the results of strikes.

Their ability to communicate effectively with pilots and coordinate accurate air strikes can play a major role in the success of a mission.

In our demo, a ground unit is lasing a particular point of reference on the ground and the pilot was issued instructions of the geo-specific location and locked onto the target. It provided customers with a clear understanding of MAK’s integrated tools and solutions while outlining the flexibility of MAK software and demonstrated a wide variety of applications that can be developed by our product offering.

Throughout the conference, MAK was provided additional technical and sales support by our Australian local representatives – Simulation Solution Australia – SIMSOL. It was great to see our core customer base and additionally provided us the opportunity to meet conference attendees.

Note:  ASC 2017 evening events included a special acknowledgment award for Early Career Innovators. This award is in the name of John Mitchell who has dedicated years of service in the Modeling and Simulation market.

John Mitchell Early Career Innovator Award
The John Mitchell Early Career Innovator Award is presented as a “book end” to the Ray Page Lifetime Simulation Achievement Award and recognises that simulation has a rapidly evolving technology and application base and that these advances and innovations are typically made early in a career by. The John Mitchell Early Career Innovator Award is presented in recognition of a significant innovation, made in the first 3 – 4 years after the completion of formal education.

The award is named after the Mr John Mitchell, one of the two original Life Members. John has spent his career fostering innovation in industry.

Check out some pics of us at the show: Dan Brockway presenting in our booth, and me, with some royal company! ;-)