Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This page contains frequently asked questions about GeoExPT. Use this FAQ to get answers to your most frequently asked questions. All questions pertaining to a particular topic are grouped and listed below.

General

What is GeoExPT?

The Geospatial Expeditionary Planning Tool (GeoExPT) is integrated as a plugin within Autodesk's AutoCAD Map 3D software and provides automated support for contingency bed-down planning and sustainment operations. It leverages the power of AutoCAD and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), with established siting/basing criteria, to produce an integrated installation picture. GeoExPT provides the capability to determine aircraft parking requirements, auto park aircraft on established surfaces, place deployable facility and utility assets, provide automatic constraint checks, manage airfield damage, and generate a variety of reports and timelines.

What system configuration is required to run GeoExPT?

Supported Operating Systems (OS):

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 10

System Configuration:

  • 2.0 GHz recommended or higher
  • 2GB RAM minimum (4 GB recommended or higher)
  • True color monitor with a minimum of 1GB video card (2GB recommended or higher)
  • Paging File (Swap Space) at a minimum of 500MB.
  • 128MB of storage space

Additional Software:

  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2015 ..or..
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2016 ..or..
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2017

What version of AutoCAD Map 3D is required?

GeoExPT supports the following AutoCAD versions:

  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2015
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2016
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2017

How do I check my version?

Your version number for GeoExPT is displayed in the About GeoExPT dialog, which is accessible via the About button in the Help group under the View tab.

What is the Logging tool?

The Logging tool maintains a log of events that have occurred during the creation and maintenance of the scenario.

What is the crash grid?

The Crash Grid Tool enables you to create a grid based on the Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) for a specified region.

Does GeoExPT have a mobile app?

GeoExPT does not currently have a mobile edition; however, a mobile app for GeoExPT would not be completely unrealistic, and it could happen in the future.

Beddown Planning

What is a scenario?

Scenarios store all the information regarding a GeoExPT project (e.g. layers, symbology, author, date created, resources, features, etc.). Scenarios are a handy way to work with GeoExPT data in different situations such as bed down planning for forward operating locations, airfield damage repair for MOS selection, or "What if..." contingency planning. The scenarios you create and store are based on the Autodesk Industry Model (IM) and the AutoCAD drawing file format (DWG). The Industry model defines the resource elements, geospatial layers, topology, and business rules required by GeoExPT.

What is the planning wizard?

The Planning Wizard establishes initial sets and component quantities required for deployment based on unit population. The Planning Wizard can also be re-used within a scenario if it is determined that additional requirements must be met. This is useful when additional troops or squadrons are planned to arrive at the base in an additional phase.

What is a template?

Templates enable you to save scenario layouts. The template process stores templates in a custom .xml format that can be shared and imported with templates. The use of templates provides you with a way to quickly and accurately place large numbers of features multiple times. When storing templates, you can assign the template to a set and you can set the template as a default template. Templates assigned to sets will show up when you right-click on a set, while in a scenario, to immediately add the template to the existing scenario.

What is a component?

Components are items that can be placed on the map; they are divided into component groups and component instances. Examples of components are tents, generators, Airfield lighting kits, etc…

What is scheduling?

Scheduling allows the user to place components on specific days during planning.

 Aircraft Parking

How many aircraft types are in GeoExPT?

GeoExPT’s database includes over 200 aircraft, each unique with its own attributes and scaled shape.

What are preview zone buffers?

Preview zone buffers depict the clearance zones required by the aircraft on the parking area.

What is the difference between a Surface and a Parking Area?

Surface are designated locations for aircraft operations including but not limited to; aircraft maintenance, landing, aircraft take-off, and taxiing to and from the runway. Parking Areas are designated areas specifically designed for aircraft parking operations.

How will we know fit a plane will fit in a specific parking area?

Every plane has constraints assigned to them based on clearance and space specifications provided by the military. The system will calculate the specs vs available space and determine if the plane can fit or not. You can manually override constraints if you wish to park a plane in a specific location regardless of specs.

Can I park a plane anywhere?

You can manually park a plane anywhere on the map.

 Airfield Damage Repair (ADR)

What damage types are managed by GeoExPT?

GeoExPT contains tools to plot and manage bomblet, crater, crater field, camouflet, spall, spall field, UXO, and unclassified damages. In addition, users are able to specify the damage properties (i.e. type, depth, diameter, etc.) that are specific to the damage type.

What is the difference between the MOS and MAOS?

The difference between Minimum Airfield Operating Surface (MAOS) and Minimum Operating Strip (MOS) is aircraft routing. Ensuring aircraft have access to a selected MOS is crucial. Interconnected taxiways define paths used to navigate to and from runway surfaces for takeoff and landing.  Taxiway availability after an attack can be greatly impeded due to airfield damage. How greatly this damage affects Launch or Recovery (LoR) rates depends on the feasibility of alternate aircraft routes vs. taxiway damage repair.  As always, this is balanced against tight time constraints.

What does the ADR Wizard do?

The Airfield Damage Repair Wizard allows the user to finalize a MOS candidate and supports MAOS briefing to the Commander. The user can select the necessary repair zone materials with repair teams and zones shown as timeline broken down by task.