Visual Systems Specifications and Acceptance Tests

The  Annual Flight & Ground Vehicle Simulation 2- day specialized course has been retired

Visual System Specification and Acceptance Test

This is a specialized 2-day Course to enhance your knowledge and use of Flight and Ground Vehicle Simulation systems

Registration is closed. Please contact us at if you are interested in a private offering of this course delivered at your location to your organization.

About the Course

Derivation of Requirements: An overview of methods by which visual system requirements are derived from task objectives is presented. The focus in this course is on specifying the visual system to meet derived task requirements, but understanding the process by which technical requirements are derived is essential to writing a good specification.

Specification Formats: A good specification describes what must be achieved and not how it is achieved. Test methods must have sufficient flexibility to work for a variety of different approaches. Specifications are broken down into individual paragraphs dealing with individual features of the system. Specification items are discussed according to the relation to training requirements, specification of the feature at different levels of fidelity, and test procedures for verifying that the system meets the specification

Detailed Specifications: Examples of specifications are presented for each area of system performance.

  • Data Base Specifications
  • Interface and Control Real Time Software Specifications
  • Graphic Hardware Specifications
  • Display Specifications
  • Sensor System Specifications
  • Physical and Maintenance Specifications

Special Topics in Specification and Testing:

  • Image Quality
  • Overload and Underload Correction
  • Benchmarking
  • Character Animation
  • Crash Detection
  • The Fair Fight Problem

Day One Outline

  • Overview of the Specification Process
  • Task Analysis
  • Database Specifications
  • Real Time Software Specifications
  • Image Generator HW Features

Day Two Outline

  • Image Generator Specifications
  • Capacity
  • Features
  • Display Specifications
  • Common Parameters
  • Projection and HMD Display
  • Color Specification and Measurement
  • Acceptance Test Principles
  • Acceptance Test Special Problems


Roy W. LathamRoy W. Latham is the founder and president of Computer Graphics Systems Development Corporation, (CGSD Corp.), a Mountain View, California-based systems integration firm specializing in simulation technology. He served as editor and publisher of the professional newsletter Real Time Graphics for 12 years. Previously, he managed graphics and imaging system projects at Link Flight Simulation's Advanced Products Operation, Kaiser Aerospace, and Sun Microsystems.

Fees and Registration

2-day specialized course only

  • UNIVERSITY/GOVERNMENT: $645 (early bird by March 15), $695 (regular fees start March 16)
  • INDUSTRY: $695 (early bird by March 15), $745 (regular fees start March 16)

5-day main course plus a 2-day specialized course

  • UNIVERSITY/GOVERNMENT: $2,170 (early bird by March 15), $2,270 (regular fees start March 16)
  • INDUSTRY: $2,270 (early bird by March 15), $2,370 (regular fees start March 16)

Contact our office for group rates (available for 3+ registrants from an organization).

Go to our registration and fees page for more information on how to register.