Forest wildfires have caused nearly $20-billion of damage in the Western US in 2021, and to better understand how they spread, NVIDIA partnered with Lockheed Martin to develop an AI digital-twin simulation. The two companies have actually formed an AI-centric lab dedicated to predicting and responding to wildfires, utilizing both the NVIDIA AI infrastructure as well as the NVIDIA Omniverse advanced visualization and virtual world simulation platform to process a fire’s magnitude.
By simulating the wildfire in a physically accurate digital twin, the system will be able to suggest actions to best suppress it. Lockheed Martin uses NVIDIA DGX systems to process data before training AI models, while NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise visualizes the fires and predicts how they might spread. Using the real-time, multi-GPU scalable simulation platform, Lockheed Martin then generates visualizations of the predicted fire movements and studies their flow dynamics across a digital replica of the landscape. This allows their team to use NVIDIA Omniverse in multiple areas.
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In Omniverse, you’ve got a virtual world that represents a photorealistic digital environment. In it, we can visualize the fires and aspects that affect them, like the terrain, slope, wind and more. In the near future, we could generate synthetic data by flying virtual assets through the Omniverse scene. Additionally, the Omniverse simulation becomes the foundation to create additional AI based models to explore response behaviors,” said Shashi Bhushan, Principal AI Architect at Lockheed Martin.