Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) Facility
(Photo Credit: Caroline Horn - WILL Interactive, Inc.)
Modern warfighters need to train in real-life environments, and the Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) facility at Fort Knox makes it happen. As part of a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Barge Design Solutions was tasked with designing a simulated city that includes buildings, a mock airstrip, and an “African Shanty Town” to provide a realistic warfare training environment at the Zussman MOUT facility in Kentucky.
Barge Design Solutions provided project management, structural design, and mechanical design for the project. Buildings in the urban mock-up consisted of four two-story residences with basements, seven one-story residences, a three-story hotel with basement, a three-story municipal building, and a one-story operational warehouse with a perimeter wall. A 2,000-square foot range operations center was also part of the design, built in a retro-fitted water tower on the site.
The MOUT facility allows military teams to role-play different scenarios for training or to prepare for real-world engagements without fear of a true enemy presence. Operations areas are under full video monitoring and recording for review and critique.
The Barge Factor
Barge Design Solutions offered all multidisciplinary services for the project in-house. The company’s experience and dedication to serving the Federal government, as well as its soldiers, and their families renewed the company’s resolve towards projects with similar impacts.