In the modern era of vehicle design, the use of computer simulation and shaker rigs is crucial. To utilize these essential design tools, topographical measurements of appropriate terrains must be collected. While it is obvious that high-resolution data is critical for quality testing, there is no clear definition for what resolution is actually required in practice. This required level of fidelity can only be determined by considering all aspects of the end use. This paper will establish a general set of guidelines by which the required resolution can be determined to meet specific application needs. The use of these guidelines will be demonstrated through an experimental case study of a vehicle driving over a very simple terrain profile.

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