EmerGeo Participates in National Disaster Simulation Project
EmerGeo Mapping a Key Component of an Interoperability Framework for Municipal-Provincial-Federal Collaboration.
September 28, 2007
VANCOUVER B.C. – EmerGeo Solutions Inc. is collaborating with key Canadian federal agencies and industry partners in a three-year disaster simulation project led by CAE and funded by the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI).
CRTI was launched in May 2002 as the federal science community’s response to providing science solutions to CBRNE terrorist threats. It has been very successful in building linkages among non-traditional partners and across organizational boundaries. These new communities have increased Canada’s knowledge and preparedness for countering CBRNE threats by working together on a common mission.
Like most major emergencies and disasters, CBRN threats demand a collaborative response from diverse municipal, provincial, and federal stakeholders. Collaboration can only be achieved when common and compatible standards, processes, protocols, and tools are used by responders at the scene to provincial-federal agencies supporting the response effort.
The project, announced in December 2006 by CAE, is to develop a simulation-based emergency management experimentation capability to support analysis, training, and operational rehearsal for Canadian homeland security organizations. The project team will build an operational architecture based on the critical incident responses of organizations to selected scenarios. Simulated CBRN events will unfold within the selected geographical area of Vancouver and the Vancouver-Whistler corridor.
EmerGeo mapping software will integrate a high-resolution map (geospatial dataset) as the basis for a Common Operating Picture Environment (COPE).
Simulated incidents, resources and activities will be injected onto 2-D and 3-D maps used by municipal-provincial-federal decision-makers.
The simulation environment will test strategies and tactics used to protect people and property. Outputs from CBRN models used at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Suffield, chemical plume “foot prints” produced by Environment Canada’s “urban canyon” dispersion algorithms, and simulated movement of police, fire and other resources will be displayed on EmerGeo’s planning and situation overview maps as the scenario unfolds.
Three simulation-based scenarios will test the municipal-provincial-federal responder interfaces in terms of command, control, shared awareness, and the extent to which operational interoperability can be achieved.
The simulation-based analysis will be used to validate the current operational architecture, investigate potential challenges, and establish a platform to enhance municipal-provincial-federal interoperability.
The project participants include:
- DRDC Ottawa and DRDC Suffield
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police – E-Division
- Environment Canada – Canadian Meteorological Centre
- Department of National Defence – Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre
- EmerGeo Solutions, Inc.
- Justice Institute of British Columbia
- Vancouver Police Department
EmerGeo Solutions, Inc. provides consulting services and fully integrated situation awareness technology solutions to help manage risk in Emergency Management, Environment Health & Safety, Security and Business Resilience for government and industry. Our EmerGeo software application provides all decision-makers with timely access to critical information and the decision-support tools needed before, during and after emergencies and major events.
EmerGeo’s unique managed Common Operating Picture (mCOP™) technology allows information stored in siloed systems to be shared securely and in a controlled way among work groups so that all decision-makers are working from the most up-to-date, accurate and validated information available. Our hosted Learning Management System (eLearning) ensures customers can implement our technology and best practices in a cost-effective manner.