JSC Supports Geospatial Modeling and Simulation Projects
As public safety agencies seek to expand their repertoire of geospatial modeling and simulation tools in 2014, two projects and reports dealing with communications and exercise planning, respectively, may be of use.
Propagation modeling software is used in conjunction with communications systems to identify in visual format coverage maps for wireless communications systems to assist in the placement of repeaters and other communications equipment. In addition to being used at incident scenes to perform ad hoc propagation modeling, the products can also be used in preparedness and planning activities.
Specifically, propagation modeling software has been used to plan and deploy communications systems in response to terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and other large-scale incidents. Emergency responders; local, state, and federal agencies; and private utility, manufacturing, and transportation companies are common users of this technology.
The JSC conducted a market survey in order to provide information on commercially available equipment, and produced the Market Survey Report on Propagation Modeling Software. All reports in this series, including the Propagation Modeling Software Application Note, are available upon request.
In support of exercise planning, JSC managed the development and testing of the Exercise Simulation System (ESS), an ArcGIS-based tool used by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC). The community information in the ESS is presented in multiple formats, such as text, tables, organizational charts, and static and interactive geographical information system (GIS)-based maps. The ESS interactive maps provide users with an extensive library of GIS functions and information to facilitate planning and decision-making processes during exercises.