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modeling and simulation

Almost
 As Real As
 Disaster Gets

February 1, 2013
By Rita Boland

Emergency responders working under U.S. Air Forces Europe are preparing to receive an advanced simulation trainer that they expect will greatly improve the realism and efficacy of their training. Though procured mainly for firefighters, the system can be employed to exercise many types of crisis situations. Other organizations around the world already are using it for different purposes while benefitting from one another’s efforts. Anytime one user makes an improvement, that knowledge is shared with everyone, creating a constantly evolving capability.

The Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS) will allow U.S. Air Forces Europe (USAFE) the opportunity to train more realistically on the task of putting out aircraft fires than current or previous tools, according to Master Sgt. Joey R. Meininger, USAF, the fire emergency services program manager for USAFE and Air Forces Africa. He explains that the system will allow personnel to see what happens when an aircraft goes ablaze, training them for events that planners cannot reproduce. With the ADMS, users can simulate all forms of response from the minute emergency personnel receive the call about the problem through the end of the programmed event, including simulating the experience of driving to the emergency location. Incident commanders can immediately see the various effects their decisions have on situations. Once the commander assigns tasks, personnel will perform their actions in the simulated environment, giving everyone a chance to observe how choices influence events. The system will record each piece of input to help determine whether or not decisions were correct.

NASA Leverages 
Video Game
 Technology for Robots and Rovers

February 11, 2013
By Max Cacas

Earthbound technologies and computer programming that make most popular video games possible are driving development of the remote-controlled robots now in use by NASA in the unmanned exploration of Mars and the solar system. Those improvements in both hardware and software also spur innovation in the next generation of robots envisioned for use by government and industry. That is important because NASA recently has proposed a new, multiyear program of sending robot explorers to Mars, culminating in the launch of another large scientific rover in the year 2020.

“The technologies and the software that the video game industry has developed for rendering data, scenes, terrain—many of the same visualization techniques and technologies are infiltrating into the kinds of software that we use for controlling spacecraft,” according to Jeff Norris, manager of the Planning and Execution Systems Section with NASA’S Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. In a similar way, joysticks and gaming consoles such as the Microsoft XBox Kinect are examples of gaming technology hardware that have functional analogues in the systems used to control robotic spacecraft.

Alion to Continue Modeling and Simulation Support

October 24, 2012
George I. Seffers

Alion Science and Technology, McLean, Va., has been awarded a $63 million competitive award on the Software, Networks, Information, Modeling and Simulation (SNIM) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract. Alion has been providing modeling and simulation technical support of the Navy Warfare Development Command in the areas of software development, systems integration, analysis and event support through technologies including Joint Semi-Automated Forces, Joint Simulation Bus and various command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems for many years. With this award, Alion will continue its support of the Navy Continuous Training Environment (NCTE) and provide critical modeling and simulation software development, NCTE architecture, training systems integration, network engineering, and research and development for Fleet Synthetic Training and Joint/Fleet experimentation.

Making Sense of Big Data From Supercomputers

October 11, 2012
By Rita Boland

Big data can mean big problems for the people trying to derive usable information from a large number of sources. Since coming into existence in March, the Scalable Data Management, Analysis and Visualization Institute has made strides to resolve this issue for programs running on supercomputers. The young organization’s efforts have applicability to a variety of scientific fields—including nuclear physics—and its tools are open source so others can take advantage of the findings.

Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), under which the institute falls. For the next five years, the department will provide $5 million annually to support research among the members, which include seven universities and six national laboratories. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is the lead, because one of its staff, Arie Shoshani, was chosen as the institute’s director. The private company Kitware Incorporated also is a member, supplying its visualization toolkit for partners to use. Shoshani explains that his organization’s emphasis on scientific data, large scale simulations and in-situ processing separate it from other agencies working on big data projects. Running data reduction, analysis and visualization tasks in situ means that these tasks are performed on the same machine where the simulation takes place. This allows such functions to be performed on the system in memory before getting the data out to disk, and therefore greatly reduces the amount of data that has to be stored on disk for further, or post-processing, analysis.

University to Research Advanced Simulation Under $135.5 Million Contract

August 31, 2011
By George Seffers

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, was awarded a $135.5 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research services in advanced modeling and simulation, capitalizing on research and development in disciplines with the entertainment industry. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Durham, North Carolina, is the contracting activity.

Kratos Receives Simulation Research and Development Contract

June 24, 2011
By George Seffers

Kratos Digital Fusion Solutions Incorporated, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded approximately $23 million for research, development, modeling, and simulation capabilities for innovative and comprehensive research and development efforts in the highly coupled areas and intersections of modeling and simulation, computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamic heating and advanced weapons concepts. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

ITT to Research Simulation for Chem-Bio Smoke and Obscurants

June 17, 2011
By George Seffers

ITT Corporation, Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a more than $9 million contract to provide for research and development efforts in the area of modeling, simulation, and analysis for chemical biological smoke and obscurants. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Navy Modifies EA-6B Flight Simulator Contract

May 20, 2011
By George Seffers

Chesapeake Technology International, California, Maryland, is being awarded a nearly $7 million contract modification to provide additional funding for system engineering services for test support, in-service engineering, fleet introduction, installation and checkout, and data requirements in support of the Improved Capability III EA-6B flight simulator and USQ-113 communication jamming and receiver simulation. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity.

Alatec Receives White Sands Modeling and Simulation Contract

May 6, 2011
By George Seffers

Alatec Incorporated, Huntsville, Alabama, was recently awarded a roughly $13 million contract to provide personnel expertise, analysis skills, studies, modeling, simulation and information technology services for White Sands Missile Range. The U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Navy Modifies Intelligence Services Contract with CACI

April 5, 2011
By George Seffers

CACI Incorporated, Federal, Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded a nearly $11 increase in scope modification to a previously-awarded contract for scientific, technical, and administrative intelligence-related services. Services provided will involve creating end-user knowledge from intelligence data and products and managing human systems interface of knowledge through processes such as modeling and simulation. Additionally, services will include providing weapon systems science, technology, engineering, and logistics services and support, providing security support services for both collateral and compartmented facilities and programs, providing other administrative and technical services such as preparing technical documents, drafting, and illustrations, and developing and executing an overall contract and project management plan.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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