Thursday, May 26, 2011

Advanced Disaster Management Simulator

Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS) is an interactive virtual reality simulation system for training incident commanders and disaster management teams. Developed by Environmental Tectonics Corporation, ADMS provides disaster management training for everyone from police, to medical responders, to emergency vehicle operators. Simulation sessions occur withing virtual 3D environments that range from urban to rural, from seaport to airport, and from railways to subways.

To help reduce the loss of lives suffered during a large scale natural disaster, training and being prepared for these events is mandatory. Unfortunately the costs, planning time, and logistics that are required in order to conduct a live disaster response training simulation is so significant that it is often prohibitive. This is where virtual training simulators come into play. Virtual training simulators allow you to conduct any number of simulated disasters as often as you want, without posing any risks to people or property, and at affordable costs. By overcoming some of the hurdles and limitations posed by real-world training, virtual training simulators are an invaluable tool when it comes to training people.

Advanced Disaster Management Simulation
Advanced Disaster Management Simulation

Training for Disaster Management

Operators of ADMS are immersed in an interactive virtual 3D environment that includes a physics engine, artificial intelligence, and a collection of algorithms that take into account a number of variable conditions, and then generate realistic disaster scenarios. Everyone from on-scene incident commanders to emergency center operations personnel are able to practice their reaction and decision making skills, preparing them to make better decisions when a real-world disaster strikes.

Subway Accident Response Simulation

The simulation focuses on response training objectives like:
  • Command and control
  • Coordination and communication
  • Planning and resource management
In addition to being a multi-user platform that allows for teams to train together, ADMS is an expandable system, that allows for the integration of items like vehicle cabs so drivers and heavy equipment operators can participate in the simulation-based training sessions. With a wide variety in the types of disasters that can be simulated, many different disciplines can benefit from the training provided by the simulator. Simulation scenarios include:
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Building fires
  • Industrial accidents
  • Hazardous material spills
  • Forrest fires
In addition to providing a virtual environment for disaster management training, ADMS includes a number of other features that make the system an even more powerful tool. Some of the features that stand out include:
  • Responder performance assessment utility
  • Response plan testing application
  • Scenario generator
  • Instant replay
Combine the increase in disasters we face today from sources like climate change, terrorism, and man-made emergencies, with the lack of sufficient training budgets due to the current economic climate, and you've got the perfect conditions for disasters to turn into catastrophes. Training simulators allow you to stay within your budget, while providing your people with the training they need to be prepared when disasters strike.