Simtables are deployed in over 100 city, state and federal agencies and in private and public colleges and universities.
They are being used in certified curriculum training exercises for mitigation planning in wildland fire and other emergency management scenarios.
Government entities purchasing Simtables include the USDA, USFS, BLM, DOD along with State, County and City municipalities. Information and links to grants and other assistance programs is found below the product information.
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Simtable™ Base Hardware
Simtable™ Active Perception Projector/Camera Pair processor, this integrated system allows the user to interact with the table’s interface using a laser pointer. Included is a Short-throw DLP Projector, Industrial-Grade Machine Vision Camera, dedicated PC, Cabling, Projector Stand, Portable Sandtable, Sand Medium, and Pelican travel case.
Simtable AnySurface™ Machine Vision Software
Wildland Fire Modules:
Wildland Fire Simulation Module
Simtable’s agent-based fire model is customized to utilize the customer’s data specific to their areas. The Fire Model reacts to changes in fuel types and density, slope, wind strength and direction. Customer’s specific fuel, GIS and satellite image layers can be incorporated. After Action Reviews/Lessons Learned can be conducted on past fires using historical animated perimeter progressions alongside emergency resources. Included are Wildland Fire Tactical Tools for simulating an initial attack, including dozer and hand crews, air tankers and helicopters. Each resource utilizes the NWCG fireline handbook data for standard production rates.
15 Tactical Firefighting Resources
Each resource utilizes the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s Fireline Handbook data for standard production rates. For example, a Dozer type II will travel at the median production rate of 115 chains per hour along a 0-25% slope, uphill.
Allows user to see how the fire has progressed across ownership boundaries and calculates in real time the percentage of affected assets in each ownership jurisdiction.
Past Fire/Lessons Learned Module
Simtable’s past fire module takes established fire data from past fires and interpolates behavior providing a dynamic layer that shows fire characteristics over time alongside emergency resources and other agent-based modules (e.g., evacuations).
Training and Installation:
Training by Simtable certified instructor. Includes setup, operation and a “Train the Trainer” session which shares best practices by an experienced sandtable trainer on incorporating the Simtable into tabletop exercises.
Emergency Management Modules:
Simtable’s agent-based evacuation modules are custom evacuations based on your maps, road layers and specific populations. Evacuation areas and destinations can be chosen interactively to see change in population behavior over a given time period. Simtable creates custom traffic models to help you with your public safety evacuation planning.
See traffic flows in relation to fire simulations and the time of their progression
Locate potential traffic congestion points
Identify key escape routes and plan for resource allocation
Use population modeling to estimate vehicle & foot traffic
Integrate rich real-time data with remote sensor gathering
Flood Simulation Module
Simtable’s flood simulation module uses flood data of established high risk areas and interpolates behavior providing a dynamic layer showing flood characteristics over time alongside emergency resources and other agent-based modules, e.g., evacuations. The dynamic flood inundation mapping module runs flood simulations and creates maps during a current and forecasted flood using real-time data. All incidents include the ability to evaluate evacuation plans with agent-based modeling simulations of local populations’ housing layer and local road networks. The Flood & Storms Software Module includes:
Dynamic Inundation Mapping
Interactive with SimTable Evacuation Models
Dynamic Evacuation Routes & Points
Hazmat Simulation Module
Simtable’s hazmat module provides interactive plume modeling as a dynamic layer over the customer’s maps/areas. Agent-based chemical plume modeling can be used as an assessment tool for parameter estimation, dispersion, resource allocation and for minimizing the spread of contamination of hazardous agents or materials to other locations. Designate safe zones, safe approaches and place ordered resources strategically around the incident as it unfolds. The Hazmat Module includes:
Agent-based Chemical Plume Modeling
Strategic and Tactical Resource Allocation
Dynamic Wind & Behavior Inputs
Distributed Mobile Integration
Tablet Remote Integration Feature
Allows user to conduct and manipulate multiple views of Simtable simulations from a remote device – tablet, pc, smartphone, etc. utilizing an app-based interface.
Maintenance, Hosting, Support and Continuous Software Upgrades
Annual subscription of continuous software version upgrades, license to new software modules, maintenance of hardware and software and ACEQUIA™ cloud service to support real-time data synchronization to agency, collaborators, media and citizen devices. The first year included.
Grants and Funding:
Simtable users have secured grants from local and federal sources to help offset the cost of a Simtable installation. Previous grants have come from several of the following sources:
The Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S) are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FP&S Grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. Eligibility includes fire departments, national, regional, state, and local organizations, Native American tribal organizations, and/or community organizations recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and safety programs and activities.
FEMA offers a helpful video providing an overview of how to prepare a competitive grant application. View in FEMA Multimedia Library
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), administers Pre-Disaster Mitigation Planning and Project Grants (PDM). This grant program (PDM) provides funds and technical assistance to state entities, tribes and local governments to aid in developing multi-hazard mitigation plans and to administer projects identified in those plans.
The Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System (NPS) by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal (the Goal) of a secure and resilient Nation. The building, sustainment, and delivery of these core capabilities require the combined effort of the whole community, rather than the exclusive effort of any single organization or level of government. The EMPG Program supports efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas based on allowable costs.
The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to States and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. To contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO) for information on eligibility, please check FEMA’s site here.
The Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal (the Goal) of a secure and resilient Nation. The building, sustainment, and delivery of these core capabilities are not exclusive to any single level of government, organization, or community, but rather, require the combined effort of the whole community. The THSGP supports all core capabilities in the Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas based on allowable costs.
The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) is a federally-funded program. The program’s mandate is to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime, and terrorism through the convergence of science and technology (S&T) with policy, operations, and intelligence.