Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"I Can Track That Chemical Attack In 0.05 Seconds"

75 percent of fatalities from direct exposure to a CBR (chemical, biological, radiological) agent can be traced back to the first 15 minutes of an event.

To aid first responders, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has created a tool that can provide accurate, instantaneous, three-dimensional predictions if a CBR agent were to be released in an urban setting.

This "tool" (code-named CT-Analyst,) can provide answers to first responders in approximately 0.05 seconds versus computational fluid dynamics models, which can take one to two hours per scenario to run.

Based on very limited data, CT-Analyst provides immediate analysis of exposed and soon-to-be exposed regions, allowing emergency management personnel to instantaneously project optimal evacuation paths based on the current evolving situation.

NRL’s Adam Moses offers more details: “Basically, every scenario you can imagine has already been processed. It’s in a database and you just have to look it up… We’re dealing with where you are on the street, where the fire trucks are headed and, more importantly, where you can set up a triage zone, where you can put hospital tents, or whatever else you need, and know where that plume is headed and where it is not, and you can plan for both instances.”

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Just don't ask the Navy how it works.

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