Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

[author type="author"]Megan Holland[/author] Researchers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS, have created a faster, more efficient way to collect and manage field data, using one of the most common technologies in today’s market: smartphones. With the ERDC-developed Mobile Information Collection Application (MICA) software, data can be captured digitally, saving hours of writing forms and inputting data into spreadsheets. Thanks to the progress of technology, today’s phones do much more than make calls. Most come equipped with cameras, GPS, compasses, wireless capability, and computer processing. ERDC researchers began investigating the use of smartphones as data collection devices in 2009, in […]

SPIDERS to Weave Web of Cyber, Energy Security

SPIDERS to Weave Web of Cyber, Energy Security

[author type="author"]Dana Finney[/author] A Joint Capability Technology Demonstration will use a distributed energy circuit, or microgrid, combined with other elements to ensure that critical military missions have a reliable, secure electrical supply after a power outage due to natural disasters or attack. Called “Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security” (SPIDERS), the project will explore the advanced controls needed for utility-connected and islanded (operating without a connection to an electrical grid) modes of operation, cyber-security risk mitigation, and transition of microgrid technology to standards. SPIDERS’ partners include the U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, five U.S. Department of Energy laboratories, the Engineer Research […]

Army Developing New Self-Propelled Howitzer

Army Developing New Self-Propelled Howitzer

[author type="author"]Kris Osborn[/author] The Army is developing a next-generation, 40-ton 155mm howitzer artillery cannon called the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM), with the capability to fire precision rounds, accommodate additional armor protections, and power up more onboard electrical systems. The new vehicle, slated to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) by 2013, features a 600-volt onboard power system designed to accommodate emerging networking technologies as they become available. “The PIM is the Army’s modernization program for the 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer fleet. The SWAP [space, weight, and power] buyback that the PIM will provide is huge. It allows us to add additional armor to the platform, and it allows us to add additional […]

USAASC Employees Support Charities Through Combined Federal Campaign

FORT BELVOIR, VA–The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) marks its 50th anniversary this year, and U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) employees already are participating in the campaign’s golden anniversary, pledging donations to a cause of their choice from a list of nearly 4,000 charities. “Over the last 50 years, the CFC has raised nearly $7 billion to help combat disease, protect our planet, feed the hungry, and lift up individuals and communities at home and around the world,” wrote President Barack Obama in a message sent on September 13. Robert Coultas, USAASC’s CFC point of contact, said that each directorate at USAASC has a book listing the charities eligible for […]

New Analytic Tool Supports Master Planning for Net Zero Installations

New Analytic Tool Supports Master Planning for Net Zero Installations

[author type="author"]Dana Finney[/author] The first tool of an integrated virtual model to help installations meet the Army’s ambitious Net Zero goals provides engineering analysis for planners seeking to achieve Net Zero energy at the facilities level. The new tool, which debuted at the GovEnergy conference in Cincinnati, OH in August, will feed a system-level analysis model coming in January 2012. “Before you can optimize systems across the installation, you have to know what the loads are for individual buildings and then determine what energy efficiency measures (EEMs) can get the loads as low as possible,” said Dr. Michael Case, Program Manager at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) of the […]

AQUA PATH: Safe Water for Soldiers and Civilians

AQUA PATH: Safe Water for Soldiers and Civilians

[author type="author"]Dr. Clint Smith[/author] Water supply safety and quality for human use create major challenges for both our deployed forces and homeland security. Current operations in Afghanistan, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Pacific Command, and other worldwide locations need safe water supplies to ensure stability and security for local populations. Water for the warfighter in theater is a limited resource and can halt major military operational support through lack of availability, tainted supplies, or ignorance of water resources for infrastructure analysis. The transition of a wireless waterborne pathogen detection system, called AQUA PATH (Autonomous Querying Threat Agent Sensor for Potable Water Handling), focuses on significantly reducing the costs and time associated […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: October 2011

New Requirement for Federal Executive Institute and Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship Starting this fiscal year, any applicant for the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) or Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) must have either completed the Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course or received equivalency or constructive credit before submitting an application. Applicants who apply for the 2011-12 DAU-SSCF program must have completed the CES Advanced course or an approved equivalent, or received constructive credit for it. Interested applicants should visit the Army Management Staff College website https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/chrtas/help/CES_Course_Credit.asp. The DAU-SSCF announcement is open Nov. 15 through March 15, 2012. The FEI announcement is being […]

Modular Protective System Proves Effective for Remote Bases

Modular Protective System Proves Effective for Remote Bases

[author type="author"]Sara Leach[/author] A series of recent demonstrations conducted by the Geotechnical and Structure Laboratory in the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers validated the protective performance of an overhead cover structure, built with no equipment, using ERDC’s Modular Protective System (MPS). The MPS is a rapidly deployable, recoverable system that consists of a lightweight space frame and composite armor panels validated for protection against a wide range of threat munitions. “The MPS was originally designed for use as a protective wall system but was recently adapted to also provide overhead protection from indirect fire threats,” said Nick Boone, Research Mechanical Engineer and […]

Tracking Data Through the Storm

Tracking Data Through the Storm

[author type="author"]Dr. Jesse McNinch and Kerry Larsen[/author] The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is on the cutting edge of mobile mapping systems for coastal areas, using remote sensing to measure depths and land elevation, as well as waves and currents. Dr. Jesse McNinch and Dr. Katie Brodie, researchers in the ERDC Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), have designed the Coastal LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and Radar Imaging System (CLARIS). Using LIDAR technology coupled with radar, the pair has created a tracked vehicle that can operate in storms, avoiding debris and other obstacles while it gathers information on topography, both of a coastline and the seabed below […]

Acquisition Career Counselors Kept Busy at AUSA Annual Meeting

Acquisition Career Counselors Kept Busy at AUSA Annual Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC—Hundreds of military and civilian acquisition workforce personnel received career counseling and advice at the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) booth at the 2011 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition Oct. 10-12 in Washington, D.C.  Career counselors answered questions covering a wide spectrum of topics, from entering the acquisition workforce to improving the chances of commanding. “We are covering the gambit,” said LTC David Hosna, Chief, Acquisition Management Branch and Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky.  “By the end of the expo, we will have personally interviewed around 120 officers, which is phenomenal.” The civilian counselors were also meeting with several workforce members. […]