Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

By Megan Holland A USACE Emergency Operations worker uses the MICA application to capture levee data. (Photo courtesy of USACE.) 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 […]

SPIDERS to Weave Web of Cyber, Energy Security

SPIDERS to Weave Web of Cyber, Energy Security

By Dana Finney Microgrids use a combination of technologies to produce electricity and allow facilities to be “islanded” from the central grid. This microgrid serves the NTT power company’s facility in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons, 2006 and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) 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 […]

New Analytic Tool Supports Master Planning for Net Zero Installations

New Analytic Tool Supports Master Planning for Net Zero Installations

By Dana Finney Master planners and energy managers can study select buildings’ energy loads using the Net Zero Energy Tool. Here, Vince Guthrie (from left), Fort Carson, CO Utilities Program Manager, Cambrey Torres, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Engineer, and Hal Alguire, Director of Public Works, discuss the LEED features of Fort Carson’s Wilderness Road Complex. (U.S. Army photo by Susan C. Galentine, Fort Carson.) 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, […]

AQUA PATH: Safe Water for Soldiers and Civilians

AQUA PATH: Safe Water for Soldiers and Civilians

By Dr. Clint Smith ERDC Research Biologist Dr. Clint Smith prepares the first six prototypes of AQUA PATH wireless geospatial networked biosensors for field testing and evaluation at Belmont Bay of the Potomac River in Woodbridge, VA in the summer of 2008. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) 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 […]

Tracking Data Through the Storm

Tracking Data Through the Storm

By Dr. Jesse McNinch and Kerry Larsen Researchers test the Coastal LIDAR and Radar Imaging System tracked vehicle at the ERDC Field Research Facility in Duck, NC. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) 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 […]

Army Engineer Association Honors Two Geospatial Center Professionals

Army Engineer Association Honors Two Geospatial Center Professionals

Daniel Visone and Mike Hardaway recently received the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal from the Army Engineer Association (AEA) in recognition of their superior leadership, selfless service, and career contributions to the U.S. Army, Army Geospatial Center (AGC), and the geospatial community. Ric Herrmann (left), Deputy Director of AGC, presents Daniel Visone, Chief of the AGC’s Geospatial Acquisition Support Directorate, with the AEA’s Bronze de Fleury Medal. Visone is Chief of the AGC’s Geospatial Acquisition Support Directorate and is responsible for the synchronization of Geospatial Enterprise policies, priorities, programs, production requirements, strategies, and technologies across the Army Acquisition community.  His directorate also ensures the efficient integration of geospatial […]

New App to Spotlight Army Exhibits, Forums at AUSA

New App to Spotlight Army Exhibits, Forums at AUSA

By Gary Sheftick, Army News Service A new application for smartphones allows Soldiers worldwide to visit Army exhibits and watch presentations taking place at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting at the Washington (DC) Convention Center Oct. 10-12. The Army Exhibit Mobile App helps visitors find what they’re looking for at AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, and allow those who can’t be there to take a virtual tour. The app also allows users to watch Secretary of the Army John McHugh, U.S. Army Chief of Staff GEN Raymond T. Odierno, and other senior leaders discuss leading-edge issues facing the Army, such as advancing the network, cyber […]

S&T Notebook: Exploring Partnerships with Israel

S&T Notebook: Exploring Partnerships with Israel

By Dr. Scott Fish With this article, Access AL&T is introducing a regular column by Dr. Scott Fish, Army Chief Scientist, on activities in the Army science and technology (S&T) community and their potential impact on Army acquisition programs. Earlier this month, I accompanied the Army Acquisition Executive (AAE), Ms. Heidi Shyu, on a visit to Israel, where we met with senior Israeli military officials. We received briefings on the country’s defense products and technologies that have potential application and significant interest to the U.S. Army and its acquisition programs. Among our stops was the Merkava Tank Program Management Office (MANTAK), where the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) manufactures both the Merkava […]

Geospatial Center Launches New Version of Common Map Background

Geospatial Center Launches New Version of Common Map Background

The U.S. Army Geospatial Center (AGC) has launched a faster, feature-rich version of Common Map Background (CMB) Online. CMB Online is a geospatial data discovery and ordering program that allows customers to search, download, and order geospatial data using a simple, Web-based “shopping cart” interface. A Common Access Card is required to access the data from the AGC’s public key interface web site at https://agcwfs.agc.army.mil/CMB_Online/default.aspx. “The latest version of CMB Online performs faster than the previous iteration and offers several new features to users, including additional easy-to-change map bases, a scale display, and a coordinate display via latitude/longitude decimal degrees and/or Military Grid Reference System,” said Bob Molnar, AGC Information […]

Army Chief Scientist to Make Regular Contributions to USAASC Publications

Army Chief Scientist to Make Regular Contributions to USAASC Publications

Dr. Scott Fish was named the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Army last October. He previously served as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas at Austin. As Chief Scientist, he is submitting regular contributions to Army AL&T Magazine and Access AL&T. This is his introductory submission. Hello members of the acquisition, logistics, and technology (AL&T) community. My name is Dr. Scott Fish, and I have the great honor of serving as the Chief Scientist of the Army. In this role, I provide assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Army mission for our Senior Leaders. This can include […]