In today's public security and emergency management environment, no force responds alone. Whether the response requires local responders or international forces, joint and multi-agency response requires organizations to effectively share information, collaborate, and interoperate. Multi-agency collaboration has long been challenged by the ability to engage all players to plan, test, and train together. Traditionally, table-top and live exercises have been used to train responders. However, live exercises require significant cost and time commitments and generally focus on a single hazard, while table top exercises lack realism resulting in less effective participation.
To address these issues, CAE's Integrated Enterprise Solutions group has developed CAE C2-Sim, a distributable, dynamic simulation environment for multi-agency planning, analysis, and training. CAE C2-Sim provides command-level views of all-agency, all-hazard response operations.
Planning, testing, and analysis
The CAE C2-Sim environment integrates geographic information system (GIS) data, computer generated forces (CGF), and hazard scenarios to create a robust constructive simulation environment for planning, testing, and analysis. CAE C2-Sim uses scientifically validated models to simulate natural disasters, such as flood, fire, earthquake or wind, and human-made threats, such as chemical releases, biological agents, radiological sources, nuclear releases, and explosives.
Organizations are modelled within the CAE C2-Sim environment and entities attributed behaviours set out by their emergency response plans. Through an organizational analysis framework, our team documents the relationships between organizations, their jurisdictions, how they share information, and their internal business processes. These relationships, along with their response plans, are then modelled within the CAE C2-Sim environment and are used to provide a baseline for comparative analysis of planned and alternative strategies. The iterative nature of simulation allows planners to test alternative plans, conduct trade-off studies, and validate new plans prior to operations.
CAE C2-Sim can be linked to operational systems to allow command personnel to train using the systems in which they operate. Entities and events are stimulated within the simulation environment in real-time and fed into the operational system providing realistic scenarios for training. The 2D and 3D visualizations provide situational awareness as the scenario unfolds.