Civionics awarded DHS Phase I SBIR

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Upon arriving at an incident site in the wake of a terrorist attack or a natural disaster, emergency first responders are tasked with ensuring the structural stability of partially collapsed buildings. At present, all that is available to these professionals are rudimentary instruments such as sticks of chalk, plumb-bobs, and transits. Making matters worse is that these methods typically require that personnel be within the damaged structure to continuously assess its stability.

Civionics LLC has teamed with Weidlinger Associates to incorporate structural health analysis capabilities into it Constellation Nodes for the purpose of quantitatively assessing pending collapse in structures impacted by a fire, a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, or another building-related catastrophe. The approach employed mirrors that of our commercially-ready systems: modular wireless sensing hardware nodes with embedded structural analysis and risk assessment algorithms autonomously executed by the deployed wireless sensors; data transmission to the cloud (or directly to the first responders), and an intuitive mobile interface for displaying information. In whole, the proposed system will reliably provide actionable collapse information to first responders in real-time, while leveraging a lightweight, modular, and unobtrusive design strategy to make the system easy to deploy in even the harshest rescue and recovery environments.

Once the this technology has been proven, Civionics intends to make this capability available as a configurable option for all customers.