Form 9.B Project Summary

Chron: 972268

Proposal Number: 24.02-3223

Project Title: 3D Flood Hazard Effects Visualization using NASA Regional Validation Center Earth Science Image Data

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

Given multiple sources of image and non-image data, e.g. digital terrain elevation data, USGS topographic maps, and satellite images provided by NASA regional validation centers (RVCs), LNK proposes to research the feasibility of dynamic real time simulation and visualization that utilizes these data sources and products. Research objectives include the reconstruction of a sample flood plain using GIS and 3D modeling tools, examination of wavelet algorithms to represent dynamic changes to the terrain surface, evaluation of DoD modeling and simulation systems and standards for applicability to flood hazard modeling, and the evaluation of emergency management planning, hazard warning, response, and mitigation processes to determine the suitability of advanced distributed simulation technologies to support these efforts. LNK has acquired the services of Urban Regional Research, a leading firm in the area of hazard mitigation and urban planning to assist it in evaluating issues specific to the problem domain.

Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

This research will facilitate the development of commercially available simulation and data visualization tools which:

1. Enhance response capabilities to natural disasters and

2. Improve capabilities to mitigate the effects of natural disasters and reduce losses from such events.

In order to maximize response capabilities and minimize losses, simulation and data visualization tools must facilitate rapid decision making in the field, in real time. Simulating interactive effects and hazards will augment existing loss reduction tools. By establishing data links to the RVC infrastructure, it will be possible to develop interfaces to live satellite data feeds that provide earth science data based on real world conditions. No currently available commercial system is now capable of this functionality.

In addition to using its subcontractor, Urban Regional Research, as an advisor on potential clients and customers, LNK has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Maryland Baltimore County, to share data and products pertaining to RVC. LNK has also examined 18 private sector firms which provide products and services in the areas of remote sensing, geographic information systems, 3D terrain modeling, computer image generation, simulation technology, and image processing, for the purpose of establishing strategic partnerships and joint marketing goals.

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

William Riggs

LNK Corporation, Incorporated

6811 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 306

Riverdale , MD 20737

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,


Laveen N. Kanal

LNK Corporation, Incorporated

6811 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 306

Riverdale , MD 20737