Computer-Supported Visualization of Rescue Operations


Magnus Morin,Johan Jenvald,Mirko Thorstensson


Effective emergency management and response require a thorough understanding of the processes involved in a rescue operation and their interaction. Appropriate methods and tools for computer visualisation of rescue operations can greatly facilitate activities such as command and control, system analysis, training, evaluation, and transfer of lessons learned. We introduce a method for systematic analysis and modelling of a rescue scenario. The models serve as the basis for data collection during the operation. The data collected are visualised in a computer tool with several views that can be customised according to the needs of different users. We demonstrate the method by applying it to a rescue operation where a taskforce trains emergency response to a chemical incident.