MIND-Methods and Tools for Visualization of Rescue Operations
Visualization of rescue operations and exercises can help responders and managers to learn from experience. Detailed visual models of the response to various emergencies enable them to systematically identify strengths and shortcomings in performance as well as in plans, procedures and equipment. We describe a method and a software tool for capturing the activities of the responding units during a real incident or exercise to create a self-contained visual representation of the operation. This model can then be replayed and analyzed. The software tool provides a flexible and extensible environment that can host models and visualization components for many different types of operations. Because the environment defines a set of plug-in interfaces it is straightforward to add new components to meet arising needs for new types of data and presentation views. We present the essential features of the software and show how we used it in a field trial.