First Responder Immersive Training Environment (FRITSE): Development of a Games-Based Simulator for CBRN First Responder Training
3DInternet Inc Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear and Explosives CBRNE pose a real threat to Canadians and indeed to North Americans. The events of September 11th, 2001 prove that we are not immune to terrorist attacks, and that our lives and psychological wellbeing can be destroyed in an instant when one of these attacks is executed on Canadian andor North American soil. The Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear and Explosives Research and Technology Initiative CRTI has been conceived to make Canada much more prepared for these types of attacks so that prevention as well as response measures can be taken to reduce the damage that will inevitably be sustained. This initiative calls for the development of realistic training to prepare first responders for such situations so that they can respond promptly, correctly and effectively. 3DInternet in collaboration with its various partners, have developed a highly realistic synthetic environment SE, using leading edge game development techniques. This multi-user response training tool is both challenging and engaging to the end users which consist of first responders, emergency managers and incident commanders. Using Geographic Information Systems GIS data, a quadrant of downtown Calgary has been modeled in detail so that users can navigate this section during a hazardous train derailment scenario with secondary van explosion. Using the plume evolution data provided by one of our project partners Dr. Fue-Sang Lien Waterloo CFD Consulting Inc. or WATCFD and obtained using physics-based models for plume dispersion in a built-up environment, virtual hazardous agents within the SE evolve realistically through the buildings making up the Calgary city core. The realistic time and spatial developmentof the hazardous plume in the complex urban environment allow first responders and emergency managers to be trained within the SE to correctly respond to and manage these types of hazards.