Water Sector Simulations

July 8, 2021 – (Boston and Washington DC, USA; The Hague, Netherlands). Blue Ocean Analytics – Emergency Management for Tomorrow announces the launch of a new solution to strengthen Emergency Preparedness and Response for disaster managers, incident responders, port authorities, maritime logisticians, and resilience across the entire Water Sector.

BOA’s “complex water sector simulation” capabilities are developed, designed, and facilitated by international emergency managers and simulation experts in close collaboration with business-to-business partners.

“BOA’s new water sector simulations are the creative vision of our Majority Owner. She wanted to develop elegant mechanics in an EOC environment with meticulously crafted storylines and vibrant multimedia injects,” says Nick Burk, Co-Director of BOA. “Our interoperable solution can be deployed on a tabletop, on a Smartboard, through LCD panel displays, or remotely through a Zoom meeting. The simulations are intended to support meaningful revisions of Emergency Plans and procedures. They’re highly participatory, and fully integrate with the existing GIS-based Emergency Management platforms used by our partners.”

Launch rich multimedia content directly from BOA’s simulation design board to support injects and facilitated discussion.

BOA’s complex water sector solutions can be developed for any marine environment–the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Asia-Pacific, Indian Ocean…even the Arctic Ocean. The initial prototype is a four-stage Emergency Response that takes place in the Port of Boston, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and Outer Cape Cod in coastal New England USA. The prototype, called “Cape Cod Light” is based on real-world events and follows the journey of a Liquid Natural Gas tanker which becomes the focal point of a sophisticated maritime rescue.

Catalog response resources and deploy them directly into a simulation environment based on your native GIS-based Emergency Management Information System.

Stage 1 involves a distress call and rapid activation of a Unified Command. Stage 2 is the execution of a complex rescue involving both maritime and aviation assets. Stage 3 is a voyage home to Boston, through a Marine Sanctuary that is stressed by climate change and has requires avoiding a ship strike with endangered right whales. Stage 4 represents a “worst case scenario” docking accident with a containment breech that threatens the entire port system, vulnerable coastal communities of color as well as a major international airport.

BOA simulations are often integrate worst case scenario planning to allow for deep discussions with stakeholders, and to support detailed revisions of emergency plans and procedures.

For BOA’s business-to-business partners and simulation designers who want a look “under the hood,” the video below shows our design methodology for Cape Cod Light, our story shapes and plot elements, and the detail we took in crafting our prototype. We thank our transatlantic partners, Goldworthy, Stolk and Associates and the Utrecht Institute for Crisis and Conflict Simulation for the collaboration, synergy and inspiration throughout our design process.

For information on how BOA can support your water sector Emergency Management needs, please e-mail directors@boa-emt.com.