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June 26, 2006

GCS Research is pleased to announce that it has joined the National Visualization and Analytics Center (NVAC™) Consortium at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA.  As a member of NVAC, GCS Research will expand its current efforts in national security research and program development in collaboration with the other consortium members and in coordination with PNNL. 

The U.S. Government faces a critical challenge in identifying and preventing attacks on U.S. soil. The National Visualization and Analytics Center is a national and international resource providing strategic leadership and coordination for visual analytics technology and tools. NVAC supports the Department of Homeland Security's mission to secure our homeland and protect the American people by giving analysts and emergency responders technology and capabilities to achieve the following objectives:

  • Detect, prevent, and reduce the threat of terrorist attacks
  • Identify and assess threats and vulnerabilities to our homeland
  • Recover and minimize damage from terrorist attacks, should they occur.

"We are extremely excited to have joined NVAC.  Given our existing customers and projects, it makes a lot of sense to collaborate with NVAC members,"  states Dr. Alex Philp, President of GCS Research.  "GCS Research wants to push the envelop on national and homeland security solutions, and we see NVAC as key to achieving our objectives."

To learn more about the NVAC Consortium, please visit:

About GCS Research:

GCS Research is a geospatial information technology company providing a range of integrated products and services. We specialize in distributed geospatial communication systems, standardizing on Web services and interoperable applications delivered through enterprise Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs).  GCS Research focuses upon smart applications at the data and human interface level, delivering award winning solutions for a range of customers seeking to overcome traditional barriers to workflow and geospatial intelligence.  GCS Research makes spatial information smarter, helping our customers achieve their next-generation requirements. 

About PNNL:

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, an Office of Science laboratory within the U.S. Department of Energy, are advancing the frontiers of scientific knowledge and rapidly translating their discoveries into innovative technologies. State-of-the-art facilities combined with innovation and creativity help Pacific Northwest's scientists and engineers resolve critical challenges in energy, the environment, and national security for government and industry clients. Pacific Northwest also strives to move scientific gains from the laboratory to the marketplace through various programs and partnerships.

June 26, 2006
Press Release: GCS Research and ESRI Collaborate on Biological and Chemical Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Exercise in Montana.

Disaster Preparedness Excercise Uses GIS


Unfortunately, disasters happen. They can be limited in scope or reach catastrophic proportions. They can hit rural, isolated areas as well as sweep through multiple jurisdictions, affecting lives, property, and the environment. To prepare for these events, communities hold emergency preparedness exercises. An emergency preparedness exercise is a simulation of an event, or series of events, designed to test emergency response systems.

Communications, technology, existing resources, knowledge, and skills are tested to see if the systems work. Hopefully, the systems will work flawlessly, but sometimes investments need to be made for improvements. In the end, an exercise gives valuable information that can be used to enhance emergency services.

Being prepared to respond to and recover from emergencies is a big responsibility and a continual challenge. Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) did just that when it participated in a four-day statewide disaster preparedness exercise known as Operation Last Chance One last year.

To read the full article, please download the PDF.