The INACHUS methodology will be user-centric, involving end-users as much and as often as possible. End-users (FRs and USaR teams) will be regularly consulted to collect insights, needs and remarks. Based on these requirements, the INACHUS project will carefully design, implement and evaluate, with end-users, a seamlessly integrated a platform which provides the appropriate tools to enable FRs and USaR crews to respond to varied abnormal events, not limited to a specific emergency case or crisis event.

Reflecting the nature of the work, the INACHUS is organized in 12 Work Packages (WPs) each with a set of deliverables and milestones. The WPs follow the logical phases of the implementation of the project, and include consortium management and assessment of progress and results. The WPs have been identified with appropriate leaders and contributors reflecting the skillsets of the consortium. Each WP requires scientific collaboration between the participating partners and integration of their methods. The management WP will ensure the connections between the different WPs and will be responsible of controlling the overall project.

Methodology & Workplan

Scenarios Definition,
User/System Requirements

WP1

Lead: CBV, Main Contributors: SBFF, EPLFM, BYTE

The WP aims to set the foundation for the entire project. Within this WP the end-user of the INACHUS platform is the starting point for defining the user requirements, followed by the system requirements.

WP2

Lead: TELINT, Main Contributors: EXO, TEK, BYTE

 

The purpose of this WP is to determine the INACHUS system framework based on the requirements/needs and scenarios stemming from WP1, the regulatory frameworks and standards, and the societal and ethical aspects determined within the context of WP11.

Framework Design & Inter-operability Issues

Simulation Tool for Structural Damage Analysis & Casualty Estimation

WP3

Lead: EMI, Main Contributors: ASI, ScPl, LUAS

 

This WP will provide 3D calculation and visualisations (in relation with WP6 tool) of urban disaster areas on two scales. Considering entire city quarters a simulation tool for urban planning (VITRUV) will be adapted to provide digital maps with immediate assessment of overall building damage, connected with typical use. This will help USaR teams to find hot spots of highest damage and potentially trapped victims and rescue paths to them before entering the area.

WP4 

Lead: ONERA, Main Contributors: ITC, FOI, ICCS

 

This WP deals with the development of specific tools to survey wide areas and derive airborne oblique remote sensing data coming from innovative 3D laser imaging and images. This WP will provide automatically rich 3D digital surface models (DSM) and detailed texture that will be used in a semantic data analysis to derive the probability map of survival space and the map of rescue paths.

Wide-Area Surveillance Tools for monitoring of Collapsed buildings 

Victim Localisation Solutions

WP5

Lead: FOI, Main Contributors: CINSIDE, SINTEF, ICCS

 

The WP focuses on perhaps the most crucial part of the project proposal which is to efficiently and reliably detect and localise trapped victims under rubble. The approach is to develop three functionalities that aim to:

  1. Prioritise search areas given the likelihood map of survivor spaces,

  2. Detect the presence of living victim(s) 

  3. Provide its/their precise location in the rubble.

WP6

Lead: EXO, Main Contributors: TELINT, DIGINEXT
 

This WP deals with the development of the INACHUS command center that will be necessary to prepare and support the in situ operations at both operational and strategic levels.

INACHUS Emergency Support System (SAR-ESS)

Secure Communications& Positioning Issues

WP7

Lead: ICCS, Main Contributors: TEK

 

The goal is the development of communication components for the cooperative, interoperable and seamless communication between the different modules of the system. This will include Personal Area Networks, Wireless Networks, Cellular/Satellite and any other proprietary connectivity.

WP8

Lead: TEK, Main Contributors: DXT, EXO, SINTEF, FOI, ONERA, ITC, EMI, ICCS

This work-package will follow the WP1 and WP2 in terms of designing the system and setting up the INACHUS Framework of technology and operations.

System Integration

Piloting Activities- System Validation

WP9

Lead: EPLFM, Main Contributors: TCABBITF, CBV, SBFF, ONERA, associate partners-end users

The objective of this WP is to test INACHUS in real conditions.

WP10

Lead: EPLFM, Main Contributors: EXO, ITC, ICCS, M2G, associate partners: large-scale integrator

The main activities of this WP include

(i) the creation of a comprehensive training package to facilitate the uptake of a complex INACHUS system both a policy and decision maker level, as well as by USaR personnel regularly operating in emergency arenas,

(ii) the presentation and dissemination of results

 (iii) support to synergies with related project 

(iv) Preparation of International Scientific and Technological publications,

and (v) Participation to scientific and technical meetings and analysis and preparation of commercial exploitation.

Dissemination, Exploitation and Training Activities

Evaluation & Consideration of Societal Impacts, Legal/Ethical Issues & Standards-Guidelines

WP11

Lead: TELINT, Main Contributors: EXO, TEK, BYTE

 

The goal of this Work-Package will be to develop conditions for the issue of pre-normative standards, aiming at facilitating interoperability of secure technologies in the field of search and rescue, by developing models which use modern technologies and harmonized processes. The objective of the ethical and societal consideration is to promote justice and acceptability of the INACHUS solution.

WP12

Lead: ICCS, Main Contributors: All partners

 

The goal of this WP is to run an effective managerial scheme, build-up/coordinate and support internal information, communication.

Project Management, Quality Assurance and Reporting