If you have not heard of active shooter incidents recently, you have been living under a rock. Imagine what 2D floor plans and 3D models can do to assist these situations. Even without intelligent digital assistants, law enforcement can get a better handle on the structure involved with any particular incident. While these digital models are helpful, they are difficult and time consuming to create. This case study is about the evolving scanning, creation, and leverage of visual digital models on a large scale.
Usually, we think of scanning on a small scale in and around smaller sized products. Imagine a much larger scale like all the K-12 schools in the US? According to scanning professionals, to map just the K-12 schools in the U.S., it would take a scanning team, scanning 100,000 square feet per day, seven days a week, a total of 188 years to complete. This estimate addresses only the public schools and does not address any of the many private schools, let alone the post-secondary school facilities.
Robert W. Meyers J.D. from the Entropy Group LLC says ““Active shooter incidents are a growing concerns in the United States, with death tolls, most predominantly in schools, rapidly rising and law enforcement resources stretched beyond breaking point. With the unpredictability of these incidents, both in scale and location, the team at Entropy Group LLC has been working alongside law enforcement and the US attorneys nationwide in order to compress response times, by utilizing 2D floor plans and 3D models.
When confronted with the magnitude of the effort it was immediately obvious to Entropy Group that we needed to join forces with 3D mobile mapping and monitoring technology specialists, GeoSLAM because their ZEB REVO line of scanners provide the necessary accuracy and are much more time-efficient than other laser scanner technologies. To finalize the proof of the efficacy of the patent filing, Entropy Group LLC recently completed a simulated active shooter incident where six law enforcement officers were tested by responding to a fictitious scenario. Officers were provided a detailed floorplan of the two-building which is currently used as a church and parochial school facility. The structure is quite complex with many classrooms, counseling rooms, worship sanctuary, multi-media studios, café area, and church offices.
The results of the exercise indicate that officers which have access to the 2D floor plans ahead of time, improve their situational awareness, their confidence in responding to a facility that they have never been to previously, by gaining “facility familiarity” thorough review of floor plans and other data prior to their response. Additionally, response times were documented to decrease by up to 21%. This improvement in response will directly result in fewer deaths and casualties. GeoSlam claims to deliver at least a 10X time reduction in the scanning process.
The ability to scan large spaces and facilities effectively and efficiently will start to deliver more successful digital implementations including city planning, real estate inventory and another large scale geo problems.
Entropy Group LLC
Entropy Group LLC is a full-service Forensics and Security Consultancy firm providing services for Executive Protection, Accident Reconstruction, Security Threat Assessments, Building Information Modelling, Security Design Reviews, Security Program Reviews / Audits, Litigation Support, Pre-Travel Security Front Team Assessments, and Access Control Assessments.
Designed for surveyors, engineers and geospatial professionals, and serving the surveying, engineering, mining, forestry, facilities, and asset management sectors, GeoSLAM technology is used globally by anyone needing to create the digital twin of their world, quickly and accurately. GeoSLAM provides geospatial hardware and software solutions provide rapid and easy mapping and highly-accurate monitoring solutions.