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Under Keel Clearance Management in Support ofPrecision Navigation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: 1305M218CNRMW0033
Agency Tracking Number: 18-1-022
Amount: $119,992.14
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.8
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2018-1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-16
Small Business Information
2500 Almeda Avenue Suite 214
Norfolk, VA 23512
United States
DUNS: 153996848
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Edward Weaver
 Principal Systems Engineer
 (757) 858-6000
Business Contact
 Bradley Golden
Title: CEO
Phone: (757) 858-6000
Research Institution

WR’s approach involves design of a modular, S-129 compliant Under Keel Clearance - Risk Management System (UKC-RMS). This will allow for the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), ECS, PPUs, and other situational awareness applications to have S-129 Exchange Sets developed for a planned route.In WR’s design, a system such as an ECDIS generates an S40X Route Plan and transfers this over the network to the UKC-RMS. The UKC-RMS will then use this information, as well as information from other products such as S-98, S-101, S-102, S-104, S-111, and S-412, in an analysis to determine the safest route for the vessel in depth constrained areas. The output of the analysis will be used to generate the S-129 dataset.The primary innovation is the use of the Lua programming language as the technology in the transformation engine. Lua is a powerful, fast scripting language often used in the gaming sector due to its light weight and high-performance characteristics.The transformation engine will allow for the system to support the underlining S-100 products required for the generation of an S-129 Exchange Set and provide a secondary functionality that will allow the dataset to be verified to the S-100 specification.SUMMARY OF ANTICIPATED RESULTS:
In Phase 1, the following will have been achieved:
• A functional S-129 Exchange Set
• An architecture for an Under Keel Clearance Risk Management system consisting of the
o S-129 Transformation Model
o UKC Analysis Model
The Phase I efforts will provide the necessary models and standards to design a prototype UKC-RMS application in Phase II. The prototype UKC-RMS service application will be developed to generate and distribute an S-129 Exchange Set upon receipt of an S40X Route Plan.

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