ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 7, 2020) — Army Futures Command (AFC) is providing software that will assist Army medical units with their hospitals’ power needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Developed by AFC’s Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), the Auto Distribution Illumination System Electrical (AutoDISE) software package helps units to assess, plan and implement power infrastructure in support of a variety of tactical facilities and missions.
The 1st Medical Brigade called upon CCDC and Project Manager Expeditionary Energy and Sustainment Systems for their expertise in preparing power grids for field hospitals. The AutoDISE program creates 3D models of hospitals to enable a virtual walkthrough that includes visibility of all components and equipment.
“Our goal is to assist the brigade with a resource to optimize power efficiency; power distribution; water system performance; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning performance,” said Noel Pleta, AutoDISE lead for the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center. “AutoDISE will help Soldiers who are charged with setting up and maintaining the field hospitals with improving power reliability and ultimately ensuring critical equipment has the power it needs to treat patients and save lives.”
Although Army hospitals are designed as expeditionary facilities to serve as trauma centers, they can also function as full-service hospital centers with operating rooms, an emergency department, X-ray facilities, pharmacy and hold up to 240 beds. The C5ISR Center’s Power Division is also developing a tool box for the hospital center consisting of the five hospital augmentation detachments. They include surgical and medical detachments, intermediate care wards, field hospitals and administrative offices.
In an effort to reduce the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the nation, the Army is providing medical support and hospital capacity to help states and other national agencies. The 9th Hospital Center from Fort Hood, Texas, and 627th Hospital Center from Fort Carson, Colorado, have deployed to New York City’s Javits Center and Seattle.
“We stand ready to support the people of the United States in their time of need,” said Col. Robert Howe, 1st Medical Brigade commander, in a Fort Hood Press Center news release. “Our Soldiers are eager to provide medical service and support to our fellow citizens and alleviate some of the burden on our tremendous civilian healthcare system.”
The C5ISR Center developed AutoDISE in support of PM E2S2 in 2000; today, it is used by approximately 2,600 Department of Defense service members around the world.
“Our technical experts are set to deliver improved capabilities in support of our Soldiers working on this vital, life-saving mission. I could not be more proud of the whole team,” said Beth Ferry, C5ISR Center Power Division chief.
For more information, contact the C5ISR Center Public Affairs Office: email@example.com.
*This news release contains information from the 1st Medical Brigade public affairs office and Fort Hood Press Center.
The C5ISR Center is the Army’s applied research and advanced technology development center for C5ISR capabilities. As the Army’s primary integrator of C5ISR technologies and systems, the center develops and matures capabilities that support all six Army modernization priorities, enabling information dominance and tactical overmatch for the joint warfighter.
The C5ISR Center is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. Through collaboration across the command’s core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our nation’s wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.
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