Projects & Products

Genwest’s corporate experience spans 35 years and a wide range of clients; from the energy industry to Federal, State, local and Tribal agencies and organizations. These projects vary from workshop facilitation to oceanographic modeling, and from financial database development to curriculum development. Below is a sampling of highlighted projects demonstrating different elements of our expertise.

Worldwide Response Resource List (WRRL)

The Worldwide Response Resource List (WRRL) is a free web-based database created by the USCG and response contractors that stores information on various types of oil spill response equipment. The WRRL is hosted by Genwest Systems, and run by a Steering Committee comprised of Federal & State regulators, as well as representatives from OSRO, Industry, and Response Organizations who work together to ensure the WRRL remains a free and useful tool available to the response community.


MDMAP homepage display

MDMAP – Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project

The MDMAP is an online database developed to capture, validate, and visualize the results of the Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project. The Genwest team worked with our clients in the NOAA Marine Debris Program to scope, design, develop, and launch this online system in an accelerated agile development timeline based on the rapid spin-up of field marine debris monitoring following the 2011 Tohoku tsunami that struck Japan and introduced over 1.5 million tons of debris to the Pacific Ocean. Genwest staff have continued to support and improve the database based on client direction and needs, increasing functionality and addressing security concerns over time.

Link to MD-MAP

Oil Spill Planning Standard Development

Working under contracts with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Genwest reviewed existing oil spill response planning standards and developed new recommended standards and supporting tools. These tools included the Estimated Recovery System Potential (ERSP) Calculator for advancing skimming systems, the EBSP Calculator for in-situ Burning systems, and the EDSP Calculator for Dispersant mission planning.

ERSP Calculator & User Guide
EBSP Calculator & User Guide
EDSP Calculator & User Guide
ReSET Calculator & User Guide
Final Report on Planning Standard Study
DMP2 to EDSP Calculator Comparison


Photo Credit NOAA

ICS Training

Working with Federal, State agencies and industry representatives, Genwest staff played a critical role in the original adaptation of the Incident Command System (ICS) for oil spill response. The resulting familiarity and expertise has enabled Genwest personnel to develop customized ICS training materials (such as the Genwest ICS Manual) and courses that now enjoy an outstanding reputation within the oil spill response community. Genwest’s ICS training is clear, concise, and focused on enabling long-term retention through valuable reference resources.

Sample Genwest ICS Manual Pages – (Download)
This manual is designed for use by oil spill responders who are trained in ICS but for whom response is a collateral duty

ERMA – Environmental Response Management Application

Genwest provided support in the development and deployment of NOAA’s Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA), an open source mapping application which was designated by the US Coast Guard as the vehicle to provide the Common Operational Picture (COP) for the Deepwater Horizon and other incident responses. Since its deployment in 2010, Genwest staff have continued to maintain and update ERMA, as well as provide training in its use.

Link to NOAA ERMA site


Arctic ERMA display


NRAD homepage display

NOAA Response Asset Directory (NRAD)

Under contract with the NOAA Disaster Response Center (DRC) Genwest designed, developed and launched the NOAA Response Asset Directory. NRAD is a web based directory of NOAA assets, which may be impacted by a natural disaster or may be used during emergency response and recovery activities.

Link to NRAD

Marine Debris Response Planning – NOAA

Natural disasters such as tropical storms, hurricanes, tsunamis, or floods can create significant amounts of marine debris. This debris is highly varied in location, type, composition, and jurisdiction. In support of the NOAA Marine Debris Program, Genwest staff have led the development and roll-out of Regional Emergency Response Guides in the Southeastern United States, with the goal to improve preparedness for, response to, and recovery from these acute marine debris incidents. The Genwest team worked with NOAA staff to scope the goals and design a process to integrate input from stakeholders at the Federal, State and local levels through interviews, surveys, workshops, and structured document review.

Link to Marine Debris Emergency Response Guides site


Photo credit to NOAA

GNOME Modeling

The General NOAA Operational Modeling Environment (GNOME™), originally developed by a NOAA group led by Dr. Jerry Galt, now a member of the Genwest team, can be used to:

  1. Predict how wind, currents, and other processes might move spilled oil on the surface of the water;
  2. Learn how predicted trajectories are affected by the “uncertainty” of environmental factors; and
  3. See how spilled oil is predicted to change chemically and physically (“weather”) during the time that it remains on the water surface.

The Genwest team continues to work with the NOAA staff to refine and improve GNOME’s capabilities.

NOAA GNOME webpage
Aleutian Disabled Ship Drift Study


Animation of GNOME output, used to support a recent oil spill exercise

Response Options Calculator (ROC)

With funding from the US Department of the Interior, Shell Oil and the American Petroleum Institute, and input from NOAA, USCG and industry personnel, Genwest developed the ROC as a stand-alone web-browser-based tool for oil spill responders and planners. The ROC provides performance estimates of oil spill response systems for the three major oil spill countermeasures – mechanical recovery using skimmers, dispersant application, and in-situ burning. ROC incorporates dynamic oil weathering algorithms that provide time-dependent oil concentrations and oil conditions to be addressed by the assigned response systems.

 

The Genwest ROC application was designed and built to run within the Adobe Flash environment which is no longer available or supported by Adobe and they have actively recommended uninstalling the Flash Player from all PCs.

 

With this decision from Adobe, our ROC application no longer functions.  However, much of the same functionality from the ROC is available and enhanced within the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) WebGNOME environment which is available in a beta-test format at  https://gnome.orr.noaa.gov/index.html#roc with support provided by the NOAA WebGNOME team.

 

We recommend contacting the NOAA Office of Response & Restoration (OR&R) WebGNOME team with any questions via the GNOME site:

 

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