Land Management System
The Land Management System (LMS) is an effort of theU.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) EngineeringResearch and Development Center (ERDC) to design,develop, support, and apply an integrated capability formodeling and decision support technologies relevant toDOD (and other agency) management of lands, seas, andairspace. The concept for LMS is derived from extensiveexperience of the USACE laboratories in providingnumerical models and decision support systems to landand water resource managers at military (Tri-Service)installations, and Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works,Districts, and Divisions.
Integrated Computational Framework
The first objective of LMS is to provide an integratedcomputational framework that brings together relevantscience and technology to DOD land managers in a morecomplete and responsive manner. The framework involves focusing, shaping, and integrating existingscience and technology (S&T) investments towardscommon approaches and objectives, and designing anevolutionary and scalable computational environment thataccommodates computer-based technologies emergingfrom these S&T investments.LMS is not a new funding line or program. Rather, itis a strategy to extend the value of existing diverseinvestments across the DOD by identifying clear paths forproduct development, avoiding duplicate investments indelivery systems, and strengthening the teaming betweenscientists and managers. LMS development represents aprocess for accomplishing these objectives, and a productthat delivers iterations of the results of this process tousers ranging from managers to range specialists toresearchers.
Leverage Military and Civil Works Technology
The second objective of the LMS development is tomaximize synergism between military and Army CivilWorks technology initiatives. The USACE researchlaboratories serve decisionmakers at military Tri-Serviceinstallation facilities and Army Civil Works land andwater resources projects. These different usercommunities operate from different appropriations, reportthrough different chains, and serve different nationalneeds. Although specific mission uses differ widelybetween these projects/installations, their specificresource management concerns are remarkably similar.
Improve Delivery of Technology
The third objective of LMS is to improve the timelinessand effectiveness of technology delivery into landmanagement business processes. Investments intechnology have traditionally experienced a time lagbetween problem identification in the user communitiesinfusion of new solutions that effectively address theseproblems. Creating a common computational framework for land management decisionmaking that is applicableacross differing user communities within DOD, willstreamline and focus technology delivery by:• Creating a common, single point-of-entry from whichDOD resource managers can access the key technologiesneeded for land management and decision support;• Developing a set of protocols for model-to-modellinkage, and model-to-data connectivity, so that newtechnology investments in modeling and simulation, basicscience, and information technology will seamlessly meshwith new data collection, assimilation, and managementactivities at the installation level; and,• Establishing a technology base that, by design, willgrow naturally as marketplace technology advancements(such as in GIS, networking, visualization) occur.
Development of the LMS involves five main components:1) develop rules/protocols for interactions between tools,2) catalog computational tools,3) build a web-based integrating framework forcomputer-based land management tools,4) expand and link capabilities of existing tools andsystems, and5) conduct LMS Field Applications.
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Develop Rules/Protocols forInteractions Between Tools