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Evans Incorporated Takes Organizations to New Heights with Launch of PropelUAS

The award-winning Human-Centered Solutions consulting firm’s innovative new division forges the future of UAS program implementation, launches at ALEA 2017

FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA – July 26, 2017Evans Incorporated (Evans) announces today that it has launched a new division, PropelUAS, which is changing the game and forging the future of UAS Program implementation process and technology. PropelUAS’ team of unmanned systems, air traffic control, aviation training, human factors, airports, and aviation strategy experts form an innovative, full-spectrum experience, from ‘Idea’ to ‘Operations’ (IDEA-OPS™). This gives organizations the capability to navigate often complex and overwhelming regulatory channels with a ‘what’s allowed where, what’s not, and where exceptions can be made,’ to its ‘been there, done that’ approach. Continue reading

Evans Incorporated Expands Aviation Footprint with Additional Key Contract Win

The award-winning Human-Centered Solutions consulting firm awarded a contract for Capital Investment Analysis Support (CIAS) with the U.S. DOT and the Volpe Center

FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA – July 20, 2017Evans Incorporated (Evans) announces today that it has been awarded a contract for Capital Investment Analysis Support (CIAS) services to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), located in Cambridge, MA. This news follows Evans’ recent $42 million contract award also with the Volpe Center, the largest in its history, and continues to underscore Evans’ demonstrated value proposition in the Aviation space, as well as its position as a strategic leader in leveraging emerging technology to drive top value, ROI, and success across the board. Continue reading

Evans Incorporated Attending Impactful Healthcare Events

By Kara Argus

Always eager to stay connected to the healthcare community, Evans Incorporated will be attending impactful events this month to keep our finger on the pulse of timely industry developments. Next week Evans healthcare leaders Denise Braun and Kara Argus will be participating in lively panel discussions and group breakouts at two events sponsored and led by healthcare experts in the DMV area. Continue reading

Evans Incorporated Receives Double-Industry Elite Recognitions

The Award-Winning Human-Centered Solutions Consulting Firm Selected for 2017 SECAF’s Advocate of the Year Award and named a Winner of the 2017 NVCC Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award

FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA– June 20, 2017Evans Incorporated (Evans), the leading provider of Human-Centered organizational, process, technology, and operational consulting solutions announces today that it has received dual industry recognitions from elite programs at the local and industry level. Evans’ CEO, Sue Evans, was selected for the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum’s (SECAF) 2017 Advocate of the Year Award and the company as a whole was named a winner of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s (NVCC) Outstanding Corporate Citizens of the Year Award-Small Business for 2016. Both recognitions underscore Evans’ continued thought leadership and commitment to its mission to support and give back to the local community. Continue reading

Evans Incorporated to Host CMS Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Webinar

Evans to educate Medicare and Medicaid Providers on the CMS revised requirements for emergency preparedness in the session set for June 27, 2017

FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA – June 20, 2017Evans Incorporated, the leading provider of Human-Centered organizational, process, technology and operational consulting solutions focused on fail-safe solutions in healthcare and aviation announces today that it is hosting an Emergency Preparedness Webinar on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 12-1 PM ET to discuss the procedural and regulatory challenges related to healthcare emergency preparedness. Continue reading

Emergency Preparedness from the Emergency Responder Perspective

Interview with Charles Calimer

Lt. Charles Calimer has nearly 40 years of experience responding to emergencies in his hometown of Galloway, New Jersey. We spoke with Lt. Calimer to gain perspective from the emergency response side on how healthcare facilities can better manage and develop their emergency preparedness programs. Continue reading

UAS Usage in Western Wildfire Firefighting Operations

As we find ourselves nearing the peak summertime travel season, May 4th is proclaimed International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD). It was instituted after a proposal was sent out across the world on January 4, 1999 due to the deaths of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a wildfire at Linton in Victoria, Australia.

People and families will be travelling across the country visiting National Parks and public lands. As wonderful as this time of year is, the western lands of our country often become dry from lack of rain.  The dry conditions expose many of our National Parks to a significant threat of fires started by both Mother Nature and humans. These fires can be so unpredictable, it becomes to nearly impossible to make predictions as to direction, and speed they may take. Firefighters battling these wildfires must make quick decisions despite considerable uncertainty in situations where inaccurate information can lead to more environmental damage and a loss of life and property.

Above, Generated View of the Olympic National Park, Paradise Fire with Unmanned aerial vehicle position, courtesy of  The National Park System

The conditions these wildfires produce make it nearly impossible to obtain real-time mapping and awareness, especially at night when it’s too dangerous to fly manned aircraft over the area. Airborne support aircraft are limited to daylight hours; thus reduces ground personnel’s vital real time information on what is happening with the burn at night. Real time airborne information may include Hotspot location, actual and predicted movement, fire intensity and projected firefighter insertion points. During a wildfire, The Federal Aviation Administration designates the area above and around the wildfire as Temporary Flight Restricted (TFR) airspace and all flight activity is limited to only authorized piloted and unmanned craft. Piloted firefighting aircraft are often deployed to look for hotspots, deliver water drops to those areas, and deliver needed supplies to ground crews.

Due to cost, many agencies cannot afford tactical air support and they must rely on other resources to get a view of the fire and its impact. This is where UAS comes into play; UAS operations can provide a complete aerial map of the wildfire, using infrared technology in real time without putting firefighting personnel or manned aircraft in danger. This technology can see through smoke, which blocks human line of sight in manned firefighting reconnaissance aircraft.  The data collected from UAS aircraft while flying over a fire can be used to create real-time maps of the fire line, terrain and vegetation. These maps can be sent back to the controlling agency’s fire control and support team, so water and resources can be directed to the area’s most critical land mass to protect and suppress.

UAS use in wildfire operations is a very important tool which can aid firefighters on the ground and show a real time picture to both save lives and protect our natural resources.

Creative Uses of Drones

With technological advances coming nearly every day, drones are being put to new and innovative uses around the world. This article highlights some of the interesting ways Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are being put to work and play.

Quad-Copter Cabs

The city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has announced that a UAV taxi service will begin operating this summer. The Chinese built eHang 184 aircraft are capable of flying one person for about 30 minutes at speeds better than 60mph.The drones were demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017) this past February in Las Vegas and have had more than 100 successful manned test flights. Would-be passengers enter a location of choice inside the fully-autonomous vehicle, pay for the ride, then enjoy a traffic-free commute to their destination.

Amazon Air

Everyone imagined that we’d be able to upgrade our Amazon shipping to “Same Hour” years ago; unfortunately, government regulations are holding back the airborne delivery of household necessities such as the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer. The first actual deliveries by Amazon occurred in Cambridge, England only this past December. The city is supporting the effort by allowing an incremental increase in UAS activity as Civil Aviation Authorities examine such key factors as flying beyond line of sight, avoiding obstacles and monitoring a fleet of drones.

Target delivery times are within 30 minutes of an order being placed; one of the first deliveries was received, from click to drop off, in only 13 minutes.

Spirits are Soaring

Tequila manufacturers and agave farmers are under the constant scrutiny of the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT); this is especially true when products claim to be produced from 100% blue agave. The non-profit employs a fleet of UAVs in an effort to map around 340 million plants and conduct spot-checks on farmers. This operation is vital to the tequila industry because the genetically-similar plants are particularly susceptible to disease. Additionally, the CRT uses these surveys to calculate the maximum amount of blue agave a farm could produce. If the farm produces over that maximum amount, CRT authorities will know lesser species of agave were likely smuggled into the harvest.

Giving Poachers the Pinch

Under grants from the World Wildlife Federation and Google, contractors are providing drones to park rangers in Africa that use thermal imaging cameras to find poachers in the vast lands under their control. The program is still in its infancy and officials are not yet sure how best to leverage the drones capabilities or integrate them with ground forces, but the potential for making a significant impact on the poaching problem is very real.

Raising Racing

The Drone Racing League (DRL) is on the cusp of international success. As they prepare for Season 2 in early June, several key components have fallen into place; most notably, broadcasting contracts with ESPN, Sky Sports (UK) and Prosieben Maxx (Germany). The league is also generating a lot of buzz with favorable articles being published in Time, USA Today, Bloomberg, Vice, NPR and Wired.

The heroes of this new sport do not resemble your stereotypical sponsor-clad race car driver in any way. In a scene reminiscent of a sci-fi movie, pilots dawn First Person View (FPV) goggles, allowing them to virtually sit in the cockpit of the bird-sized racers. Coincidentally, this gives the audience incredible views of the action as the drones zip through indoor and outdoor courses at speeds that can reach 80mph.