Buckeye, initially developed in 2004, is a digital imaging system installed on aircraft to capture high-resolution, high-accuracy elevation and image data. This data supports improved battlefield visualization, line-of-sight analysis and urban warfare planning for U.S. Central Command. The 3D imagery collected by Buckeye is unclassified and is available to troops who may not have the necessary security clearances, providing them with access to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information they previously had to go without.
In 2007, Woolpert was provided samples of Buckeye data to support production of image products through existing Army Corps of Engineers contracts. However, Woolpert’s assessment of the samples identified several issues that we felt could be overcome with assistance. Woolpert approached AGC leadership with the findings and worked with the Buckeye project manager to develop a third-party evaluation and assessment strategy for the existing Buckeye program.
The existing challenges that AGC faces within the Buckeye program include:
• Collecting and processing data within a quick timeframe
• Dispersing mission-critical data quickly and to the correct people
• Identifying ways to leverage data beyond traditional image map and terrain products
• Developing a program that can evolve and grow with technology advancements
• Ensuring the program can stand up and operate in other locations around the world
The project involves three phases: a technical assessment, development of recommendations for improvement and implementation of approved solutions. The technical assessment of Buckeye includes evaluating systems design and implementation; evaluating end-use requirements of the systems and capacity for the implemented system to meet those requirements; documenting the existing Tasking, Collection, Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (TCPED) process; and identifying bottlenecks in the TCPED process and prioritizing them based on mission impact.
From high-speed processing of collected datasets through delivery and dissemination of products to the warfighter, Woolpert’s goal is to provide AGC with solutions for Buckeye that will make it a leaner, faster and more accessible program to the troops in the field who have grown to rely on it.