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1 Horace XP & Visual Weather
The SWIFT Project: Horace XP & Visual Weather Phil Dominy, Met Office Defence Outcomes Manager Michal Weis, IBL Managing Director EGOWS meeting – 19th June 2007 © Crown copyright SWIFT

2 The efficient production of accurate weather forecasts
Background Our Goal The efficient production of accurate weather forecasts © Crown copyright SWIFT

3 Background To improve accuracy
An increasing variety and quantity of data, such as numerical weather prediction output, satellite and radar imagery, and new observation types will need to be accessed as part of a continuous production cycle. The resolution and sophistication of these data will increase regularly and the forecaster workstation will need to maximise the usefulness of the latest research and development as it becomes available. © Crown copyright SWIFT

4 Background To improve efficiency
The forecaster workstation will enable the forecaster to collate all this information effectively and then produce output that is relevant to the current task. To improve efficiency © Crown copyright SWIFT

5 Background Current constraints:
Data Resolution is limited on Horace and Nimbus Horace (HPUX & Linux) and Nimbus (Windows NT) platforms have reached end-of-life (support, spares etc.) Horace and Nimbus are too inflexible to adopt a wider variety of data easily (e.g. new MSG data) The high cost of development of legacy systems and development of 2 parallel systems © Crown copyright SWIFT

6 Strategy Merge our expertise with others to produce a world class Forecaster Workstation In so doing, share the costs of obtaining a next generation Forecaster Workstation Make use of existing scientific/meteorological components In so doing, save ‘re-inventing the wheel’ Seek also to develop a ‘Lite’ version, based on SOA In so doing, provide a flexible browser-based solution, suitable as a replacement for MOMIDS (Met Office Military Information Display System) and other distributed customers © Crown copyright SWIFT

7 Options In 2005 the Met Office set up a European-wide competition to choose the new forecaster workstation software In April 2006 IBL Software Engineering was selected as the preferred supplier IBL is a software company based in Germany and the Slovak Republic that specialises in meteorological systems © Crown copyright SWIFT

8 Customers & Timescales
Major Met Office customers are refreshing their infrastructures and therefore… require solutions that will operate in a modernised environment. Royal Navy July 2007 – August 2008 Army July 2007 – April 2008 Royal Air Force September 2007 – December 2008 Met Office Operations Centre September 2007 – June 2008 © Crown copyright SWIFT

9 Swift Deployment Timeline
2007 2008 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Swift release to RN ships (02/07/07) Begin Swift release to Met Office Nimbus users (31/07/07) Complete the rollout of Swift (30/06/08) Swift release to FWOC (Royal Navy base) (31/03/08) will include the ballistic messages TDA Release to RN ships on 02/03/07 is actually only a release of IBL’s VW to EDS so they have something to start integration work with. The ballistic messages TDA will not actually be required on 02/03/07. The drop dead date for this application is 03/09/07, but the project is aiming to deliver on 02/07/07. The dates given for deployment are only the start dates of the deployment period. Swift training for all new users is scheduled to be completed by 30/06/08 Begin Swift release to remaining users (Horace) (30/11/07) Begin retiring Horace and Nimbus (30/06/08) will include full TDA suite (including Neon, Monim etc) © Crown copyright SWIFT

10 Implementation Considerations
Requirements Gap Analysis Software development – minor Hardware Software licence Training Installations Configuration – highly configurable © Crown copyright SWIFT

11 Solution Horace XP is the product name of the new forecaster workstation (SWIFT is the name of the project to introduce it.) The solution consists of hardware, software, supporting infrastructure and service definitions. Will replace both the NIMBUS and HORACE systems with a unified system for all forecasting and observing staff. Includes: IBL Visual Weather (as the ‘foundation’) Extra functionality (the ‘gaps’ between VW & Horace/Nimbus) Variant to include extra military Tactical Decision Aids (TDAs) A ‘Lite’ version to provide a flexible browser-based solution © Crown copyright SWIFT

12 Solution – Part 1 IBL Visual Weather
Buy the IBL software and use it to replace HORACE and NIMBUS visualisation. Also use it to replace some other components of production. Merge our expertise with theirs to produce a world class Forecaster Workstation by adding some features of Horace and Nimbus © Crown copyright SWIFT

13 Permanent Solution (SWIFT) (new applications running on new hardware)
© Crown copyright SWIFT

14 Solution Part 2 – Plugging the ‘Gaps’
Extra functionality (the ‘gaps’ between VW & Horace/Nimbus) Examine functionality of Horace, Nimbus, & Visual Weather Priority given to make sure no important current functionality is lost Business Analysts document the ‘gaps’ and the additional User Requirements Specify: IBL to develop, or Met Office to develop, and For which Software Package © Crown copyright SWIFT

15 Solution Part 2 – Plugging the ‘Gaps’
Monitor gap-filling progress through dynamic Wiki page Gap 85 - On Screen Analysis - SWIFT - IBL Wiki.mht Software Package 1 – already delivered: OSA Roaming Tephigram Easier map rotation, zooming, panning Tephigram constructions (Norman’s point, fog point etc) Tephigram diagnostics (lee waves, vertical wind shear etc) Streamlines (additional styles e.g. Florida State Uni format) © Crown copyright SWIFT

16 © Crown copyright 2007 SWIFT

17 Solution Part 2 – Plugging the ‘Gaps’
Software Package 2 – due by end July 2007: Military Artillery Message Tactical Decision Aid (MO) Additional projections (IBL) e.g. transverse mercator Multiple animation windows (IBL) 10-minute SYNOP (MO) Future Software Packages: Batch OSA On Screen Field Modification (OSFM) Trajectories Feature Tracking Objective Fronts WAFC Aviation SigWx Chart Production Route Forecast Fields File Cutter © Crown copyright SWIFT

18 Solution Part 3 – Adding Military Applications
Variant product to include extra military Tactical Decision Aids (TDAs) Developed by the Met Office Use meteorological data from forecast models to produce defence-specific information i.e. ‘post-process’ NWP data using secondary models or algorithms © Crown copyright SWIFT

19 Current NAMIS TDAs (in v.9)
Chemical Downwind Message Calculator Drop Zone Wind Forecast Effective Downwind Message Calculator Evaporation Duct Calculator MONIM (Met Office Night Illumination Model) TAF Browser (though not strictly a ‘TDA’) Diversions Widget (though not strictly a ‘TDA’) © Crown copyright SWIFT

20 Calculators Chemical Downwind Message Calculator
Effective Downwind Message Calculator Evaporation Duct Calculator Drop Zone Wind Forecast Calculator © Crown copyright SWIFT

21 MONIM - Met Office Night Illumination Model
© Crown copyright SWIFT

22 TAF Browser © Crown copyright SWIFT

23 Diversions Widget © Crown copyright SWIFT

24 Possible Future Military TDAs
Other TDAs from Nimbus: Neon (stand-alone & networked versions) Heat Stress (stand-alone & networked versions) DEW (Data Extraction Widget) MONET (Met Office Noise Evaluation Tool) Triggered Lightning Wizard Probability Hazard TDA – ‘Integrated’ TDA Mission Impact TDA – ‘Integrated’ TDA TDA application from Horace: Horace ‘TDA’ for Message Production Artimet & Target Acquisition Message Calculators © Crown copyright SWIFT

25 © Crown copyright 2007 SWIFT

26 Neon South Asia Crisis Area Mesoscale Model
© Crown copyright SWIFT

27 Heat Stress Maps & Meteograms
© Crown copyright SWIFT

28 MONET - Sound Pressure Level Fields
© Crown copyright SWIFT

29 Horace ‘TDA’ – Application for Message Production
To create various types of Tactical Decision Aid messages: NBC BWM, EDM, CDM Artillery BMM-AA, BMM-AS, CMM Target Acquisition TAM From: NWP, TEMP or SHIP © Crown copyright SWIFT

30 Triggered Lightning Wizard for aerostats
© Crown copyright SWIFT

31 Probability Hazard TDA
Map Panel Matrix Panel Rules Panel © Crown copyright SWIFT

32 Mission Impact TDA © Crown copyright SWIFT

33 Future Derived Diagnostics
Develop Derived Diagnostic Fields for: Radar propagation (and AREPS?) Contrails Dust Trafficability © Crown copyright SWIFT

34 Cross sections from 1 km model
Sharp decrease in humidity → elevated duct Trapping Superrefraction Normal Subrefraction Coastal surface duct © Crown copyright SWIFT

35 T and Q at 20 m © Crown copyright SWIFT

36 IBL: Visual Weather: Likelihood of Contrails
level © Crown copyright SWIFT

37 Horace XP The 4-Part Solution Includes:
IBL Visual Weather (as the ‘foundation’) Extra functionality (the ‘gaps’ between VW & Horace/Nimbus) Variant to include extra military Tactical Decision Aids (TDAs) A ‘Lite’ version to provide a flexible browser-based solution © Crown copyright SWIFT

38 Develop a ‘Lite’ version, based on SOA
“SOA Foundation Project” at Met Office Pete Trevelyan & Jeremy Tandy With IBL Develop prototype “Intelligent Client” More interactive browser version (not ‘dumb client!) Enables consumption of Web Map Services (WMS) Adobe Flex tool (building a Flash 9 object) Very flexible product generation (selecting layers) Batch creation of standard products © Crown copyright SWIFT

39 Interactive web-client vision
Providing context for decision support: high-quality mapping layered weather data Integrated external information geoprocessing Examples of geoprocessing Effects of temperature on electrical transmission through powerlines, transformers and other infrastructure Re-routeing of transmission networks due to weather effects Lightning risk wrt position of powerlines and or engineers derived features real-time data © Crown copyright SWIFT

40 Composite Applications
Business Function Elemental Business Function Plot Contours Plot Met. Render Image Draw Map Existing System GPCS Horace Radarnet ESRI © Crown copyright SWIFT

41 GIS across the network:
Map Visualization Client WFS ESB GML features (Weather data). WMS WFS Arc Gis Server Weather images/ Background Map Non-met features Arc SDE © Crown copyright SWIFT

42 Horace XP The 4-Part Solution Includes:
IBL Visual Weather (as the ‘foundation’) Extra functionality (the ‘gaps’ between VW & Horace/Nimbus) Variant to include extra military Tactical Decision Aids (TDAs) A ‘Lite’ version to provide a flexible browser-based solution © Crown copyright SWIFT

43 Horace XP & Visual Weather
The SWIFT Project: Horace XP & Visual Weather Phil Dominy, Met Office Defence Outcomes Manager Michal Weis, IBL Managing Director EGOWS meeting – 19th June 2007 © Crown copyright SWIFT


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