Aftermath Crisis Management System-of-systems Demonstration Phase I

Project Structure

Overall strategy and general description of the ACRIMAS work plan

ACRIMAS is carried out as a scenario- and user driven development project. It is organised in seven work packages (WPs) that will combine the consortium members complementary expertise for ensuring the successful fruition of the project objectives and results.  

To handle all dimensions of CM as they manifest themselves in the selected scenarios, the WPs have been structured to match a top-down approach (from policies to procedures and to systems) with a bottom-up feed-back from the analyses of the legacy organisations and systems. In this way, the gaps are identified and a sensible and cost-effective roadmap towards the implementation of a continuous CM integration process is determined.

ACRIMAS will leverage relevant projects that were (or are being) performed in the domain of CM (FP5, FP6, PASR, FP7 and most relevant National projects), in order not to re-do things that were done plenty of times before with plenty of different point of views. Given the challenges, missions and user needs in the field of Crisis Management on the one hand, and possible solutions development on the other, we will define an agreed-upon Demonstration and experimentation framework.

The ACRIMAS work plan is depicted in Figure below and is described as follows.


WP1 - Project management

Deals with project management, including technical financial and administrative management.

WP2 - Political and legal framework

Analyses the societal, political and legal aspects of CM. This will provide a basic framework for all other work packages to consider.

WP3 - Scenario-based mission and task analysis

Analyses the CM process to clearly identify the tasks and missions and to sort out the commonalities and the differences in the MS. Five scenarios will be identified and analysed in terms of likeliness, severity, consequences, cross-border character, multi-nationality, complexity and type of complexity (technical, human, legal etc.), thus providing an initial CM task and mission (user need) analysis to be elaborated on in WP4.

WP4 - Gaps and requirements analysis

Uses the outcome of WP2 and WP3 to identify and validate the gaps, shortcoming and discrepancies of current CM tasks, missions, procedures etc. User needs, expanded from the initial input from WP3, and requirements will be set and prioritised in order to define the main axes and objectives for the demonstration project Phase II.

WP5 - Approaches and solutions identification

Will be dedicated to identifying and analysing potential solutions to the needs and gaps found in WP4.

WP6 - Demonstration concept & Roadmap for Phase II

Will first use the outcome of WP4 and WP5 to provide a list of prioritised topics where there are critical development needs that need be addressed with experiments and demonstrations. This will be complemented with an assessment of what other activities must be performed, such as research and technical developments.

Additionally WP6 will assess what infrastructure will be needed for demonstrations within CM, such as demonstration platforms or mechanisms to assure the dissemination of demonstration results.

Top-level guidelines on how to perform demonstrations in the area of CM will be developed.

Methodology for the selection of an optimal portfolio of demonstrations, in contrast to simply viewing them as isolated projects, will be provided, taking into account their interconnectedness.

The ACRIMAS demonstration concept of a continuous integrative CM process / method will be prepared, based on the above tasks, together with the experience from previous WPs and an exploration and modification of the CD&E method to the CM context.

WP7 - Awareness raising and dissemination

Gathers all essential activities of dissemination and awareness rising. The results of ACRIMAS, although validated by the users and stakeholders linked to the project, through their dedicated involvement in three ACRIMAS workshops and the Final Event, also need to be known and accepted by the greatest audience possible as the CM community shall adhere to the objectives, approach and content of the DP. The pilot case will be part of this WP (final event).