copp-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Common Operating Picture Platform: 2012 Report


The CMUSV's DMI and Golden Gate Safety Network program strives to define a baseline data architecture for simple information sharing between Public Safety Agencies and the civilian sector. The major emphasis is on CIKR (Critical Infrastructure & Key Resources) for setting Damage Assessment Status, and GPS location of the closest Emergency Resource (Fire, Law, Medical, etc.). The Common Operating Picture Platform (COPP) attempts to build a Reference Implementation as a freely available starting template for integrating the many open source software components now available from the Federal and State support agencies. Recognizing the emerging standards (such as EDXL, NIEM, OPEN, OGC, COBIE, etc.), GGSN provides a data preparation roadmap for small to medium agencies to follow, in order to prepare their emergency data for information exchange in a mutual aid event.

Supporting agencies include the San Jose Water Company, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, and the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association. Talks are underway with additional municipalities and Counties to develop a regional "Best Practice" for Emergency Information Sharing.


David Coggeshall is Director of the DMI/GGSN COPP Program, and the principal consultant for projects in software applications development, as Managing Director at San Francisco Communications. David graduated from Penn State University with an Electrical Engineering degree and worked in the Apollo Applications Program that later became known as SkyLab. David worked for Honeywell Information Systems in the early 70s and then formed San Francisco Consulting Group, a custom software development consultancy. The largest SFCG project was the design and construction of the original network administration software for SPRINT.  Starting in the fall of 2009, San Francisco Communications began working closely with Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley to form the Disaster Management Initiative, and to base the work of the GGSN at CMSV, which is located at the NASA Research Park at Moffett Field in Mountain View CA. An updated version of the GGSN MOU has been entered into by Carnegie Mellon University and the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA). David Coggeshall recently served as adjunct faculty. Now as DMI affiliate, and director of the DMI/GGSN program, he works closely with faculty, staff, and students on information sharing projects for emergency response.

Trey Smith, PhD., is a Systems Scientist at CMU-Silicon Valley, and the technical lead for the GeoCam Project, developing technology to help first responders understand a disaster situation through rapid sharing of geotagged photos and other data. He also works on prototype lunar rovers, developing ground data systems that help lunar scientists understand the robot's environment and command it effectively. Trey's past research has ranged from probabilistic planning and onboard science autonomy to robot navigation and multi-robot coordination. He works in the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center. He finished his Ph.D. in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon in 2007.