N-CART lab participates in Urban Search and Rescue exercise with UCRT

On the 4th of March 2012, members of the N-CART lab of the Department of Computer Science at Ryerson University were asked to participate in an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) exercise conducted by the USAR and CBRNe Response Team (UCRT) of the Ontario Provincial Police. N-CART was assigned a command post (CP) vehicle that was co-located with the CP of Ontario Power Generation (OPG) as we were both supporting the exercise with related technology.

The exercise was conducted on the ground of the OPP UCRT in Bolton, ON and ran from 0800 Mar 4, 2012 to 1200 Mar 5, 2012. N-CART was tasked to provide support from 1400 to 0000.

The exercise scenario consisted of a dirty bomb exploding on a bus at the transport building of the Square One shopping mall in Mississauga. A secondary explosive device was detected and neutralized by the UCRT in a nearby car. The bus bomb caused a partial collapse of several structures with consequent people trapped inside. There were many dead and injured people in the vicinity of the blast.

Night flight of our UAV supporting the search effort.


Video shows two models of scenes that were collected to support the forensic investigation occurring at the scene.


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