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Here is a good introduction to IFT-DSS. For more see

Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFT-DSS)

The interagency Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), through both formal and informal interactions with its partners and clients, became convinced in 2006 that one of the more pressing problems facing fire and fuels managers is the confusion and inefficiency associated with the many existing software systems intended to help fire and fuels managers. These systems have proliferated in the last decade in response to various funding initiatives without any central control or vision. Managers are left with an assortment of unconnected systems in various stages of development with little guidance concerning the strengths and weaknesses of the various systems, and no framework for integration and fusion of data and outputs from these systems. One of the principal voices articulating this problem has been the Fuels Management Committee. Acting in concert with the Fuels Management Committee, the JFSP initiated the Software Tools and Systems (STS) Study in 2007.
In Phase I (April 2007- March 2008), we studied the problem identified by the fuels specialist user community - software chaos. In Phase II (April 2008 - March 2009), we developed a solution path - a conceptual design document, a software architecture design document, and the focus on building a service oriented architecture based, distributed framework named the Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFT-DSS). In Phase III (April 2000 - May 2010), we implemented the proof of concept version of IFT-DSS. All of the many varied products we have published along the way may be found on this web site. In particular, we call your attention to the JFSP Fire Science Digest dated December 2009 entitled "A Powerful New Planning Environment for Fuels Managers: The Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System."
It is absolutely critical to understand that IFT-DSS is not another new fuels treatment system. It is a framework that organizes and makes available a large number of pre-existing software models. It provides access through the Internet and provides users with a single user interface to multiple software tools.
Phase IV begins the full implementation of the software framework. IFT-DSS version 0.4 has been released. This version contains support for prescribed burn planning and analysis and a hazard analysis of current conditions for a user defined area of interest. An inter-agency test user group is currently testing and evaluating IFT-DFSS version 0.4. The NWCG Fuels Management Committee expects to be able to certify the prescribed burn workflow process in IFT-DSS for formal inter-agency applications by July 2011.
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Key Points
• IFT-DSS was initiated and has been managed in partnership with the NWCG Fuels Management Committee (FMC)
• NWCG Executive Board has been regularly involved and helped shape IFT-DSS
• IFT-DSS has been leading implementation of several key NWFEA recommendations
• Have followed the NWCG End-to-End IT Investment Process, and has been provisionally accepted as an NWCG-sponsored software system
• Design of IFT-DSS has been driven by needs of ground-level fuels planners
• IFT-DSS is being used by FMC to reshape training for fuels planners
• IFT-DSS is redefining how model development occurs in the science community
• JFSP has fully funded IFT-DSS development
• IFT-DSS is providing unprecedented ability for fuels planners to efficiently integrate datasets and models
• IFT-DSS is streamlining fuels treatment planning documentation
• IFT-DSS is providing guidance to fuels planning and analysis
• IFT-DSS is a next-generation, web-based software integration framework that can be emulated in other business domains

• Extensive scoping of the issue nationwide with the wildland fire community
• Approved as a line-of-work by the JFSP Governing Board
• Consulted with DOI Office of the Chief Information Officer and the Interior Business Architecture Team
• Consulted with NWCG Executive Board (then NFAEB)
• Phase I initiated – a strategic assessment of all fire and fuels tools by the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University
• Extensive consultation with NWFEA
• Advisory Committee formed, including members of three NWCG committees and the NWCG program management office
• Phase I strategic assessment completed; primary recommendation was to use a web-based framework architecture citing Bluesky as the best example
• Phase II initiated – conceptual and system design for a fuels treatment planning framework architecture; Sonoma Technology as contractor (extensive experience with Bluesky)
• Design team formed, composed of field and regional fuels planners, and some scientists
• Phase II completed on budget and on time
• Phase III initiated – prototype development of the system design with a limited functionality, also contracted with Sonoma Technology
• Communications plan completed and implementation begun
• Field-level test user group formed
• Moved through NWCG review process with recommendation to establish the Forest Service as the Managing Partner; approved by NWCG IT Investment Board
• Phase III completed on budget and on time to spec (V 0.3)
• Phase IV initiated – full system development, also contracted with Sonoma Technology
• IT investment review process initiated with the Forest Service
• Independent user impact analysis launched through Oregon State University
• FMC created IFT-DSS Subcommittee to conduct quality assurance testing and change management, review and approve workflow designs, and to develop a training framework
• Extensive testing of each workflow scenario by field test user group
• Current condition risk assessment designed and implemented to conform to the standards set by the Cohesive Strategy Oversight Committee Task Team
• Version 1.0 planned for movement to Forest Service server
• IFT-DSS Program Manager planned for hiring
• Extensive testing of each workflow scenario by field test user group
• Phase IV scheduled for completion
• Version 2.0 delivered for transition to operational use
• Phase V - operations and maintenance funding picked up by fuels program

JFSP undertook this line-of-work in direct response to strongly expressed needs from the fire and fuels community, and at the urging of the NWCG FMC. NWCG has been involved at multiple levels along every step, and has concurred with and supported each phase of the project. JFSP has followed every administrative process suggested by NWCG and other advisors, and has been responsive to every recommendation coming from the Advisory Group, NWCG, the Design Team, the field users test group, and other advisors. In short, JFSP has been broadly advised and supported throughout this project.
03-10-2011 04:10 PM
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IFT-DSS - Joe Roise - 01-21-2011, 03:02 PM
RE: IFT-DSS - Chet - 02-14-2011, 02:05 PM
RE: IFT-DSS - Joe Roise - 02-14-2011, 02:32 PM
RE: IFT-DSS - Annie O - 02-14-2011, 03:06 PM
RE: IFT-DSS - Toddi - 02-14-2011, 06:22 PM
RE: IFT-DSS - mrauscher - 03-10-2011 04:10 PM

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