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Mississippi State partners with ERDC in mobility research

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Lalitha Dabbiru, assistant research professor at MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, and Christopher Hudson, CAVS research engineer, examine data collected on the Proving Ground, a new 50-acre property recently acquired to advance the center’s off-road autonomous vehicle research. The remote sensing data will be used to develop algorithms aimed at improving the performance of autonomous vehicles in off-road environments. Photo by Beth Wynn, Mississippi State University.

Backed by a $3.08 million grant from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Mississippi State University will support the Army’s ground mobility research in several key areas.

The project addresses areas such as remote sensing on autonomous vehicles, additive manufacturing, human performance, and modeling and simulation development. It is powered by the university’s High Performance Computing Collaboratory and led by MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems. The research will be among the first to utilize the Proving Ground, a 50-acre property recently acquired by CAVS to advance the center’s off-road autonomous vehicle research.

“This is a really exciting project with ERDC and a great continuation of our off-road autonomous mobility research, much of which is done in support of the Army,” said Clay Walden, CAVS executive director in a press release. “In addition, we are developing a digital twin of the Proving Ground, which will allow us to develop autonomous environmental sensing algorithms and then test them on the physical property. Autonomous vehicles are dependent upon being able to accurately sense their environment in order to execute a particular mission.”

The ground mobility research will involve collaboration among faculty from across MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering. The project’s technical focus areas include tire and terrain interactions, powertrain modeling, sensor-physics and fusion, dust simulation, materials for design and human fatigue. By creating advanced ground-vehicle performance simulations and computing techniques, the research will create better assessments for manned and unmanned tactical vehicles.

The project is managed by ERDC’s Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory. Robert D. Moser, senior scientific technical manager for the ERDC lab, said the new partnership builds upon MSU and ERDC’s strong history of innovative research and development programs and will support the Army’s future battlefield mobility needs.

“This new effort, supported through ERDC’s Military Engineering applied research program, will develop advanced capabilities for autonomy, mobility and materials manufacturing that are strongly aligned with ERDC science and technology efforts under the Next Generation Combat Vehicle modernization priority of the Army Futures Command,” Moser said in the release. “Our ERDC team looks forward to continuing this strong collaboration and the outcomes of the proposed joint research activities with MSU and the CAVS team.”

Based in Vicksburg, ERDC is the research unit of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is one of the premier engineering and scientific research organizations in the world. MSU and ERDC have a long-standing research relationship and have collaborated on dozens of projects. In 2014, the two partnered to create the Institute for Systems Engineering Research, also housed in Vicksburg.

“Our relationship has grown because of our commonality with high-performance computing,” Walden said. “Because we have our High Performance Computing Center here, we have researchers that are very experienced in developing highly granular physics-based codes on our HPC system. We have students here working on ERDC-funded projects who often take the next natural step and go to work for them. ERDC is a tremendous asset for the state of Mississippi, and we’re proud to supply the next generation of these researchers.”

 

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Expanded shooting video shows many more shots fired than originally reported

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The home video that recorded the sound of gunshots has been expanded to capture the entire event. The expanded video clearly records many more shots than the original video. Here is the video, how many shots do you hear?

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Warren County’s Briggs and Garrard rescued three unconscious men from certain death at Satartia gas leak

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MEMA Drone photo of the Satartia gas line explosion site.

Warren County’s Gerald Briggs and Shane Garrard saved three men from certain death in the Satartia gas leak incident last night.

The three men were found unresponsive in a vehicle near the site of the explosion that caused a large area near Satartia to be evacuated.

At 7:35 p.m. on Saturday night, word came in to the E-911 call center that a gas line has exploded near Satartia, and toxic gas was being leaked into the area. The carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide leak let more than 220 barrels of gas loose into the community. The lack of wind and cool weather caused the toxic cloud to stay in the area for several hours.

First responders from several local and state agencies sped to the area to assist in minimizing the impact of the gas. Warren County Fire Coordinator Gerald “Jerry” Briggs and 911 Director Shane Garrard were among those who responded. Briggs and Garrard suited up in their HAZMAT gear to search the area near the gas leak.

While driving a gravel road near the explosion site they saw an occupied vehicle. The three occupants of the vehicle were slumped and non-responsive. They broke a window to gain access, did what they could to treat them on the scene, and then quickly moved them to a rescue vehicle for transport to a safer area.

Briggs could be heard on the radio saying, “Coming in hot,” indicating to rescue units he and Garrard were coming back to the staging area with distressed victims.

All three are expected to fully recover from their exposure to the toxic gas.

Garrard and Briggs went back to look for more victims and worked the exposure area throughout the night looking for more victims. The explosion eventually caused 45 to be hospitalized and 300 residents were evacuated.

Shane Garrard and Jerry Briggs are two of Warren County finest. They are undisputed heroes who saved three unconscious men from certain death in Satartia last night.

Shane Garrard with his family (photo from his social media)

Fire Boss Jerry Briggs with his boss Kelly Suzanne (photo by David Day)

 

 

 

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MDOT closing Hwy. 465 at 5 p.m. Sunday

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MDOT will be closing Mississippi Highway 465 at Eagle Lake at 5 p.m. today due to flooding concerns.

The road will be closed from the intersection with U.S. Highway 61 to the Backwater Levee Road. Anyone caught going around barricades will be cited for disregard of a traffic control device.

Light traffic can use the Backwater Levee. Large trucks and commercial vehicles are directed to travel through Onward to the Main Line Levee.

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