Innovate! Inc. Awarded DOI Integrated Reporting of Wildland-Fire Information (IRWIN) Contract

WASHINGTON - July 18, 2019 - PRLog -- Innovate! Inc. announced today it has been awarded the Integrated Reporting of Wildland-Fire Information (IRWIN) Operation and Maintenance (O&M) and Development, Modernization and Enhancement (DME) services contract in support of the Department of Interior's (DOI) Office of Wildland Fire (OWF). This is a new contract award for Innovate with team member Esri.

IRWIN is a Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Wildland Fire (OWF) managed interagency system that integrates wildland fire data. The interagency community includes the USDA - US Forest Service, the DOI Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as well as state and local fire managers via the United States Fire Administration (USFA).

Under this five-year contract, Innovate will provide support required to operate and maintain and develop, modernize and enhance the IRWIN system and the supporting tools developed to support visualization and understanding of data integration. Innovate will perform a broad range of O&M support, such documenting geospatial data standards and data mapping, updating application code for the IRWIN system, performing database tuning and workflow enhancement analysis.

Innovate will also provide on-site and remote consulting support to work collaboratively with the DOI OWF to design, develop, modernize and enhance IRWIN to meet the interagency wildland fire community needs and requirements. Innovate will facilitate and support the annual release cadence in support of IRWIN to include discovery sessions with candidate systems connecting to IRWIN, annual code development, modernization and enhancements, including prototype build, and demonstration, integration testing and deployment.

The period of performance begins July 29th and runs through July 2024.

"Innovate recognizes the importance of IRWIN's operations and we will proudly assist the DOI in providing services to meet its diverse user base with this new contract," comments Frank Roberts, Innovate's GIS/IT Director. He adds, "This contract will enable Innovate to expand our existing work with the Emergency Support / Wildland Fire community and allow us to use our existing knowledge of GIS/IT in support of the Wildland Firefighters."

Innovate has provided mission-critical emergency response and fire support services to federal clients and other customers. Innovate has collaborated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 (R9) to enhance the R9 Common Operating Picture (COP) to monitor and forecast fire and wind challenges that plague California's wildfire operations. Innovate's IT/GIS - Geographic Information System team has been supporting and developing technology for EPA's R9 for the past eight years. The wind and fire response tools are two of many solutions developed to address a myriad of problems, caused naturally or by human error, that challenge the United States.

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