CHA attended the National Center for Simulation’s Industry Capability Day July 12, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. Chief Revenue Officer Chuck Wythe and others were on hand to demonstrate just what CHA is capable of achieving in the areas of manpower, personnel, and training, while showcasing our cutting-edge product development. We highlighted our Lighthouse SBIR and mixed reality technologies at the event. As always, we at CHA are committed to developing and implementing the most advanced technology to deliver the best products to our clients.
Cape Henry Associates and Mixed Reality Technology: An Interview with Chuck Wythe on Mixed Reality Technology and What It Means for CHA
By: Heatherlynn Akins, Powerhouse Planning Technical Writer and Quality Assurance Specialist
Cape Henry Associates (CHA) is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business that provides manpower and personnel analysis and training services (MPT) to the U. S. military and other clients. CHA has consistently been on the forefront of innovative technology in its quest to provide state-of-the-art services to its clients. They are making a concerted effort to move toward vertical integration of all MPT products. Recently, CHA announced it would be incorporating mixed reality technology (MRT) into its already cutting-edge technology platform as part of its move toward vertical integration. I sat down with CHA’s chief revenue officer, Chuck Wythe, to discuss this latest addition to their services, and to find out what mixed reality technology is and what it means for the future.
HA: What is mixed reality technology?
CW: I could get into real technical details about how wave systems are tricking your eye into seeing something it’s not, but I won’t. Basically, think of Xbox’s Kinect technology. It tracks motion and translates that onto your gaming screen. Companies such as Microsoft have taken that technology, flipped it around, and put it on your head via a headset. It maps your real environment and allows you to interact with both the virtual and the real world at the same time. In other words, it takes virtual environments, overlays them in the real world, and meshes them together to create a mixed reality (MR) environment.
HA: How does mixed reality technology fit into the core services you provide at CHA?
CW: Right now, we’re doing tests and evaluations to determine exactly how it will fit, but we’ve been building high-end training services for quite some time involving 3D models, etc. The vast majority of assets can easily be repurposed into the MRT environment in short order. For example, we can construct a gas turbine model in under two days that provides a much more immersive experience for the user studying it. Currently, we’re looking at the educational value of this technology and trying to answer questions such as, “How do we use this tool to make our training better?” and, “What training models can we create to measurably improve cognitive skills among other things?” Basically, we want to improve training the best way we can using this new technology.
HA: What types of clients could benefit from your mixed reality technology services and what would they gain from MRT at this time?
CW: CHA is principally military based, so we don’t do a lot of work outside of that area. However, we’ve started to expand into analysis and logistic work. We’ve begun to take on clients who don’t work directly for the government, but are ancillary clients who produce items for the military. These clients benefit the most from what we’re doing with mixed reality technology at this time. They can weigh in on the process in a real but virtual way, from a distance, which is powerful. Clients no longer have to be on site to have an interactive say in how the process is evolving.
Let’s say, for example, that a client provides maintenance for a building. We could build an MRT model of that building that includes all those hidden areas, like pipes and A/C units, etc. We can overlay error data from a malfunctioning unit such as an A/C unit so the maintenance tech can easily identify which individual unit is malfunctioning and fix it quickly. In addition, we foresee a potential cost benefit to clients. If MRT works out the way we hope, we should be able to save our clients money from a point of work perspective. It will take less time to build what the client is looking for, thus reducing the overall cost of the project. Although I would stress that at this time, this is a hypothetical savings.
HA: What else would you like to share about mixed reality technology?
CW: Basically, mixed reality technology is a laptop on your head. Most things you can do on your computer can be done in a holographic view through mixed reality technology. It’s going to free people up from their desks. As we go further, the way we interact with data is going to go from 2-dimensional, which data isn’t, to 3-dimensional. Up to this point, we’ve only been able to view data 2-dimensionally. To be able to bring our ability to interpret and work with data into the 3-dimensional world it inhabits is an amazing concept.
It goes without saying that there are skeptics out there. A lot of other marketable products are coming from many vendors. Lots of electronics companies will be coming out with their own versions of MRT. It’s important to note that CHA isn’t tied to a particular lens headset or hardware as the device, but we are tied to the technology that makes these things possible. The concept of the holographic world is where things are going and we’re trying to be on the forefront of that capability. We want to get cutting-edge stuff out there when we see a real benefit to our clients. CHA is excited to take this journey and learn precisely what this mixed reality technology can do and discover all the ways it can benefit our clients – and through them, our country as a whole.
For more information on mixed reality technology – or just to see what the possibilities are – check out our latest videos here.
Virginia Beach, Va., May 1, 2017 – Cape Henry Associates (CHA) was named to the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Fantastic 50 list of fastest growing businesses in the Commonwealth April 27. The 22nd annual Virginia’s Fantastic 50 Awards Banquet was held at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly and was attended by more than 400 participants from around Virginia.
“We know that companies will grow and expand where they have the skilled workforce to support their mission,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “We are glad to toast the entrepreneurial spirit of these Virginia business leaders and the dedicated employees who have brought these companies continued success.”
Virginia’s Fantastic 50 award program is a signature event of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the only annual statewide award recognizing Virginia’s fastest growing businesses. To be eligible, a company must be privately held with headquarters in Virginia, show revenues between $200,000 and $200 million, and demonstrate positive revenue growth and positive net income in its most recent fiscal year over the previous year. Companies are judged on four-year revenue history. The professional service firm Dixon Hughes Goodman verifies all award entries.
“Wow! What a couple of years,” said Chuck Wythe, CHA’s chief revenue officer. “ISO 9001, a major accounting system upgrade, an IT audit and overhaul, and now a spot on the Fantastic 50 award list! We couldn’t be happier.”
About Cape Henry Associates
Founded in 2004, Cape Henry Associates (cape-henry.com) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) specializing in Manpower Analysis, Personnel Analysis, and Training (MPT) services. Cape Henry Associates is a SeaPort-e prime contract vehicle holder and owns a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) technology, Lighthouse, for sole source contracting for MPT products and services. We employ a staff of more than 150 people, 75% of whom are veterans, and have an overall on-time delivery of 99.5% for required deliverables. We have built a reputation as the go-to company for all things MPT.
About the Virginia Chamber of Commerce
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, with more than 26,000 members. The Chamber is the leading non-partisan business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory, civic and judicial arenas at the state and federal level to be a force for long-term economic growth in the Commonwealth. Learn more at www.vachamber.com.
Cape Henry Associates’ director of quality management, Ed Myers, recently completed the requirements and has been named an ASQ-Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence by the Certification Board of the American Society for Quality (ASQ).
To qualify and be named an ASQ-Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, or ASQ CMQ/OE, an individual must have 10 years of work experience related to the Body of Knowledge. They must demonstrate comprehension and leadership in quality management principles and practices.
“Earning an ASQ certification is more than a great accomplishment – it’s a formal recognition of professionals that they have demonstrated an understanding of, and a commitment to, quality practices in their field,” said ASQ Chair Cecilia Kimberlin. “This distinction represents an investment in one’s future and provides a competitive advantage to those who earn ASQ certifications.”
In addition to being quality management director at Cape Henry Associates (CHA), Ed is a senior member of ASQ, a Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), and a member of the Tidewater ASQ Senior Leadership Council. He has a master’s degree in organizational management from Cambridge College and a Bachelor of Science in interdenominational studies from Excelsior College, and is a United States Navy Service-Disabled Veteran.
Cape Henry Associates (CHA) announced today it is one of the first companies in Hampton Roads to successfully complete a certification audit by DEKRA Certification, Inc. to the newly revised ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems International Standard. ISO 9001:2015 is the world’s most widely applied International Standard on quality management systems (QMS) and places increased importance on risk analysis and mitigation. It also helps organizations demonstrate to their customers that they place an emphasis on customer satisfaction and can consistently offer quality products and services. A certified and accredited QMS also acts as a tool to streamline an organization’s processes and make them more efficient at what they do.
“This was one of our big goals for 2016 and involved everyone in the company…It is a credit to every CHA employee’s dedication to customer service and the quality of our products and services,” said Bill Allen, CHA CEO and president.
Certification to the International Standard is based on quality management principles that include a strong customer focus, motivation and involvement by top management, the process approach, and continual improvement and review. The goal is to ensure customers receive consistently high quality products and services. Being certified to ISO 9001:2015 means our customers can have confidence that CHA is committed to quality and outstanding customer service. A U.S.- based accredited certification body, DEKRA visited CHA on-site in Virginia Beach to thoroughly assess its management system and, based on those results, certified CHA to the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015. DEKRA will make regular on-site visits to confirm CHA continues to meet all the requirements of the International Standard.
At The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Florida last week, Cape Henry Associates, in partnership with KOVA Global, held a raffle to raise funds to benefit Homes for Our Troops. Homes for Our Troops aids severely injured military veterans by building homes for them. The raffle raised just over $4,000 and the winner of the custom 2004 Big Dog motorcycle was Olav Sandnes of Norway. On behalf of Homes for Our Troops and the veterans they help, thanks to all who participated!
Cape Henry Associates (CHA) traveled to Orlando, Florida last week to participate in I/ITSEC 2016. The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference, and celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. CHA held a raffle in partnership with KOVA Global to support Homes for Our Troops, an organization that helps rebuild lives by building functional, mortgage-free homes for severely injured military veterans. Just over $4,000 was raised in support of this cause. To learn more about Homes for Our Troops, visit www.hfotusa.org. To learn more about I/ITSEC, visit www.iitsec.org.
Cape Henry Associates (CHA) will travel to Orlando, Florida this month to participate in I/ITSEC 2016. The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference, and will take place November 28 – December 2 this year, its 50th anniversary. CHA will exhibit in Booth #1119 on the West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center. This year CHA is partnering with KOVA Global in support of Homes for Our Troops, an organization that helps rebuild lives by building functional, mortgage-free homes for severely injured military veterans. CHA and KOVA will raffle off a 2004 Big Dog Motorcycle with brand new, custom paint and a 107-cubic inch (1750 cc) engine. Raffle tickets will be available at the Cape Henry Associates Booth #1119 at the conference. Be sure to stop by the Booth to see what’s new with CHA and purchase tickets to support Homes for Our Troops. To learn more about I/ITSEC, visit http://www.iitsec.org/Pages/default.aspx.
Cape Henry Associates (CHA) has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price task order from the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) to provide curriculum analyses and planning services in support of Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC) and the Hospital Corpsman (HM) Basic “A” School. Support will be provided on-site at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas and at CHA headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va.
Cape Henry Associates (CHA) participated in the Fleet and Family Support Center Job Fair Sept. 8. Seamanship and Small Craft Group (SSC) Program Manager Pete Brennan and Unit Manpower Training (UMT) Human Systems Integration Analyst Rayma Byrd represented CHA, ready to talk to prospective candidates about Cape Henry’s mission, values, work areas, and opportunities.