Who in the world of CHA is Bryan Olsen?

This installment of our “Who in the world of CHA” blog series features Bryan Olsen, one of Cape Henry Associates’ Junior Training Support Specialists.

Bryan’s team leader, Dylan Lynch, nominated him to be featured, saying, “Bryan is, without a doubt, an invaluable asset to my Team and CHA as a whole. He constantly volunteers himself to assist employees on my Team and employees on other projects.”

In his CHA role, Bryan is responsible for reviewing and analyzing current taskings and responsibilities broken down by specific rates for Navy personnel and identifying ways to improve the training provided. He’s also part of a team working on developing a career map for Navy ratings as part of a system for Navy personnel to take greater control over their career paths.

In the short 11 months Bryan has been with CHA, he’s “revamped the entire Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) CLLC process, saving extensive man-hours while training the entire RRL project team on the new tool. He’s traced 2,101 PS and LSS tasks and identified 1,093 gaps for PS and 587 gaps for LSS,” said Dylan.

 

Bryan is a Navy veteran who spent 13 years on active duty, finishing as an Intelligence Specialist First Class (E6), so working on improving Naval training is not only a natural fit for him, but a passion project as well. He enjoys the CHA work environment stating, “Although a lot of the time we are doing our work in a virtual environment, it feels very inclusive, collaborative, and relaxed.” That work atmosphere is why Bryan thinks CHA will branch out to support all branches of the Department of Defense in the next few years and why he doesn’t see himself leaving CHA any time soon. “I’d like to be serving as a CHA production manager in the future,” he adds.

A dedicated, hardworking employee, Bryan describes himself as an “equally hardworking and fun-loving, loyal person that my friends and family can rely on.” He attributes his work ethic and loyalty to the man who raised him, his stepfather, who ultimately adopted him when he was 11 years old. “My father has been in my life since I was six months old,” he says. “Having seen a man take control and responsibility for another life that he had no biological connection with left a major stamp on me. He taught me that if you work hard and are a loyal person the rest of the more fun and interesting parts of life come along with it.”

That life philosophy has translated to a wonderful marriage to a fellow Navy veteran and current Naval Reservist with whom Bryan shares 4-year-old Matthew and 1-year-old Isabella. Along with his wife, “who is the rock that keeps our entire house and family going strong,” Bryan says his children are “without a doubt the bright spot of my day.”

The family enjoys doing outdoor activities together, and when he’s not working tirelessly on CHA projects or otherwise enjoying family life, Bryan can be found watching sports, mostly football. As a die-hard Las Vegas Raiders fan, he’s looking forward to the upcoming football season. Football loyalties aside, we’re just glad he’s part of the CHA team.

May 14th, 2022|

CHA’s FogLifter: Changing the scope of high-volume data processing capabilities

FogLifter is Cape Henry Associate’s fully managed, turnkey environment for high-volume Machine Learning (ML). As a stand-alone, scalable, secure, and fully dedicated mobile Artificial Intelligence (AI) framework powered by NVIDIA NGC, FogLifter is capable of:

  • Rapid ingestion of a wide variety of data
  • User-configurable filtration of AI Interesting Artifacts (AI/IA)
  • User free-form investigation of AI/IA
  • ML experimentation and training
  • Flexible visualization

In testing, FogLifter was configured to ingest raw, unstructured text datasets of 120GB in minutes, but it’s scalable for much more. It is capable of being re-created from scratch in under 10 minutes to adjust to changing needs. It provides faster access to highly relevant information through skillfully created state-of-the-art technology platforms and can be applied to endless industry needs.

For more information on how FogLifter was used in pursuit of a Defense Intelligence Agency requirements solution, read our case study. For a quick overview of FogLifter’s capabilities, check out our FogLifter resource. Interested in learning more or scheduling a demonstration of how FogLifter can help you? Contact us today.

May 6th, 2022|

CHA Story, Part 3 – What We Provide: Engineering & Logistics

Cape Henry Associates (CHA) goes beyond curriculum and training solutions. We actively work to ensure mission readiness with a variety of services and support options. From analyzing maintenance systems to providing document analysis, or supporting systems acquisition and planning agendas, CHA has the solutions our clients need.

CHA can assist clients with a variety of engineering and logistics needs, such as:

  • Engineering Change Request/Ship Change Document (ECR/SCD) Analysis
  • Life Cycle Support Plan (LCSP) Development
  • Planned and Corrective Maintenance (PM/CM) Analysis
  • Planned Maintenance Systems (PMS) and Technical Document Support
  • Safe Engineering and Operations (SEAOPS) Manual Development
  • Ship/Activity Acquisition and Life Cycle Support
  • System Acquisition and Life Cycle Support

To find out more about how CHA can help you, explore our website. We encourage you to check out our case studies to see how we help our clients achieve their goals and beyond. Want to know even more? Contact us today for further information or to schedule a demonstration.

April 26th, 2022|

CHA Story, Part 2 – What We Provide: Curriculum & Training

If you have curriculum development and training needs, Cape Henry Associates (CHA) has your solutions. Our highly qualified Instructional Systems Designers work hard to provide you with the most innovative, state-of-the-art curriculum and training solutions possible. Working closely with our Fog Bank division, the force behind our innovative and technologically advanced services, CHA walks you through a comprehensive front-end analysis to the design and development phase to a career-long learning continuum analysis.

We want to provide you exactly what you need today, and into the future. We offer Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) solutions which means, because of our multiplatform development capabilities, we can offer curriculum and training solutions across a broad range of industries. Currently, we have applications available for:

  • Government
  • Financial Services
  • Construction and Development
  • Education
  • Energy and Utilities

CHA is at the forefront of Training and Simulation with comprehensive, innovative, and future-forward solutions. Our process is designed to give you the curriculum and training capabilities you need, while streamlining the process and setting you up for future growth. One of the ways we incorporate new technology into our curriculum and training services is through our Unity plug-in, FogBoxer. FogBoxer’s impressive ability to provide high-volume synthetic image generation, automated label annotation, and rapid AI prototyping sets you up for continued success. Visit our FogBoxer website today to learn more and contact us about how we can help with your curriculum and training needs. 

March 28th, 2022|

CHA Story, Part 1 – What We Provide: Mission Readiness

At Cape Henry Associates (CHA), “Mission Readiness” is something we take very seriously. It’s one of the things that makes us a full-service solution for our clients. Our tools and methods ensure a complete, efficient, effective, and accurate assessment of your need(s) and what we can do to support your mission. Our mission readiness commitment comprises a three-fold approach to bring you the solutions you want and need.

  1. Our comprehensive Analysis capabilities assess where you are and where you want to go. The Manpower and Training Requirements Planning (MTRP) Documents, Training Estimates (TE), Manpower Estimate/Preliminary Ship Manpower Document, Manpower Gap Analysis, Analysis of Alternatives (AoA), and High Driver Analysis are examples of analyses CHA can perform to determine what you already have working well and then use to compile a list of recommendations to improve your ability to operate in your chosen environment.
  2. Our Requirements component addresses various needs you may have. This includes the development, implementation, and sustainment of Preliminary Ship/Fleet Manpower Documents (PSMD/PFMD); which may include Aviation Manpower Requirements Worksheets (MRW) for CVN Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD); Billet Training Profiles (BTP); Crew Scheduling and Phasing Plans (CSPP); Manpower, Personnel, and Training (MPT) Plans; cost of manpower requirements for the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES); and Training System Installation Plans (TSIP).
  3. We also offer Special Studies options that don’t fit into traditional analysis or requirements categories. Examples of special studies offerings we have provided to clients include Billet Saturation Analysis and Manpower Validation Studies, but whatever special studies requirements you have, let’s connect and see how we can meet you at your point of need.

CHA remains committed to being a full-service provider to our clients, with a holistic approach to our products and services. Contact us today to learn how we can help you, from identifying and assessing your unique needs to providing custom-built solutions and support that will help you reach your goals and set new ones.

March 24th, 2022|

CHA I/ITSEC white paper now available!

In case you missed it, members of our R&D department presented a paper at the 2021 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla. “Digital Twins to Computer Vision: A Rapid Path to Augmented Reality Object Detection on the Battlefield” reviewed our research and findings on how to improve battlefield situational awareness moving forward.

I/ITSEC has provided access to the white paper, either from the I/ITSEC website or by clicking this link, which will take you directly to a downloadable version.

You can see a less-than-one-minute video overview of our presentation here.


February 24th, 2022|

Behind the scenes with R&D

When we last left off with our R&D department, they had just successfully presented their findings on artificial intelligence object identification at the 2021 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) held in December in Orlando, Fla. Instead of taking a well-deserved break to celebrate their success, the Cape Henry Associates (CHA) R&D department is hard at work prioritizing project ideas and mapping out what 2022 will look like. As they put it, when you get to come to work in “Iron Man’s lab” every day, why would you ever want time off?

In addition to hiring some brand-new talent, the R&D department is excited about the possibilities inherent in the mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR) worlds. For instance, the partnership of MR with VR headsets, like Microsoft’s HoloLens, has infinite training possibilities and the team is busy delving into all the ways we can improve, update, and bring forward training and other services for our clients using these methodologies.

Along with exploring how breakthroughs in MR/VR/AR technology can benefit our clients, R&D is also embracing the possibilities of 3D printing as it relates to our military clients. As we are always looking for ways to improve training and save our clients money, we are combining our 3D printing capabilities with our passion for developing high-end, state-of-the-art training and curriculum to provide our clients with the hands-on ability to train with 3D-printed physical products at a fraction of the cost of procuring the “real” thing. Those who need to learn how to manipulate, repair, and install parts will soon be able to do so without the price tag currently associated with such training.

Curious about what R&D is planning for 2022? Want to know more about how 3D printing can revolutionize your company? Contact us today to learn how we can help you do more for less.

February 9th, 2022|

We’re looking at (for) you!

Cape Henry Associates (CHA) is always looking for new talent! We’re proud to be a veteran-owned small business with 65% of our employees being fellow veterans. However, our non-military employees are just as important to us as they provide fresh perspective and insight into the products we create for our military clients as well as our civilian clients. Our employees are passionate about the work we do and truly believe that we are serving our clients and, by extension, our nation and our world. It’s part of what makes our work culture so unique and appealing.

Have you ever wondered about what it’s like to work for Cape Henry Associates? Maybe you’ve thought about making a change and are curious what opportunities CHA might have but aren’t sure you want to move to Virginia Beach, Va., where our headquarters is located. You might be interested to know that we have employees working in such diverse locations at Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, and California.

We are always looking to hire new talent because we strongly believe fresh ideas are critical to developing the state-of-the-art products we are known for. Check out our current openings and contact us for more information. We’d love to have you on our team.

February 9th, 2022|

2021 Year in Review

2021 Year in Review—Looking Ahead to the Future

As we head into the coming year, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on the past year, and also share some of what you can look forward to from Cape Henry Associates (CHA) in 2022.

If you’ve been following us on social media or reading our blog series, you’ll know that we spent most of 2021 highlighting the work of our Fog Bank division. This team spent a good portion of the year working on answering the question of how quickly and accurately artificial intelligence (AI) can identify various objects on the battlefield and how much manpower is required to assist the AI in its work. We presented the results in December at the annual I/ITSEC conference in Orlando.

We’ve also been hard at work updating our proprietary software and technology platforms, Lighthouse and FogLifter, to provide improved state-of-the-art services to our clients. We’ll be rolling them out soon. Contact us for more information.

In 2021, we were able to get a little bit “back to normal” after the pandemic effects of 2020. It was wonderful to connect in person with so many of you, though we’re grateful for the lessons learned about resiliency and efficiency. We implemented some changes to how we do things at CHA that are a direct result of learning how to adapt and overcome the challenges of a global pandemic.

What’s in store for 2022? In addition to the updated FogLifter and Lighthouse products, we have some exciting things lined up across CHA. We’ll continue with our “Behind the Scenes with CHA’s R&D” blog series, but we’ll also be shining some light on our other departments. We can’t say it enough: we’re only as strong as the talented, dedicated people who make up CHA. Judging on that alone, we’re confident 2022 is going to be a great year.

January 7th, 2022|

CHA presents paper at 2021 I/ITSEC

This week, Cape Henry Associates (CHA) presented our paper, “Digital Twins to Computer Vision: A Rapid Path to Augmented Reality Object Detection on the Battlefield” at the 2021 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla. Chuck Wythe opened, and Nosika Fisher of CHA’s R&D department presented the paper.

Those who have been following our blog series this year about our R&D team may have quickly realized our paper centers on a topic we teased a few months ago when we discussed our team identifying deer in the lab. They were working on speeding the process of machine learning model development using only synthetic images as the training data as well as automating the processes of capture and labeling. We wanted to test how effective those models could be when applied in artificial intelligence (AI)- driven object detection applications.

The main problem with applying AI models to battlefield object identification purposes comes in the amount of training data (e.g., labeled images) necessary to allow for object identification at any high level of confidence. In our example, we showed that literally thousands of images of similar but distinct objects were required – in this case, images of M1A1 Abrams tanks vs. Panther tanks. While we can achieve object identification at high levels of confidence, the degree of human intervention necessary is intense when using traditional photographic images and manual labeling techniques.

Using 3D models and CHA’s FogBoxer plug-in for Unity, the team produced similar results to traditional methods that would require hundreds of man-hours in only a few hours, proving object detector applications can be produced for classes of objects rapidly without sacrificing efficacy.

The CHA team ended the presentation with a discussion about the future practicality of using AI gaming object identification capabilities and digital twins in rapid, automated generation of AI-powered applications to improve battlefield situational awareness. The presentation was well-received and the Q&A session immediately following evoked a thought-provoking discussion.

December 3rd, 2021|