At the core of IEM's success is the proven ability to quantitatively assess critical protection issues and options—and then translate these findings into strategies that can help reduce risk the most. Modeling and simulation tools offer quick, cost-effective, and objective techniques for assessing whether response plans or policies in place can meet established objectives and/or desired goals.
Many clients call upon IEM to develop new models or evaluate and improve existing ones. We can fine-tune our modeling to incorporate specific elements that reflect industry standards or best practices and the most current scientific data. We also build customized models to directly meet clients’ needs.
IEM’s epidemiological models help health officials understand the complex dynamics of infectious disease spread so that critical discussions about potential control measures and underlying assumptions can begin. Because Zika is predominantly spread by mosquitos, our models include factors that impact mosquito growth as well as mosquito control measures.
IEM has nearly 30 years of experience in transportation analysis and is well versed in the U.S. and worldwide travel databases to understand population movement via land, air, and sea. As Zika virus continues to spread north in the Americas, understanding the travel patterns and population movement is a critical factor in estimating the risk and transmission patterns of Zika.
GIS / Geospatial Technologies
To help deliver a common operating guide to planners, operators, and decision makers in emergency management, homeland security, and defense, IEM provides a broad spectrum of GIS services. This includes custom mapping, data development and automation, data integration, data quality assurance and quality control, GPS field data analysis, and custom software development using open source technology. Explore interactive Zika maps to visualize level of risk and understand the relationships between factors that influence Zika transmission, such as the range of certain mosquito populations, travel patterns, and climate conditions.
Medical Consequence Modeling
IEM’s medical consequence models illustrate how public health preparedness capabilities can be deployed in controlling mosquito populations, public education programs, and potential medical countermeasures to treat or prevent Zika virus infections. These models provide a platform for public health officials to explore various strategies to minimize a Zika outbreak in the U.S.