L-065 Report on the March 2000 Thames User Group Meetings

June 2000
Rodrigue Boulay (Mitigation Methods)

The Threat Hazard Assessment Methodology Software, THAMES, was developed as an MS - DOS application in 1995 by NIMIC. The decision to undertake the development of a Windows® version of THAMES was approved by the NIMIC Steering Committee (SC) in 1997. Following consultation meetings primarily in the UK, the US and France and the THAMES User Group (TUG) meeting held in 1998 at TNO-PML, the development plan for THAMES 3 for Windows® was separated into four versions (3.0 to 3.3). This was done to take into considerations all the requirements that have been identified and spread the work over a period of two to three years based upon the required support and resources being provided. However, the adequate resources could not be allocated to the development of THAMES and the project kept falling behind despite a good start. The current requirement of the NIMIC SC is to complete version 3.0 by October 2000. Any further development has not been endorsed yet. A decision on the future of THAMES 3 for Windows® is expected at the 24th NIMIC Steering Committee meeting that will be held on 24-25 October 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Three THAMES Users Group meetings were held in March 2000. The aims of these meetings were to discuss issues the users had about the application, survey the level of interest that exists in continuing the development of THAMES 3.0 and identify the areas of priority for any further development of THAMES. In order to encourage participation and reduce travelling costs to the THAMES Users, the meetings were held as follows:

  • NATO HQ on 20 March 2000,
  • Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Arlington, Virginia, US on 27 March 2000, and
  • NAWC China Lake, California, US on 28-29 March 2000.