Anatec has worked extensively with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and Ministry of Defence on the SAR Harmonisation project since 2001. The work involved using Anatec’s SAROp (Search & Rescue Optimisation) model to evaluate basing layouts and to develop a process for evaluating the performance of any proposed basing layouts for the UK Search & Rescue Region.

This has included analysis of significant SAR accident data gathered over several years to develop an improved understanding on the demands that have been, and are likely to be, placed on the UK SAR Helicopters.

SAROp has several different modules that allow comparison of the performance of a number of different basing layouts to identify optimal solution and also to demonstrate that they have sufficient capability to meet the requirements of the Regulator.

Examples of the modules within SAROP include:

  • Concurrency & Surge evaluation
  • Maximum and average times to all incidents
  • UKSRR coverage
  • Coverage to different risk areas
  • Number of incidents reached within 1 hour
  • Numbers of incidents within range
  • Average and max sortie times for different bases
  • Genetic Algorithm modeling to generate optimal base layouts with set criteria
  • Scenario modeling to assess busiest days for SAR helicopters
  • Regional level analysis to demonstrate impact of removing or relocating bases
  • Seasonal response analysis
  • Impact of different shift/response patterns

Adopting the SAROp model provides an efficient method for appraising and refining proposed SAR basing layouts. It also assures consistency of approach with the Regulator and uses their key criteria for measuring performance. This is complemented by the knowledge that Anatec has gained over the past 5 years working on this project.

Should you require any assistance please do not hesitate to contact Anatec.