Some post-retirement awards presented to David Lovelock.
In recognition of his efforts related to the development of Computer Aided Search Information Exchange (CASIE) software. This computer software has been distributed free-of-charge for over 20 years to aid Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel in the management of search incidents for lost individuals. Dave, a University of Arizona Mathematician by profession, combined talents with the late John M. Bownds, Michael J. Ebersole, Daniel J. O'Connor, and Richard J. Toman in the development of CASIE and more recently the Windows Version of Win CASIE III. SAR personnel as well as search subjects around the country have been touched by the tireless work that has gone into this project. Undoubtedly search incidents have been managed more efficiently and lives have been saved through the use of this software. For his tireless dedication to this project, which has directly aided the National Park Service and will continue to benefit the agency for years to come, Dave Lovelock is nominated for the National Park Service Search And Rescue Award.
Pima County Sherifff Clarence Dupnick making the presentation to Dr. David Lovelock
This award recognizes significant contributions to search and rescue at the national level. It is granted solely on merit and is the most prestigious award presented by NASAR.
For over a quarter of a century, Dr. David Lovelock has been a volunteer teacher and consultant to the SAR community. David was the first person to program a personal computer to accelerate the processing of the initial consensus and Probability Of Area updates using Bayes Theorem. David's efforts have resulted in dramatically increased effectiveness in the management of complex SAR missions, and continue with his latest release of the free Windows based WCASIE software, a comprehensive SAR management toolbox.
For over a quarter of a century, Dr. David Lovelock has been a volunteer teacher and consultant to the SAR community. As a mathematician and programmer, David was the first person to program a personal computer to accelerate the processing of search calculations related to the initial consensus and POA updates using Bayes Theorem. This development alone freed land search managers from doing these laborious calculations by hand, allowing instantaneous results and saving hours of precious time. As the principal creator and programmer of the CASIE (Computer-Aided Search Information Exchange) software, David has recently released a Windows version of this application that provides search managers with a comprehensive toolbox of mathematical and administrative functions. In conjunction with his role as a contributor to NASAR's second edition MLPI text, David has incorporated training modules in WCASIE to assist MLPI instructors with teaching the course, making the calculations easier and more transparent to students. He even authored pro bono an adapted version of WCASIE now loaded into every mobile data terminal of the Pima County Sheriff's vehicles and used on all SAR missions. He continues his contributions to SAR on a monthly basis refining and adapting it for land, air and sea SAR use from foot travel speed to Mach 1. David's efforts through the years have resulted in dramatically increased effectiveness in the management of complex large-scale SAR missions, aiding SAR teams and agencies across the country. All of these contributions have been as an unpaid volunteer, in David's own words, for the "pure and simple hope of saving lives. "
From left to right: Dep. Jesse Robinson, Sgt. Ursula Ritchie, Sgt. Dave Noland, Lt. Jeff Newnum, Lt. Mark Christian accepting award for Sgt. Aaron Dick, Sgt. Eric Johnson, Dr. David Lovelock.