TQI Solutions Joins VMASC Industry Association
NORFOLK,Va., August 1, 2012 – A relatively new member to Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center is TQI Solutions Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business corporation located at 870 N. Military Hwy, Suite 112, Norfolk. TQI provides consulting services to government and industry in the areas of test and evaluation, requirements, system engineering, program/project management, cyber-security, and modeling and simulations. “Throughout the past five years our major efforts have been primarily focused on major Department of Defense, Acquisition Category 1 programs ranging from C4I and C2 systems to aircraft weapons systems,” said Tom Quinn, president and owner, TQI Solutions. “This year leveraging our modeling and simulation capabilities we are expanding business into other federal government agencies and industry.” Quinn, a retired Naval officer and previous Booz Allen Hamilton executive, started TQI in April 2007 with a major Defense Information Systems Agency contract.
“We have a current staff of 17 and average annual revenues of $3.0 million,” said Quinn. “Since the inception of our Hampton Roads office more than five years ago, TQI Solutions has been engaged in equitable and collaborative relationships with small and large businesses in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, San Diego, California, National Capital Region, and Lexington Park, Maryland, as either a prime or sub-contractor.” “Unlike a lot of small businesses in the Defense market we are fortunate to have several contract vehicles available for our clients and prospective clients,” said Jeff Craig, vice president and director of East Coast operations. “Contract vehicles include General Services Administration, SeaPort-E, Pillars, Logistics Maintenance and Supply Support, Joint Test & Evaluation Program, and Reliability Information Analysis Center, and most recently the Test & Evaluation Mission Support Service.” TQI provides responsive, trustworthy, and cost-effective M&S supporting the DoD system lifecycle, beginning with the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System, and the acquisition process, through system operation, sustainment and disposal, ensuring an integrated approach. “We are beginning to see recognition within the testing community, that M&S has a complementary role to play with respect to live testing,” said Quinn. “M&S provides an objective frame of reference for testing individual systems and evaluating joint capabilities. We are seeing increased use of modeling the test plan and running a simulation before execution. This application of M&S is a cost efficient means to reduce risk and save time.”
Outside of Defense there are other M&S opportunities TQI is pursuing such as in the areas of medical, logistics and intermodal transportation, and homeland security. “Through our relationship with Eastern Virginia Medical School and the National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling & Simulation, we have learned the M&S opportunities within the medical market are bigger than most think, said Quinn. “For example there is no known model of the US medical system at either the state or national level. Such models would be of immense value when trying to predict the nation’s ability to deal with any sort of health epidemic.” TQI sees similar M&S opportunities in the areas of logistics and intermodal transportation, and homeland security.
“We live in one of the most challenging pieces of terrain for both intermodal logistics and passenger transportation,” said Quinn. “Just the daily commute to and from the Peninsula is a nightmare. We see a need for a comprehensive, Hampton Roads metropolitan, logistics and passenger transportation model to help solve the problem.” As great as the M&S opportunities are within medical, and logistics and intermodal transportation areas, TQI sees the opportunities for M&S within homeland security is even larger. “Norfolk is identified as one of the highest risk Urban Areas, said Quinn. “As a result we need to be looking at how M&S can help our involvement in the Urban Areas Security Initiative, Metropolitan Medical Response System, and the Citizen Corps Program.”