GIS Key to Flood and Fire Management, Disaster Conference Told

A few weeks ago Gary Johnson, our Principal Consultant for Financial Services , blogged about an event he was going to be presenting at. Well, that event – the Australian Property Institute’s (API) Natural Disaster Conference –  was held in Sydney today!

During his presentation, Gary spoke about how Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is the key to reducing the social and economic tolls of flood, fire and extreme weather events.

Insurers, financial lenders, lawmakers, spatial industry experts, property experts and emergency services leaders attended the conference which was co-hosted by the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) to discuss how to better understand and respond to the risks to property and life posed by natural disasters such as the recent Queensland floods.
Gary said the problem of managing natural disasters could be separated into five separate issues – mitigation, planning, managing the event itself, recovery and community engagement.

“Location is a common component within all industries and a consistent factor across all of these areas. GIS in turn is integral to meeting the challenge of each of these issues,” he said.

“GIS is a proven platform that can bring together all these issues and enable us to understand the relationships between our natural and built environments. For example, mitigation could involve builders or governments deciding where to build, or which areas to leave as flood plains.

“GIS can be used to layer flood data over development site maps to see where flood-lines are and which areas are impacted. Insurers could also use this information to determine which properties are at risk, who they will insure and at what cost.”

Find out more about what Gary had to say in the article on the the ASM (Asian Surveying and Mapping) website.

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