Well we are very excited this morning! The sophisticated mapping website we developed that guided Brisbane through the January 2011 Flood – commonly known as the Brisbane City Council Flood Map – has been recognised for its significant contribution to the community, after winning a Merit at the National iAwards in Melbourne last night.
Flood Map received the accolade in the prestigious iAwards’ ‘e-Government’ category.
We’ve now been invited to take the innovation to Thailand, to compete in the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards later this year!!! Very exciting!
We think the Merit Award is a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work everyone put in during the Queensland natural disasters – good work everyone!
The iAwards celebrate the very best in Australian innovation – now in their 17th year, the awards honour both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation, and the contribution this innovation provides to the community.
For those who haven’t seen Flood Map – it compiled flood data from across disaster-struck Brisbane – such as flood peaks, road closures and evacuation centres – onto a map to provide a comprehensive, real-time picture of the flood.
It was a key information source for emergency response teams and the Brisbane City Council, guiding recovery operations and supporting critical decisions; and received more than three million hits from members of the public who accessed the map at the height of the crisis.
The ongoing development of the solution during Queensland’s Tropical Cyclone Yasi saw the integration of social media updates – the technology crowd sourced tweets, Flickr photos and YouTube videos and linked them to their relevant location on the map.
It was the first time during a disaster situation in this country that such an enormous collection of community-generated material and official information had been combined on the one interface.
This isn’t the first time the award has been recognised – last month it was one of two Australian organisations to win an SAG Award at the Esri International User Conference.
Congratulations again to everyone involved with Flood Map! Happy Friday!