During a time of disaster delivering vital information to assist in recovery operations is critical. This is where the role of the Rapid Damage Assessment (RDA) becomes so important. Rapid Damage Assessment is required to provide information on two fronts.
Firstly, for emergency relief management, the need for a quick assessment of damage can form the basis for medical relief and emergency shelter or provisions to be deployed to the disaster area quickly. Secondly, a detailed assessment of the damage will deliver vital information to assist in the long term recovery operations.
What an action-packed afternoon in the Geospatial Galaxy! After a delicious lunch, our own Christopher Brown and Walter Simonazzi gave the database administrators among us some handy tips on how to support their workflows by configuring ArcGIS for Server’s unique Geodatabase technology.
Next up was Lacuna Resolve’s Kerrie Purcell who touched on how GIS technology is transforming how we prepare and respond to natural disasters. Kerrie’s presentation was a timely reminder of the role GIS will play as we look for better ways to manage the devastating impacts of these events.
Despite its name, it’s not always sunny at the Sunshine Coast! Over the last four years, the region has been hit by numerous widespread storm and flooding events.
Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Martin Browne and Paul Grambauer provided a really interesting insight into the council’s application of GIS desktop and mobile systems to improve the speed of communication to emergency response services and the general public. Their presentation covered the Council’s technical infrastructure platform; rapid data gathering, QA, processing and publishing; and public interaction via the web, social media and mobile applications.
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Following this morning’s keynote presentation on GIS and cardiac health research, Claudia Retegan from the Royal College of Surgeons discussed another exciting application of GIS in the health arena. Claudia discussed the College’s Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality and its role in monitoring, analysing and reporting trends associated with potentially preventable surgical mortality.