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Big Things from Small Packages – Some Approaches to Field Mapping in the Fire Services. EMSINA Workshop Team September 2003. Introduction. Brief background to use of spatial technologies in fire services Discussion of the current situation Overview of some different approaches

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Big things from small packages some approaches to field mapping in the fire services

Big Things from Small Packages – Some Approaches to Field Mapping in the Fire Services

EMSINA Workshop Team

September 2003


Introduction
Introduction Mapping in the Fire Services

  • Brief background to use of spatial technologies in fire services

  • Discussion of the current situation

  • Overview of some different approaches

  • Demonstrations


The challenges
The Challenges Mapping in the Fire Services

The Culture

  • Task Focus of Fire Fighters

  • Limited Use of Spatial Technologies

  • Reliance on undocumented local knowledge to overcome data inaccuracies


The challenges1
The Challenges Mapping in the Fire Services

The Environment

  • Limited Data Availability

  • Limited Data Transfer Capacity

  • Limited Software – Hardware Uptake

  • Limited $$


The challenges2
The Challenges Mapping in the Fire Services

The Needs

  • Briefing and scene setting

  • Paper map replacements

  • Post-incident analysis / debriefing

  • Fire management planning

  • Spatial analysis technology and products


The situation
The Situation Mapping in the Fire Services

Data Sets

  • Large sizes and numbers

  • Variable metadata and range of custodians

  • Optional formats


The situation1
The Situation Mapping in the Fire Services

Software – Hardware

  • Industry norm = High-end functionality

  • Flexible but expensive in time


The situation2
The Situation Mapping in the Fire Services

Training Overhead High

Outcomes?..................

Variable!


The approaches
The Approaches Mapping in the Fire Services

Reproduce Paper Maps

  • Scanned images annotated in a drawing package

    +ve no special skills, drawing and printing from standard packages

    -ve output limited by input scan resolution, printing device and design ability


The approaches1
The Approaches Mapping in the Fire Services

Use Map Viewers

  • Higher level user sets up data and does any analysis

  • Local user displays, zooms, pans, annotates, prints

    +ve limited special skills, drawing and printing from limited range

    -ve limited output options, requirement for additional software and training for control can be clumsy


The approaches2
The Approaches Mapping in the Fire Services

Use partly enabled / run time / custom software packages

  • Allows agency control over most aspects of implementation

    +ve Responsive to evolving needs and capacities, Provides tailored solutions.

    -ve May be incomplete solution, Needs specialist programming, tailored training and support


The approaches3
The Approaches Mapping in the Fire Services

Use fully enabled software packages

  • Needs specialist training and support

  • Requires significant capital investment

  • Difficult to provide resources for multiple fires

  • Great products!


Summary
Summary Mapping in the Fire Services

  • Fire services are predominantly low end users of spatial technology.

  • The majority of fire service personnel are at the Viewer or User level

  • Spatial technology take up is partly culture and partly conservatism


Tasmania fire service
Tasmania Fire Service Mapping in the Fire Services

  • First phase

    MapInfo v2

  • Second phase

    MI Proviewer / MI Pro / ARMS

  • Current phase

    Fire Plotter / MI Pro / MI Discovery


Fire symbols
Fire Symbols Mapping in the Fire Services

  • Three fire authorities in Tasmania

  • GIS usage includes both ESRI and MI products

  • Single symbol and line set created for both systems


Fire plotter
Fire Plotter Mapping in the Fire Services

  • MapX engine

  • Custom Front End

  • TFS retains IP

  • ~$400/ license

  • $10K for v1.0

  • +$20K for v2.0


Fire plotter1
Fire Plotter Mapping in the Fire Services

  • Task focussed

  • Development driven by user group demand and prioritisation

  • V1 designed to view scanned images and imported data.

  • V2 designed to allow GPS input and to manipulate data.




Export is as a JPG of the window the local Street Atlas

Printing is to a MS Word Template


Oziexplorer
OZIEXPLORER the local Street Atlas

  • Began as a low end application for 4WD

  • Enthusiastic programmer willing to customise

  • Very capable

  • Very popular in volunteer circles (esp. SA & Vic)

  • $US75

  • www.oziexplorer.com


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