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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
  • 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

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

The Environment

  • Limited Data Availability
  • Limited Data Transfer Capacity
  • Limited Software – Hardware Uptake
  • Limited $$
the challenges2
The Challenges

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

Data Sets

  • Large sizes and numbers
  • Variable metadata and range of custodians
  • Optional formats
the situation1
The Situation

Software – Hardware

  • Industry norm = High-end functionality
  • Flexible but expensive in time
the situation2
The Situation

Training Overhead High

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

Variable!

the approaches
The Approaches

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

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

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

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
  • 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
  • First phase

MapInfo v2

  • Second phase

MI Proviewer / MI Pro / ARMS

  • Current phase

Fire Plotter / MI Pro / MI Discovery

fire symbols
Fire Symbols
  • 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
  • MapX engine
  • Custom Front End
  • TFS retains IP
  • ~$400/ license
  • $10K for v1.0
  • +$20K for v2.0
fire plotter1
Fire Plotter
  • 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.
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FirePlotter is organised into Tasks and Views

  • Standard layers have default zoom level displays
  • New layers easily added
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Export is as a JPG of the window

Printing is to a MS Word Template

oziexplorer
OZIEXPLORER
  • 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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