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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.


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

  • FirePlotter is organised into Tasks and Views

  • Standard layers have default zoom level displays

  • New layers easily added


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

Brigade assignments and burnt area displayed over images of the local Street Atlas


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

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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