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Project To Speed Safety/Damage Assessments Thru Interoperable Mobile Field Inspection Technology. Final Report on Outcome & Recommendations from Pilot & Golden Guardian Demonstrations Robert Wible, Project Director, “The L.A.Basin Project” December 19, 2008, CA OES, Mather, CA. The Problem.

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project to speed safety damage assessments thru interoperable mobile field inspection technology

Project To Speed Safety/Damage Assessments Thru Interoperable Mobile Field Inspection Technology

Final Report on Outcome & Recommendations from Pilot & Golden Guardian Demonstrations

Robert Wible, Project Director, “The L.A.Basin Project”

December 19, 2008, CA OES, Mather, CA

the problem
The Problem

In the aftermath of a disaster

what can be done to speed:

- Conducting of safety/damage

Inspections?

- Getting inspection results

Into central database to understand magnitude?

- Completion & submission of ATC forms to get victims & Federal disaster assistance funds?

lessons from katrina
Lessons from Katrina:

Mobile inspection technology

can significantly speed

conducting & compiling

safety/damage assessments & immediately enter results onto forms to speed claims / recovery - 120,000 homes in 6 weeks!

the question
The Question:
  • Can we build on Katrina

Lesson in California but

radically speed up process

by expanding number

of inspectors available

& enabling them to

bring and use their

own diverse hardware

/software forming an interoperable regional, and then a state-wide network?

origin purpose of project
Origin & Purpose of Project
  • Briefings, spring 2006 State of CA OHS, City of L.A. & L.A. Basin Chapter of ICC by Robert Wible in wake of experience with Katrina & PNWER “Blue Cascades III Exercise”
  • Design project to ascertain feasibility & conduct proof of concept demonstrations that diverse hardware & software can be linked & used to create regional/statewide network of inspectors to rapidly conduct, transmit to central database safety/damage assessments in aftermath of major disaster
the l a basin project
“The L.A. Basin Project”
  • In 2007 - CA OHS support, CA OES grant from U.S. DHS to:
  • Work in L.A. Basin to “Demonstrate Regional Interoperability of Mobile Safety/Damage Assessment & Inspection Technologies to prove the concept that CA & local governments can build first a regional and then a national network of safety/damage assessment inspectors to speed disaster reporting & recovery”
project participants
Project Participants
  • Project Team: Robert Wible, RW Associates, Paul Watkins, Chair ITIA Committee, Neville Pereira – Chair L.A. Basin Chapter ICC Admin. Committee (Glendale) & David Schnitger, Vice Chair (Los Angeles), Alliance I.T. Industry Advisory Committee
  • C A OES Project Oversight: Michael Sabbaghian & Jim Barnes
  • Initiated May, 2008
l a basin project scope of work
“L. A Basin Project” Scope of Work
  • Proposed Four Phases – U.S. DHS Grant funded Phase I & Phase II ($125,000)
  • Phase I - Design & conduct feasibility study – include survey all L.A. Basin jurisdictions regarding mobile technology
  • Phase II – Design conduct Pilot Demonstration & design, conduct Expanded Demonstration during Golden Guardian - Report lessons & recommendations towards building a Regional (Phase III) & Statewide (Phase IV) Networks
phase i feasibility study
Phase I - Feasibility Study
  • May – June, 2008:

- Design & conduct survey of 84 jurisdictions in L.A. Basin region

- Identify jurisdictions with appropriate technology (84 / 13)

- Research/report feasibility of interoperability of linking that diverse hardware/software

- Identify 4 to participate in Pilot demonstration

phase ii demonstrations report lessons recommendations for networks

IVR and MOBILE

INTERNET or VPN

JURI

DATA

STAGED and

INSPECTION DATA

DEVICES with PROPAGATED

DATA

PAPER-BASED

FORMS

FEMA

FORMS

Phase II – Demonstrations & Report Lessons & Recommendations for Networks
  • Pilot Demonstration:

- Design methodology to use / link diverse

hardware &

software &

get it to

compile data

& send to

central point

phase ii pilot demonstration
Phase II - Pilot Demonstration
  • August 27, 2008:
  • Jurisdictions of: Gardena,

Glendale,

San Dimas &

Santa Clarita

8 different devices

3 different software

systems & all:

pulled down addresses, conducted inspections,

uploaded to central data point & downloaded inspection

results onto ATC – 20 forms

pilot lessons recommendations
Pilot Lessons & Recommendations
  • Interoperability worked
  • Uniform Address issue
  • Need redundancy
  • Expand Demo during

Golden Guardian but

put under stress

  • Need & interest for

developing network &

expand outreach to interest other states in developing similar networks

phase ii expanded demonstration during golden guardian
Phase II – Expanded Demonstration During Golden Guardian
  • Revised Methodology - Expand number of jurisdictions but also:

- Test under realistic disaster conditions

- “Grab and go”

- Use more IVR

- Use paper inspection forms – scan to upload

- Central data point in GG SOC Sacramento

- Mockup actual building – LAUSD Middle School #3 S. Shatto Place, L.A.

november 14 golden guardian expanded demonstration
November 14 – Golden Guardian Expanded Demonstration
  • Seven Jurisdictions Participated: Gardena, Glendale, San Dimas, Santa Clarita, Monrovia, City of L.A. & Riverside Co.

- Eight diverse hardware/software systems

- Three smartphones & IVR inspections- all from marked up Middle School # 3

- Tested under both simulated (GG) & actual disaster conditions (fires)

lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Simulated & actual

damage conditions

were successful test

of technologies

  • Paper-based & IVR

inspections strengthen

future system

  • Inspection of mocked up school beneficial
  • Need to simplify all aspects of technology
recommendations from golden guardian demo to ca oes ohs
Recommendations from Golden Guardian Demo to CA OES / OHS
  • Regional Network can be readily built using mobile technology, IVR & paper
  • Keep system simple
  • Conduct more mock-ups in future exercises
  • Work on issue of address uniformity
  • Work on interoperability standard to go into future procurements of IT
  • Build Regional & then Statewide Network
  • Share outcome from Phase II with other states
recommendations to others
Recommendations to Others:
  • To CA Local Jurisdictions

- Test mobile technology in future drills

- Train more staff in safety/damage assessments

- Working with state to build network

  • To Vendors

- Work with state on interoperability standard & network

  • To U.S. DHS

- Assist CA building network in Phase III & IV

- Consider national uniform address system

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The Question – Can CA Build Interoperable Network of Safety/Damage Assessment Inspections & Speed Process ?
  • A resounding YES, and soon and open to all jurisdictions whether they have mobile inspection technology or use paper-based inspections
  • Phase III – S. California Regional Network by end 2009
  • Phase IV – Statewide Network 2011
questions
Questions ?
  • Contact:
  • Project Director Robert Wible at:

[email protected] or 703-568-2323

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