by: Jessica McCall
In light of this year’s events, we want to highlight some recent technology that helps cities or counties to recover faster in the face of a natural disaster. Brockwell has developed SynCumulus, a web and mapping solution for field inspection of infrastructure damage or outages. SynCumulus is a hosted app and allows the user to connect live over Wi-Fi or cellular network, or use offline in case of an emergency where internet service is unavailable.
SynCumulus gives you access to your GIS in a mobile environment, allowing you to assess damage in the field and transmit that information back to the main GIS via built-in forms. Base maps can be provided by Google, and street views and directions are integrated to show visual and test descriptions. Navigation within the map is made easy with the simple icons located on the menus, and with the integration of Google Maps, users can see their location and get directions to the next inspection site or a particular feature.
During a disaster recovery period, field crews can use SynCumulus to retrieve images of the infrastructure prior to damage, make notes, and create inspections records based on the field crew’s assessment of the current damage.
Brockwell is also working closely with one of our partners, CycloMedia on an integration of AutoCAD and CycloMedia’s Street Smart™. Street Smart™ is the new interactive web viewer for GeoCycloramas™, and includes overlays and measurement functionality—Street Smart™ and all available data are directly accessed from the CycloMedia servers, so you can easily access the imagery without any changes to your existing IT infrastructure.
With street-level imagery, CycloMedia provides control rooms and staff remote visual support for review of infrastructure and measurements prior to natural disaster events. This can be helpful in times of recovery, when it is essential to gain a thorough understanding of the location and damage level so that recovery crews are equipped with all the information they need to proceed with repairs.
In an emergency, prior knowledge of the nature of buildings—for example, the number of floors and roofing materials—helps the fire department or recovery crews rapidly deploy optimal equipment. Emergency services can be quickly informed of any potential dangers or obstacles in their pathway to rescue. At Brockwell, we know that access to that information can be invaluable in some circumstances, and we work to make the process easy and efficient when you need it most.