A sophisticated mapping website that guided Brisbane through the January 2011 Flood has been recognised for its significant contribution to the community, after winning a Merit at the National iAwards.
Esri Australia’s Brisbane City Council (BCC) Flood Map, which was developed using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, received the accolade in the prestigious iAwards’ ‘e-Government’ category.
Flood Map compiled flood data from across disaster-struck Brisbane – such as flood peaks, road closures and evacuation centres – onto a map to provide a comprehensive, real-time picture of the flood.
It was a key information source for emergency response teams and the Brisbane City Council, guiding recovery operations and supporting critical decisions; and received more than three million hits from members of the public who accessed the map at the height of the crisis.
The ongoing development of the concept for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) during Queensland’s Tropical Cyclone Yasi saw the integration of social media updates – the technology crowd sourced tweets, Flickr photos and YouTube videos and linked them to their relevant location on the map.
“This was a monumental innovation because it provided every Australian with a direct connection to how communities were responding to the crises,” said Brett Bundock, Esri Australia’s Managing Director.
“It was the first time during a disaster situation in this country that such an enormous collection of community-generated material and official information had been combined on the one interface.”