GIS Tech News (#25)

20 Nov, 2006 By: Kenneth Wong

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Making the Most of the Golden Hour

ESRI launches the AEGIS for mobile medical response teams

Ed Carubis from ESRI Professional Services was feeling the heat, quite literally. In late October, when the Esperanza fire spread through the mountainous regions of Palm Springs, California, Loma Linda authorities dispatched a mobile healthcare vehicle -- a miniature emergency room on wheels -- to the disaster site. In addition to the necessary medical equipment, the vehicle’s onboard setup includes the AEGIS (Advanced Emergency Geographic Information System) -- a state-of-the-art, Web-based system for accessing and monitoring rescue aircraft locations, highway traffic and other critical emergency resources nearby. Carubis, former CIO of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and now a senior consultant to ESRI, is heavily involved in the development of the AEGIS, so he rode along to see if the system could stand up to the wildfire's menace.

The Esperanza fire's perimeters are displayed within the AEGIS, overlaid on topographic and street map data.

AEGIS was conceived at the Center for Prehospital Care, Education and Research at LLUMC ( Loma Linda University Medical Center). Jeff Grange, the Center's Emergency Medical Services director, was the visionary responsible for the idea of putting an emergency room inside an all-purpose, all-terrain vehicle.

According to Bill Davenhall, manager of the Health Solutions Group at ESRI, "[LLUMC] wants to look into the future to see what the emergency room of the future would need. Dr. Grange's vision is to have as much telemetry as possible in the vehicle so the satellite medical staff can beam things like X-rays back to the 'mother ship' -- the hospital."

Grange observed, "[The digital map] will give [medical personnel] the big picture. It gets the right information to the right people so they can make the right decisions." And that information can make the difference between life and death for patients in the care of a mobile medical vehicle.
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Cleaned-Up Approach to Sewer System Mapping

By Kenneth Wong

Here's another side of Orange County -- the underbelly of the idyllic harbor-front community featured in the television show O.C. Beneath those pricey mansions and their perfectly manicured lawns run 581 miles of sewer lines. Every day the complex network of pipes and tunnels directs 233 million gallons of wastewater -- the output of 2.5 million people -- into two treatment plants. Then it pumps the treated content into the ocean 200' below the surface.

It's up to the Engineering Data Management Group at OCSD (Orange County Sanitation District) to keep track of all the manholes, pump stations, pipes, valves and other structural elements within this wastewater collection system so the field crews know exactly where each asset is. This aspect of Orange County life isn't glamorous or fun, but somebody's got to do it. And it does get a bit easier with Autodesk Map 3D. Read More >>

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Map World Forum
January 22-25, 2007
Hyderabad, India
Map World Forum will bring together the global geospatial community and end users of geospatial information for activities in the form of seminars, workshops and panel discussions covering technology, policy and user-oriented themes at a global level. Read more

GITA Annual Conference 30
March 4-7, 2007
San Antonio, Texas
This conference will include 15 new seminars, 99 technical paper presentations, and other programming dedicated to GIS and other geospatial technologies as they relate to government agencies, telecommunication organizations, pipeline companies and electric, water and gas utilities. Read more

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