New public Queensland Community Intelligence Map (CIM) for disasters

December 5, 2011

Geospatial, News

I’m working for Queensland Department of Community Safety  for six months, as a member of the All Hazards Information Management Program.  One of the projects on this program is the Public Engagement Capability Project which is delivering social media to the department and community.  On  December 1st, 2011 as part of the Emergency Services & Safety Website,  the Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services, The Honourable Neil Roberts  launched the new  “Community Intelligence Map“, or CIM, to provide  information to the public pertaining to disaster management.  Members of the public may now  seek useful information when disasters happen, by searching an address (including suburb/locality) or by zooming in on an area.

The new CIM is still in development, with plans to introduce new data layers, including real-time information during disaster events. There have been some teething pains in the first few days, but thanks to quick feedback from online users the issues are being quickly fixed by Esri Australia, MDS and the Department of Community Safety. (I have started a blog post for new users fo the CIM Map)

The information in CIM comes straight from the “Total Operational Mapping” (TOM2) system, developed by the GIS Unit of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service. TOM2 is used internally by Queensland disaster and emergency management organisations prior to and during emergency incidents .  (I’ll post more on TOM2 another time, but this case study from Esri Australia provides  good background from the Floods of last year.)

Data layers in CIM

1. A background map, MDS Foundation Map, is supplied as a service by Map Data Services (MDS),  using  data sourced from PSMA in Australia.  Much of the PSMA data for Queensland is itself sourced from Queensland Department of Resource Management (DERM).  The MDS Foundation Map  loads the base image tiles on which everything else is shown (unless this service loads, the remainder of the map will not operate).

2.  Statewide polygons/administration boundaries)

  • Local government areas
  • Disaster districts
  • Localities/suburbs
  • Rural fire brigades
  • Fire wardens

3. Statewide (feature points)

  • SES groups
  • Schools (which are often used as evacuation centres)
  • River gauges
  • Storm tide gauges

Proposed additions to data displayed in CIM

One possibility is that  ESCAD incident data (Vegetation Fires) currently displayed in test on the public bushfire incident website can be added, but there may be some administrative hurdles before this is feasible.

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Extensive experience working in government spatial data infrastructure. Over ten years as a bridge maker in emergency services, with strong partnering skills providing leadership for spatial information strategy.

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