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Field trials of Live Impact Assessment a Success

Posted 12 August 2013 by Sean Fishlock (Crisisworks)

Last week the Crisisworks team travelled to Gippsland for a live impact assessment field exercise. A pilot council, East Gippsland Shire, has begun testing the new Crisisworks mobile applications. The Crisisworks integration of the tool which is available on iOS and Android, is soon to be released and judging by the field tests, is likely to have enormous benefts for Crisisworks users.

Feedback from trial participant

The East Gippsland field tests were conducted with an iPad. A storm event on the 6th saw the State Emergency Service received 60 calls for assistance across the region with wind gusts of up to 100kph causing extensive damage. On the 9th, Crisisworks staff travelled a 45 kilometre stretch of rugged unsealed road with council staff for the live trial.

Back at the council offices, executives were able to watch on a projected Crisisworks dashboard as the newly captured impact assessments and cost estimates appear in real-time. During the trial more than 100 points were added to the map, more than 8 photos taken as evidence and millions of dollars in asset damage was tracked.

The Crisisworks app introduces GPS and offline functionality as well as new asset tracking feature to Crisisworks where assets can be created on-the-fly as required to build up a database. 

One of the interesting outcomes of the trial was that it was shown to be able to track more damage than using the existing manual systems. For councils, at least, this presents a solid business case as the more efficient the impact tracking, the greater the amount that can be claimed back following an incident and the less costs to the ratepayer.

Council officers enter asset damage using an iPad

Using the camera function of the iPad to capture asset damage

Based on the trial, improvements are being made in preparation for a wider release to Crisisworks users.

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