Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2014 CGIA GeoSummit

The 2014 GeoSummit will be held at UC Merced, March 14th (register by March 7th)

Please consider attending - it's free and this a great way to find out more about GIS Resources in California. I will be giving a talk on GIS in Disaster Response, including Search and Rescue.

For more information see the flier below and register online (by March 7th) at http://communityresearch.ucmerced.edu/form/gis-integrating-your-community-world-life

Monday, February 3, 2014

6th Annual SARGIS Meeting #SARGIS6

We are going to West Virginia....and Dunsmuir, CA

View Larger Map - click on the points to see who is currently going to attend SARGIS6

Dates: June 19th - 22nd, 2014

  • Training will be available Thursday all-day and Friday morning
  • Friday night will be a public seminar and social
  • Saturday and Sunday will be an interactive meeting with presentations, demonstrations, and discussion

  • SARGIS6 West: Dunsmuir, California (FireWhat, Inc Headquarters)
  • SARGIS6 East: Morgantown, West Virginia (Exact location TBD)

Free - although a small charitable donation on-site will be appreciated!

Training Prerequisites: 
This training opportunity is meant for people who would already have GIS training and want to learn how to use the ArcGIS Desktop template for SAR or SAR professionals who are willing to prepare for the training by completing some free online training.

Proposed West Coast Agenda (Joined by webcast in bold)

  • 0830h - Introductions
  • 0900h - MapSAR Training Session I
  • 1200h - Lunch
  • 1300h - MapSAR Training Session II
  • 1700h - Wrap-up
  • 0900h - MapSAR Training Session III
  • 1200h - Lunch
  • 1300h - MapSAR Q&A
  • 1600h - Presentation: Why use GIS for WiSAR?
  • 1730h - Welcome / Social
  • 0800h - Presentation: 2013 SARGIS Review, 2014 What's coming next?
  • 0900h - Introductions
  • 0930h - Demonstration: Introduction to MapSAR (part I)
  • 1030h - Presentation / Discussion : How to use Cell Phone data for SAR? 
  • 1130h - Demonstration: Finding local base data
  • 1200h - Lunch
  • 1300h - PresentationDiscussion: Satellite Emergency Notification Devices 
  • 1400h - Hands On: Making maps with MapSAR
  • 1500h - Field Demonstrations: UAVs and GPS
  • 1730h - End of meeting
  • 0900h - Presentation: SARGIS Case Studies
  • 0930h - Hands On: Making maps with MapSAR (part II)
  • 1030h - Presentation: What's new in Lost Person Behavior?
  • 1130h - Discussion: What do we want to accomplish in 2014?
  • 1200h - Lunch
  • 1300h - Demonstration: Advanced MapSAR
  • 1400h - Discussion: Q&A with Esri
  • 1500h - End of meeting
This agenda will likely be modified based on feedback from the group but I thought I would give you all an idea of how it will work. 

Atlantic Schedule TBD (Joined by webcast in bold)

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Where is the Mountain Rescue Association?

Central Arizona Mountain Rescue -- Technical search and rescue in Arizona's rugged backcountry. Temperature extremes, expansive wilderness, and unforgiving topography are the standard. This team operates anywhere, anytime, and in any weather. 

I am writing from Salt Lake City, Utah where the Mountain Rescue Association is having their winter meeting. While they are here, MRA members are discussing their annual budget, how to preserve their history, training, future events, collaboration, and let others know what they do. 

They are also discussing how they will collect incident data in the coming year and this was a good opportunity to talk about mapping and the power of GIS. I am honored for the invite and thought I would take a moment to help get their message out. Stay tuned for more great news from this meeting!!!

So who is the MRA? 

From the MRA blog...

The Mountain Rescue Association is an organization of teams dedicated to saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education.  We do so by improving the quality, availability, and safety of mountain search and rescue through; 

  • Creating a framework for and accrediting member teams 
  • Promoting mountain safety education
  • Providing a forum for development and exchange of information on mountain search and rescue techniques,  equipment, and safety
  • Representing member teams providing mountain search and rescue services to requesting governmental agencies 

The Mountain Rescue Association creates excellence through:

  •   Professionalism
  •   Integrity
  •   Camaraderie
  •   Dedication
  •   Respect
  •   Knowledge

Courage - Commitment - Compassion

Where is the MRA active?

This is a tough question to answer as many of their incidents are inter-agency and far from team headquarters. Without a nationwide search and rescue incident records management system the 'where' and 'how many' questions are tough to answer. 

However, I was able to gather some data from the MRA Teams website and quickly make this map using Esri Maps for Office. 

Don't forget Alaska!

How can we help the MRA?