Educational Meeting: Public Safety

  • Thursday, May 26, 2011
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • MTC, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, CA 94607


  • Special price for members

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Public Safety

Regional Emergency Response Cartography and GIS development.

 Ethan Mobley, AICP & Brian Greer – Michael Baker Jr. Inc.

 Ethan Mobley is a planning manager with 10 year experience working as Federal consultant at Michael Baker Jr. Inc, and is currently the project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Delta Levee Emergency Management Plan.  The Baker team is currently providing products to enable first responders and flood fight personnel to quickly identify flood fight strategy in a multi- hazard event (earthquake and flood).  Baker is leading a Delta wide regional GIS data collection effort to standardize spatial information used by local, state and Federal Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) in the region. Ethan willspecifically address data development and GIS interoperability between local, state and federal data sets within the Delta.

 Multi-hazard loss estimation in GIS with Hazus.

 Stefan Zink – Michael Baker Jr. Inc.

 Stefan Zink is a GIS Specialist with Michael Baker Jr., Inc.  Since his start with the company over 4 years ago, he has been involved in risk assessment with Hazus, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s multi-hazard loss estimation software. Hazus contains models that use GIS for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. Stefan has participated in several flood risk assessment projects on local, state, and national levels. As Hazus subject matter expert and member of the FEMA cadre of Hazus trainers, he also provides training, presentations, workshops, and public outreach. Stefan will give an introduction to the Hazus software and its functionality in the context of public safety.

 Federal Overview of Geospatial Programs 

Terrence Newsome, HIFLD to the Regions(HTTR)

Booz Allen Hamilton

Overviews of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (U.S. DHS), the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level Data (HIFLD) Working Group geospatial capabilities will be given.  Topics covered include geospatial viewers, such as the Integrated Common Analytical Viewer (iCAV) Next Gen and DHS Earth (based on the Google Earth platform), along with the Homeland Security Infrastructure Program (HSIP) Gold and Freedom datasets.

Marconi, EBMUD’s open-source Emergency Planning & Response tool

Xavier Irias, Director of Engineering and Construction

East Bay Municipal Utility District

East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is a water and wastewater utility in the SF Bay Area.  Emergency planning and response are important to EBMUD in order to maximize water service to its 1,300,000 customers even after a major disaster.  With over 4,100 miles of pipe and hundreds of major facilities in five counties, EBMUD will rely on rapid mapping of damage to its system in order to orchestrate a quick and effective response to an emergency.


EBMUD has developed an open-source software tool known as Marconi to facilitate its emergency planning and response plans.  Marconi is a disaster-lifecycle tool, aiding with pre-disaster scenario planning as well as post-disaster response and recovery.  During his talk, Xavier will focus on a few capabilities of Marconi of particular relevance to mapping professionals:  its loosely-coupled integration with commercial and free mapping tools, its integration with the USGS ShakeCast software for purposes of near real-time earthquake damage modeling, and integration of geospatial data from disparate sources.  Along the way, Xavier will share his observations of what might happen when the “big one” hits and how we should respond.

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