Why geospatial data is useful for fire safety planning
When it comes to fire safety, aerial mapping and geospatial data play a vital role in creating logical, compliant and up-to-date fire evacuation plans for developments of all sizes. These tools can be used across emergency management phases such as mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, and to identify wildfire hazard zones. The information gleaned from geospatial data can be used to assist in risk evaluation and reduction initiatives before disaster strikes, as well as verifying hazard and loss models in the wake of devastation.
During wildfires, emergency services as well as state and federal governments need access to up-to-date spatial information to minimize damage. Details like current vegetation, slope, aspect, infrastructure, infrastructure location, evacuation routes, hazardous areas and locations of water sources can be invaluable to those fighting the fire — and most of this information can be extracted from aerial mapping and geospatial data. Detailed and current orthographic views can assist with tasks like defining points in terms of coordinates, measuring and digitizing vectors, accurately measuring distances and areas, plus more benefits that we will cover here.
Measurement tools available with geospatial data
Digital location analysis services like Nearmap are loaded with useful measurement tools that make development site inspections easier and more cost-effective. Things like high-resolution orthographic views, 3D mapping technology and oblique aerial imagery give you the power to calculate exact distances between points, which is particularly useful for fire safety inspections. You can see nearby water sources at a glance and ascertain more precise measurements for reports.
One of the biggest benefits of using geospatial data as a risk assessment tool in fire safety planning is being able to conduct investigations and evaluations completely off-site. Travel times and costs are drastically reduced, meaning you can better utilize your team to complete other tasks pertinent to your development. This is particularly beneficial for large, long-term developments that take years to complete, as you are able to keep an eye on any topographical changes without site visits. Finding distances remotely is also a safer option — minimizing the number of times staff need to get kitted out in steel-capped boots and helmets to conduct the work.