Location intelligence brings clarity where there is uncertainty.

Putting information in the hands of decision makers quickly is the difference between life and death. Put this information on a map and suddenly it is easy to see where the problem is and how it can be fixed.

Location intelligence delivered through maps is essential for disaster mitigation, capacity building, sustainable development planning, decision support systems and climate change adaptation.

We have worked in over 30 countries solving international development problems using the power and simplicity of Maps. We have won numerous awards including the United Nations Momentum for Change award.

Explore our solutions below.

Responding to disasters using Crisis Maps 

People understand maps quickly. It provides an intuitive communication platform/tool for first responders in disasters.

We use Crisis Maps to co-ordinate fast and accurate responses to disasters using intuitive mapping applications. These maps deliver vital, timely and centralised information to where it is most needed. Clear and consistent communication is vital for disaster response involving many aid and government organisations. Online mapping becomes a universal language for communicating impact, assessment and activity.

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Crisis maps used for Cyclone Pam – Vanuatu

In March 2015 Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu. With up to 150,000 (over 50%) of Vanuatu’s population directly affected, the cyclone is one of the worst natural disasters to impact the pacific region.

We urgently responsed with our partners Google, CRCSI and DigitalGlobe to create a Crisis Map for Cyclone Pam. This map provided the first post cyclone imagery and population data for aid agencies to target and manage disaster response to the communities affected.

It was crucial for managing and coordinating the disaster response. The Cyclone Pam Crisis Map was the key map based communication and visualisation platform for the World Bank, GIZ, SPC, WFP, World Bank and the Vanuatu Government and in first response to Cyclone Pam. The map was put together using data contributed by the World Bank, the Government of Vanuatu, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and DigitalGlobe.

The Cyclone Pam Crisis Map project recently received additional awards acknowledging the efforts of NGIS Australia:

  • Western Australian Spatial Excellence Award for People and Community
  • Queensland Spatial Excellence Award for People and Community

Share and collaborate using open data

We have seen a lot of time and money wasted on buying data only for it to be lost in separate systems within Government Departments.

Open Data and open platforms enable government and non-government organisations to leverage the significant investment already being made into data and systems.

We use open map platforms to distribute critical information to key decision makers across organisations. Consolidating valuable data on an easy to use and intuitive maps interface drives major changes in organisations. It increases participation, transparency and results in products and processes that didn’t exist before. Data is not enough by itself. It needs to be in a place where everyone can access it. This leads to people working together to make better decisions.

Make decisions and communicate using the universal language of maps

Decision making using outdated information leads to poor outcomes in international development projects.

Complex development projects handle a very large amount of data and information. Often this data is lost in complicated internal software systems and spreadsheets. When you most need this information, nobody can find it. When they do find it, it is hard to make sense of it leading to slow decision making and ultimately dangerous outcomes.

Decision makers need information at their fingertips to make the right decision.

We build intuitive, robust and innovative Decision Support Systems that use location as a way to connect information and make it meaningful. We use a suite of non-exclusive technology partners including ESRI, Google, Microsoft and DigitalGlobe to use the right technology to deliver specific outcomes. We ultimately believe in the power of location and mapping to enable decision makers to make informed and efficient decisions.

Adapt to climate change using spatial modelling

It is now well accepted that climate change is happening. What we need is a better way for our communities to predict, adapt and become resilient.

We provide a way to develop resilience by modeling our changing environment using high resolution location based data.

Evidence based empirical modelling is a smart way to analyse the impacts of climate change. Effective modelling coupled with the presentation of models through intuitive, easy to use map driven interfaces provides communities with a common language for understanding risk.

The models are used to identify at risk communities and critical infrastructure including the ability to identify temporal triggers. Through a better understating of risk and localised impacts, countries are better able to improve disaster preparedness, manage climate change adaptation and create climate resilient communities.

Watch the video below to see how we helped the Pacific Islands combat climate change.

Case study : Vanuatu Globe – United Nations award winning open platform tool helped with climate change adaption

The Vanuatu Globe was implemented as an Open Data Initiative with the Government of Vanuatu to make core location based information available to Government, Private Industry, Non-Government Organisations and the public through online access. The Vanuatu Globe was initially designed as a communication tool to assist with Climate Change Adaptation and stakeholder engagement around predicted sea level rise in the Pacific and has now become an open access spatial data platform. The Vanuatu Globe is a self service portal for both 2D and 3D data with a focus on user experience and acceptance.

The Vanuatu Globe was presented by Google at the White House Climate Data Initiative Announcement. Google’s announcement at the White House showcased the visualization tools developed for Vanuatu as a leading example within the global spatial community.

The Vanuatu Globe was the first Open Data product produced by the Vanuatu Government and set a new precedent for sharing information both within government and with private industries, non government organisations and the public.

The Vanuatu Globe was a critical success factor for the Pacific Island Climate Change Adaptation and Capacity Building project that won the following awards:

  • Australia Pacific JK Barrie Award. The J.K. Barrie Award is the apex of achievement in the spatial industry and is the highest award the national panel of judges can confer
  • Australia Pacific Spatial Excellence Award for People and Community
  • Western Australia Spatial Excellence Award for People and Community
  • Victorian Spatial Excellence Award for People and Community
  • Vanuatu Globe project video

Read more about the United Nations award 

Build sustainable capacity

Governments and Non-Government Organisations want to build robust capacity for the future. Many capacity building efforts fail to consider existing infrastructure and processes.

We provide valuable education that empowers governments to make more informed decisions and serve their communities better.

We provide fit for purpose GIS, IT and Knowledge training by partnering with government organisations to deliver sustainable capacity. We believe collaboration and country specific design are the keys to effective capacity building

Read case study below to understand how we build capacity for Vanuatu government.

Capacity building in the Pacific Islands

This project trained 195 people from 95 organisations to enhance the capacity of Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Samoa to undertake assessments of inundation exposure to key settlements and infrastructure at risk from sea level rise through the provision of critical baseline data, improved GIS capacity, and implementation of coastal inundation modelling.

The software and online spatial tools delivered as part of this project enabled maps to be printed and laminated for presentations to local communities. These flood maps provided an important mechanism for informing communities of their potential risk.

The online tools and maps were integrated into the education systems in each country so that the younger generation can understand the impacts of coastal inundation. Without these maps it would have been extremely difficult for the government departments to communicate the climate change risk to their citizens and communities. In some cases the platforms provided have implemented the first open data products for countries and delivered new capabilities for communication and collaboration between ministries and with the private sector and non-government organisations.

The value added benefits of providing the information and tools included:

  • The promotion and communications of climate and coastal risk to government departments and community through newspaper, television and radio stories covering the new information provided as part of the project.
  • An increase in the awareness of coastal inundation risks within government departments.
  • The IT and GIS upgrade within the government departments increased the usage of GIS data and inundation visualisation by government officers.
  • Numerous maps were printed and laminated within the training period. Some of these even being distributed to other agencies. The increased map quality and production created further awareness of the LiDAR data, GIS layers and coastal inundation risks.
  • Stronger cooperation and communications between governments departments involved in the training. There were follow-up meetings arranged between project participants, even discussions on how they could enhance each other’s projects.
  • The bathymetry has been given to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to be included in Vanuatu’s nautical charts. Not only will this assist boating in Vanuatu, it will also increase cruise ship safety and enable ships to access new areas. The Vanuatu government saw this as an important contribution.

Plan effectively using Fundamental Datasets 

Accurate and recent fundamental datasets provide the basis for effective decision making.

The provision of high resolution information will allow countries to identify communities at risk from climate change and to model predicted impacts.

Many of the datasets that are required for Disaster Risk Management, Planning and Sustainable Development are location based datasets. We specialise in the acquisition and provision of fundamental datasets including imagery, elevation, land tenure, infrastructure, demographics and transport.

High resolution information such as Digital Elevation models will enable countries to gain insights that previously would not have been available using outdated and coarse information. The availability of fundamental datasets such as land tenure, infrastructure and transport will enable countries to effectively manage assets and make informed decisions that will result in sustainable development.

Contact Nathan today to understand how Maps can help your project.

Nathan Eaton, Principal Consultant

Nathan Eaton

Nathan.Eaton@ngis.com.au

Phone : +61 8 – 9355 6000