GeoDesign and Disaster Risk Assessment

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What is GeoDesign and what is the relationship with Disaster Risk Assessment (or any other GISc related project)? This short narrative will discuss this. GeoDesign In short: GeoDesign can be broken into two syllables, Geo and Design. Geo represents the geographic space or space that is referenced to the surface of the earth (geo-referenced). Design is the thought process comprising the creation of something and therefore GeoDesign is a thought process comprising the creation of entities in space. To implement GeoDesign practically a process needs to be followed. This process is very similar to a scientific research project and is shown in the figure below.     The process starts, as usual, with a problem for which a solution must be fined. To do this the problem must first be described after it can be analysed. To visualise the problem is part of the analysing the problem. This is where “geo” comes in by visualising the problem using GISc techniques and software. Through various processes and techniques ( research and/designed led innovation or brainstormings) solution can be identified and again GIS can be used to visualise the solution. The solution/ prototype must be tested and if successful, implemented in the real world. Disaster Risk Assessment Disaster risk assessment follows the same process. A next blog will describe the practical implementation of GeoDesign and disaster risk assessment through conducting a GISc project during which a specific project plan will be discussed.  The problem can be to identify possible water pollution areas. Through study and research, the problem is described and analysed. GISc techniques can be used to visualise the possible areas and through this visualisation possible water pollution areas can be confirmed and presented in map format. Through ground truthing, the assessment can be tested and incorporated into a disaster risk profile and disaster risk reduction strategy and programs.


GIS throught tweets

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By following thought leaders and innovative people and companies on social media, existing trends and future development in GIS can be found.  I discuss a few below. What do you inside a building when your #GPS stops working? You switch to #indoor positioning services: #indoorpositioning #IPS #positioning #GIS #technology #navigation — Living Map (@LivingMap) February 26, 2018 An existing trend that is becoming more popular these days are indoor location navigation but also analysis.  Safe time by going directly to the shop you need to be or plan your mall experience better. Analysis of location of businesses inside a shopping centre can result in the optimal location of retail outlets. #BigData tools and predictive #GIS analytics helped Chicago #police reduce shooting rates in 2017 — Esri Australia (@esriaustralia) February 26, 2018 Analysis of Big Data is becoming more and more the domain of Geographic Information Sciences.  We can argue that GISc practitioners have been doing it for a long time but the emergence of powerful hardware and software (including computer learning) make it “less” complex with a wider user base and application possibilities.   This is pretty cool! Where #GIS meets #BIM using the @Esri platform in the UK for #AEC mapping the future of #SmartCities — Eos Positioning (@EosGNSS) February 22, 2018 Yes, smart cities are here to stay and smart buildings make cities smarter.  Question is how do you integrate smart buildings with smart cities.  Yes, GIS will be part of the solution   Implementing Predictive Analysis with ArcGIS — Monde Geospatial (@MondeGeospatial) February 19, 2018 GISc practitioners have done this for a long time.  Better visualisation through 3D display, augmented reality, business intelligence display software is making the results more accessible and applicable to more people and businesses.