3-GIS Command Center

Rapid Damage Assessment and
Recovery When Seconds Count
3-GIS Command Center
Dustin Sutton
International Channel Manager
We must be prepared for extraordinary events with
ordinary measures…else it will fail.
James Lee Witt, CEO James Lee Witt Associates and
former FEMA Director
Up-to-date real-time information is a major resource, a
critical resource, for effective response to an event.
Jim Geringer, Director of Policy and Public Sector
Strategies, and former Wyoming Governor
True knowledge exists at the edge of the network.
Ori Brafman, Author, The Spider and the Starfish
GIS Leader since 2006
Based on Esri technology
2008 & 2011 Esri Business
Partner of the Year
Provides solutions to the Gas,
Electric, Telecom and
Emergency Management
Solutions based on ArcGIS
Server, ArcGIS Mobile and
Highly Advanced EMA, est
Mapping Users from the
Serving over 8 separate city
consumers and many others
Statewide support during
crisis events
Reached out to 3-GIS when
mobile became a focus of
The Best of The Best
• 3-GIS
•Storm Assessment & Preparation
•First & Second Damage Responders
•EOC Communication
•Restoration Efforts
•Outside Help / Resource Coordination
•Public Notification
•Post Storm Reporting
Building on a Platform of Excellence
3-GIS, Esri, and ESi have teamed together to create the Command Center
solution. Command Center provides the functionality to collect
information in the field to be used in planning or assessments and react
from the field with accurate and timely data . Web access is provided to
input, view and analyze data being provide from various sources. Web
services are also used to provide simple interfaces and allow ease of
data sharing across organizations.
The initial version of our Common Operational Picture was released as
Mapper, a GIS visualization platform for WebEOC. Mapper is in over 200
sites today including the Pentagon, the US Senate, Disney World, Delta
Airlines and 100s of other sites including utilities, municipalities, private
corporation, EMAs, and most branches of the US Government.
Command Center
Command Center provides tools to aid in recording critical
infrastructure (CIP), which provides a basis to develop
plans in case of an emergency.
• Command Center greatly improves the efficiency of
understanding the depth of issues while providing the data
needed to address the situation in a timely and efficient
• Command Center provides the platform to allow Utility
Companies and Government Agency's to share data in
order to address large scale issues as they arise.
Jefferson County EMA (Birmingham, Alabama)
Jefferson County is a current ESi client. They utilize ESi’s WebEOC and
Mapper (3-GIS’ Nx) Products.
Command Center was a prototype with JCEMA at the time.
In April 2011 the area was hit by an outbreak of tornados. Over 7000
homes were damaged with 70% of those homes having major
damage of being completely destroyed.
Using the Command Center solution, Jefferson County and the city of
Birmingham were able to perform/record damage assessments for
the 7000 houses in a matter of days.
This information was shared amongst the City and County agencies,
APCo, Alagasco, Joe Wheeler Electric, FEMA, and Jefferson county
EMA. Also Media & Public Portals supported.
“We received our return on investment before the first event happened. By
using Command Center to collect much of our Critical Infrastructure and
map out areas of greatest concern, we, for one thing, were able to preposition and avoid dangers thus saving time, money, and equipment.
After the tornados, we were able to conduct damage assessments and
return the data, reports, and statistics back to FEMA (among others) in
record time. We literally cut weeks of the time-to-cash for the victims
and allowed us to focus on tangible problems rather than time spent
meeting reporting requirements.”
Allen Kniphfer
Coordinator, JCEMA
Jefferson County
Field Express
Network Express
& Nx Web Portals
Using Field Express and Network Express, users
can enter and update Incident and Damage
Assessment data from various locations.
The Express Solution connects back to Express
Server utilizing WebServices.
This method
provides sharing of data in a more timely manner.
The data is stored in the Esri Geospatial
database allowing the administrators to grant
access to other organizations as needed.
A WebService will be used to serve up the data
for use by the WebEOC Mapper application.
3-GIS custom tools can be used to load
Incident and damage assessment data in
WebEOC boards as needed.
Once the Boards are created, standard
WebEOC functionality can be used to access
and maintain the tabular data.
The board data can be accessed by
the Mapper application for display and
data maintenance.
WebEOC User
Data base
Data base
Field Express
Network Express
Field Express App
Resources were trained in a 15 minute session and then were sent out
across the area to perform storm damage assessments. The handheld
units were self contained and were used to gather data needed for the
county’s FEMA reporting. The input forms were modeled after the
current FEMA Forms. The field units were GPS enabled to aid in
navigation and the integrated camera was utilized to records pictures to
document the site inspections.
Power outages and issues were also identified for sharing with APCo,
et al.
On the left is a WebEOC board used for data input
using a web-browser interface. Below is a tablet
screen in the field using the data aggregated from all
the other sources; ultimately supplying more data to
the enterprise directly to and from the field.
Field Express
• Retrieve Assigned Work
• Review Outages
• Record Damage Locations
• Add Materials, Activity,
Equipment to Location
• Review Findings
• Save to Central GIS
• Mark Work as Completed
Each triangle represents a damage assessment of a
building. The findings of the assessment determines
the color of the symbol. The status of completely
destroyed buildings is red.
Over 7000 inspections were
completed in less than a week
with this solution.
Network Express
Identify Outage Priorities in
conjunction with other
Geospatial Events & Limitations
Assign Outages to Work Orders
Assign Crew to Work Order &
Coordinate with Agencies
Review Outage Survey Results
Track Resolution & Follow-up
Generate Required Reports
Command Center was used to generate reports for
each affected area. The report summarized the
number of structures, status, and the summary
statistics of each municipality.
• Command Center, using (near) real-time reporting and
design tools, can remove days in service restoration.
• Cycle of data-collection and comparison of damage to
previously installed plant is instant. No paper to wrestle
• Work Orders and BOM can be generated during
assessments. (Triage)
• Repairs can begin in hours…not days.
Come by our Booth to see how Recovery really
Network Express
Field Express
Command Center:
Remove Complexity, Improve Timeliness, Reduce Error,
and Increase Communications