25 July 2013
GHD, one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and
environmental consulting companies, has made strides in the
collection and analysis of large, complex datasets (Big Data) for
improved watershed management and flood prevention.
GHD was commissioned by the Ontario Ministry
of Natural Resources (MNR) in Ontario, Canada to develop a
consistent format for the GIS mapping of more than 250,000 lakes
and countless rivers and streams.
The standardisation of this ‘Big Data’ is
critical to facilitate efficient analysis and decision-making by
the Ontario MNR, which gathers and utilises data from the 36
Conservation Authorities in the province. The information is used
by watershed management and flood control stakeholders. The
standard created allowed GHD to assist the Ontario MNR in the
refinement of a quality assurance/quality control system used to
ensure data accuracy.
The Ontario MNR works to ensure that local
water resources can support the needs of communities and maintain a
healthy natural environment now and into the future. They focus on
protecting residents, property and natural resources through
forecasting and warning of flood, drought and erosion hazards,
supporting the development of local and regional economies, and
ensuring the integrated management of these resources.
GHD’s project manager Wendy Baldin comments,
“Better data allows for smarter, more integrated decisions. The
adoption of the standardised specification for data collection
allows the Ontario MNR to move more quickly from data collection to
analysis, which results in better service to their stakeholders and
local communities. Ultimately, this translates to better flood
prevention and protection for homeowners and municipalities.”
About the project:
Ms. Baldin presented the approach and findings
at the 2013 ESRI International User Conference, in San Diego, CA.
Her presentation covered the use of ArcGIS in acquisition, mapping,
visualisation, specification development, and sharing of Coastal
and Inland Waterway GIS geospatial data for use by citizens and
government agencies. ESRI, the makers of ArcGIS software, develops
technologies which enable organisations to create responsible and
sustainable solutions to problems at local and global scales.
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For more information about this release, contact Kirill Reztsov