What We Learned from Hurricane Sandy

Three years ago today, Hurricane Sandy made landfall, inundating areas up and down the eastern coast of the United States. As the storm moved up the Atlantic, the City of Virginia Beach contacted Hexagon Geospatial (then Intergraph) seeking new technology that could help them process, analyze, and deliver their data on a severely compressed timeframe—essentially overnight. We helped them improve their disaster planning that day, and into the future.

In Part 1 of his video, Rob Jessen, GIS Coordinator for the City of Virginia Beach, sets the stage for us, describing why the Hampton Roads area was especially susceptible to flooding, and describing some of the challenges posed by Hurricane Sandy.

The City of Virginia Beach had massive amounts of LiDAR point cloud data collected, but it originally took them six months to process it. In this video, Rob Jessen describes what they did and how much time it saved them.

The ultimate goal of all this processing was to identify the inundation zones that storm could cause to flood. Using the Spatial Modeler in ERDAS IMAGINE and the powerful analysis tools in GeoMedia, they were able to rapidly analyze and visualize their data to formulate an effective course of action.

This story describes how people and technology, like the Power Portfolio, can come together and truly make a difference in times of crisis.