I was involved this Spring with an amazing group of volunteers with various expertise organized as the Field Innovation Team “FIT." A small number of us were directly at the disaster scene working with the incident command coordinating, like Frank Sanborn, and a few of us were remotely deployed assisting the Oso, Washington mudslide response efforts with new technologies and ideas from UAVs (drones), communications, and 3D printing.
We created a 3D Print of the mudslide region referred to by locals as “the moonscape.” The 3D print was made by Autodesk’s Mitko Vidanovski as he took the Lidar point cloud data and created the solid model to generate this rather large 3D print that is used at the incident command to help organize reconstruction efforts at the scene. Having something physical for the teams to discuss instead of a series of flat photos or topographical maps can help avoid miscommunication and hopefully speed efforts actively going on.
The 2014 FIT Team!
We are all volunteers that are from various backgrounds like former astronauts to former special forces, from makers to drone experts, from health professionals to technologists, from artists to community organizers. FIT is an amazing collection of experience and expertise with the common goal to assist in helping people.
Below is the photo from our boot camp held near Heber Utah this Spring and you can see the Utah State Governor Herbert with us in the photo (gentleman in the maroon-colored tie).
Photo by Desiree Matel-Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org