Do you want to know how we see solving natural disasters in the future?
In Lužice, where our colleague Jiří Žíla lives, he experienced a tornado a year ago! A digital twin for the emergency services would be a great help, so we are providing examples of use.
We will summarize the idea we came to based on our personal experience:
Within 24 hours, it is necessary to create a digital twin of the affected area from the standard cadastral map - an active map where we will work with GPS coordinates.
Assemble a team of coordinators, each with a tablet in which the digital twin of the given territory will be recorded. Everyone divides the area into sectors of about 10 houses and they become communication links with the main coordinator.
Technically, it is only necessary to have access to the Internet, i.e. secure a data signal from mobile stations from mobile operators and have enough cars/power stations where tablets or phones can be charged. In case the power goes out for several days.
Functions of the digital twin that we have already verified in practice and are applied in other projects:
Distribution of volunteers to individual locations - until now it was a paper and pencil system.
Orientation in a foreign environment for incoming drivers or emergency services when houses and descriptive numbers disappear. The same for directing the removal of debris and material to different locations that may change over time.
Records of borrowed and given away items – power plants, building materials, petrol...
Overview of important places in the area – food, material warehouses, crisis staff, meeting place for volunteers. All this can change over time.
Distribution of aid - and its effective distribution - according to the number of people in the house, the degree of damage.
Call-up system - solutions for drivers, excavators, cranes, containers - based on an online request, they can be sent to specific locations and after the task is finished, they can be assigned another task online.
These are just a few ideas that came to mind after the experience of distributing relief after the tornado in our community.