The New Paradigm Of Post-Disaster Reconnaissance: Using Virtual Methods to Enhance Systematic In-Field Data Collection

by Erica C. Fischer, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Professor of civil and construction engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR., erica.fischer@oregonstate.edu,
Manouchehr Hakhamaneshi, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Project engineer with the California Department of Transportation and also an adjunct professor with the California State University at East Bay., manny.hakhamaneshi@dot.ca.gov,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 3, Pg. 60-65


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Virtual reconnaissance is the act of gathering information after an extreme event through virtual means. This information could be data on damaged regions, cultural data for an impacted region, and previous damage to regions in an extreme event, or information on the governing codes in a region. The goal of virtual reconnaissance is to virtually collect data so that the in-field data collection is systematically organized for cataloging and retrieval. The virtual data can complement in-field data collection by broadening the scope of the reconnaissance team’s mission and providing information to a team to help guide the development of in-field reconnaissance goals and objectives. In other instances, virtual data can replace in-field data collection completely. This replacement may be necessary when regions are not accessible due to damage or due to the location of the extreme event.

Subject Headings: Data collection | Disasters | Standards and codes | Team building

 

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