From Covid-19 to raging wildfires to the 2020 US presidential election, complicated stories are made simple through the use of a map. Taking that as inspiration, Fugro is commemorating GIS Day 2020 with a brief look at how we map change to promote a safe and liveable world.
The content of Fugro’s maps and frequency of their updates may differ from those associated with election results but they are strikingly similar in concept. Every map is only as good as its source data. For a GIS (geographic information system), that means high quality Geo-data because, without it, identifying change and mitigating future risk are impossible.
Take Fugro’s mapping of coastal communities. When a hurricane ravages a coastline, it’s easy to visually assess damage but without the initial baseline data, we’re unable to convey the severity and location of change. Similarly, when local officials want to understand storm surge potential and flood extent, they require accurate Geo-data to perform definitive simulations and scenario planning.
“Remote access to Geo-data via digital analytic tools such as SIMmetry and Roames is increasingly important to our clients and their stakeholders in the post Covid-19 world. These data and tools make it possible to visualise and communicate change, helping clients meet their vital missions for a safe and liveable world.”
Fugro offers a number of market-specific solutions that combine high-resolution, high-accuracy data acquisition capabilities with efficient data analysis and reporting tools. As a result, we provide our clients with valuable insights about the changing nature of land and assets for improved decision making. Examples include:
In addition to these market-specific solutions, Fugro also delivers an extensive range of fit-for-purpose map products and GIS datasets to support public and private sector projects including coastal resiliency, natural resources management, land-use planning and infrastructure development.
Accurate and comprehensive Geo-data brings order to our world, helping us understand where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed. Fugro is committed to continually advance the way we collect, process, visualise and simulate Geo-data. With an emphasis on autonomous systems, cloud computing and machine learning, we are increasing the speed by which we can deliver complex Geo-datasets, and we are doing this in a way that is as accessible—and riveting—as an election results map in a highly contested race.
- GIS Day was first celebrated in 1999
- The first computerised GIS was developed in 1963 by Canadian Roger Tomlinson
- GIS Day is celebrated worldwide on the Wednesday of the annual Geography Awareness Week