- New Tools for Humanities GIS
- Implementing FEMA’s Hazus Program
- Custom-Designing Systems for Community Planning
We received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to develop new approaches and tools to enhance the use of spatial data in the humanities. Our goal for this project is to create an innovative product and initiate a developmental platform for the visualization and exploration of complex data within a humanities-focused web GIS.
We are responsible for the design, development, and implementation of FEMA’s Hazus program curriculum. Hazus-MH is a GIS-based software that helps communities to estimate physical, economic, and social impacts of natural disasters. The success of our curriculum development and instruction has enabled FEMA to offer multiple levels of professional certification to individuals who complete course requirements.
We custom-designed a geographic information system for the City of Des Moines to support its hazard mitigation planning. The new system allowed city and county planners and analysts to perform accurate GIS and Hazus-MH analyses for a variety of disaster scenarios including floods, tornadoes, straight-line winds, earthquakes, and hazardous materials releases.