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MCEER Response: Collection and Preliminary Analysis of Aerial and In-Field Building Damage Information in the Aftermath of the 2007 California Wildfires.
McMillan, A.; Adams, B. J.; Ghosh, S.; Huyck, C. K.
Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, Buffalo, NY.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC., April 30, 2008, 30 p.
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This field campaign, undertaken in the aftermath of the 2007 California Wildfires, presented the research team with a unique opportunity to collect perishable damage data on neighborhood and per-building levels, focusing on affected urban environments throughout Southern California. The type of surveying undertaken is particularly useful for post-disaster damage assessment and also creates a compelling baseline dataset for examining change and recovery in the future. Further, the data collected is useful for re-insurance loss estimation, as well as research on engineering and planning more resilient communities. ImageCat responded to these events by deploying a number of aerial and ground-based surveys of the damage, using the VIEWS(Trade Name) field data collection and visualization system. This event is the first wildfire where the VIEWS(Trade Name) system has been utilized, collecting detailed aerial and ground survey data to identify and map the damage across a wide-ranging area.
Damage assessment; Ground surveys; Wildfires; California; Data collection; VIEWS (Visualizing Impacts of Earthquakes with Satellites); Buildings; Aerial surveys