The Gartrell Group provided ongoing GIS support services to the Mayor’s Office of Technology in New Orleans, Louisiana following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
We had staff on-site shortly after the hurricane passed, and our initial involvement was focused largely on urgent disaster recovery needs. Task work included:
- Developing mobile solutions for building and infrastructure assessment
- Collaborating with the disaster recovery team to streamline a re-permitting process for commercial buildings
- Integrating remote sensing data and derivative products to develop inundation measurements in support of FEMA funding and insurance claim processes
- Providing support to improve coordination with the independent City of New Orleans Emergency Response Center.
In post-recovery, our team continued to provide planning support, and system design and implementation services to the City. This resulted in a far more capable GIS platform and a service oriented architecture enabling broader internal and external access to GIS capabilities and information.