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University System of Georgia, Facilities Officers Conference, October 27-29, 2014

SICS is in beautiful Savannah, GA this week to present the VirtualSafe campus infrastructure mapping program to the University System of Georgia’s Facilities Officers Conference.  We’ve partnered with our friends at Rochester and Associates Engineers to show off the robust capabilities that VirtualSafe offers to not only locate and document interior utilities, life safety, and fire safety equipment but also record and display exterior utilities data as well.  From source to end user, campus facilities managers may now put all the utilities information they need at their finger tips.

More at: http://www.usg.edu/facilities/events/facilities_officers_conference




Virtual Alabama in the News

Informative article in the Anniston Star today highlighting the Virtual Alabama School Safety System and the local use of security cameras: http://www.annistonstar.com/news/article_8ea2e9b0-53eb-11e4-89b4-afce69ee097e.html


ABC Facilities Directors and Constructors Conference, September 24-25, 2014

SICS was proud to serve as the keynote speaker during the opening evening of the inaugural Alabama Facilities Director’s Conference in Prattville, AL.  This event marks the first time that facilities directors exclusively within the state of Alabama have met to discuss the challenges they face.  Virtual Alabama and the Virtual Alabama Critical Infrastructure System were discussed in depth.  These tools can help our facilities directors not only account for and manage their assets, but also provide responding agencies a clear picture of campus infrastructure before, during, and after a disaster.

More at: http://www.abc-alabama.org/facilities-directors-conference/


AIDB Board Meeting, August 19, 2014

As SICS wraps up mapping activities for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, it was our pleasure to present today to their board of trustees and update them on the Virtual Alabama School Safety System.  One of the crucial factors during an emergency situation on any of AIDB’s 6 home campuses in Talladega, AL or 7 regional centers statewide is communication with students and staff. Planning and coordination alongside community first responders is key to ensuring the safety of the special population of students AIDB serves.  The campus maps available in Virtual AL help facilitate these planning and coordination efforts. 

More about AIDB and their world class programs at: http://aidb.org/


The Virtual Alabama Safe Hospitals System

The Virtual Alabama online mapping system for safety and security utilizes Google Maps technology to provide first-responders such as police and fire personnel with a detailed layout of public buildings in emergencies. The system is already used by 1,500 public schools in the state. In 2012, when the University of Montevallo became the first college to implement Virtual Alabama, April Weaver, the director of business development for Shelby Baptist Medical Center (SBMC), recognized the tremendous potential the system holds for hospitals. David Wilson, President of SBMC, credited Weaver with the idea of bringing the hospital into Virtual Alabama. Weaver noted, “We’re very proud to be . . . the hospital pilot facility for Virtual Alabama.” The Shelby County Community Health Foundation provided the necessary funding for a team of experts to develop the hospital’s mapping system over a span of approximately 14 to 15 months. After much hard work, Shelby Baptist Medical Center is now, as Governor Robert Bentley stated, a “model for the rest of the state and the rest of the country.”


The system provides a secure visualization platform that uses a detailed three-dimensional online map to show the location of rooms within a particular facility according to name, color code, and number. Using Google Street View technology, static 360 degree views of hallways and larger rooms allow virtual navigation of the facility by medical center staff and first-responders. Additionally, information is provided about fire protection and utilities such as electrical wiring, gas lines, and water lines. The Virtual Alabama system utilizes video surveillance and photos of key areas and components to allow emergency officials to plan their responses to a wide array of crisis situations. The unique benefits that this system brings to hospitals are manifold. As the accompanying video demonstrates, hospitals that utilize Virtual Alabama will be able to offer first-responders a distinct advantage whether they are preparing for natural disasters or responding to criminal activity. Now, with the addition of other critical infrastructure such as courthouses, hospitals, and government owned buildings, we are beginning to see, to an even greater degree, the immense value of Virtual Alabama as well as the far-reaching impact this system can have on emergency planning, response, and recovery as its application spreads. 


NoName Facilities Conference, May 4-6, 2014

SICS spent Memorial Day with our friends from Rochester and Associates Engineers on Jekyll Island, GA for the 2014 NoName Facilities Conference.  The VirtualSafe campus mapping program was debuted during a presentation to facilities managers and directors from colleges and universities across the state.  VirtualSafe allows these professionals to GPS locate, photo document and share critical infrastructure and day-to-day utilities information with facilities staff and contractors.  The platform also allows community first responders to view this information during emergencies at the discretion of campus administrators.

More at: http://nonameconference.wordpress.com/


GISA 2014: Making Maps with JavaScript

Presentation delivered this afternoon at the GISA conference by John Sercel of SICS. 



Google Maps API
 
 
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<style type="text/css">
   html, body, #map-canvas { height: 100%; margin: 0; padding: 0 } 
</style>
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?sensor=false"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
   function initialize() {
       var map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById("map-canvas"), {
           mapTypeId: google.maps.MapTypeId.ROADMAP,
           center: new google.maps.LatLng(30.272184, -87.691470),
           zoom: 16
       });
   }
</script>
</head>
<body onload="initialize()">
   <div id="map-canvas"></div>
</body>
</html>
OpenLayers API 
 
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<style type="text/css">
   html, body, #map-canvas { height: 100%; margin: 0; padding: 0 } 
</style>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://ol3js.org/en/master/css/ol.css" type="text/css" />
<script src="http://ol3js.org/en/master/build/ol.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
   function initialize(){
       var map = new ol.Map({
           target: 'map-canvas',
           layers: [new ol.layer.Tile({source: new ol.source.OSM()})],
           view: new ol.View2D({
               center: ol.proj.transform([-87.691470, 30.272184], 'EPSG:4326', 'EPSG:3857'),
               zoom: 16
           })
       });
   }
</script>
</head>
<body onload="initialize()">
   <div id="map-canvas"></div>
</body>
</html>
ArcGIS API 
 
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<style type="text/css">
   html, body, #map-canvas { height: 100%; margin: 0; padding: 0 } 
</style>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://js.arcgis.com/3.9/js/esri/css/esri.css">
<script src="http://js.arcgis.com/3.9/"></script>
<script>
   require(["esri/map", "dojo/domReady!"], function(Map) {
       var map = new Map("map-canvas", {
           basemap: "streets",
           center: [-87.691470, 30.272184],
           zoom: 16
       });
   });
</script>
</head>
<body>
   <div id="map-canvas"></div>
</body>
</html>

GISA Conference, April 22-24, 2014

SICS is happy to be in Gulf Shores, AL this week for the inaugural GIS of Alabama (GISA) Conference.  Not only will we be presenting on Virtual AL and the Virtual AL School Safety System during plenary sessions with our partners at the Alabama GIS Program Office, but we’ll also be conducting in depth workshops on both the following day.  We want all of the attendees to know about the geospatial resources that are available to them at the state level!  

More at: http://gis.alabama.gov/Conference.aspx