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Thursday, April 6 • 9:45am - 10:15am
Remote Disaster Response

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In September of 2022, Hurricane Ian threatened Florida and the east coast of the US. The Category 4 hurricane was aimed directly at Florida’s Gulf Coast and many of Pickett and Associate’s utility clients were expecting damage to their transmission line infrastructure. In preparation for the storm, Pickett’s utility clients contracted Pickett to conduct post-storm damage assessments. With Pickett’s headquarters and IT infrastructure located in Tampa, FL, preparing for a field-based disaster response program became a challenge, as the hurricane looked to be heading straight for Tampa. At the end of the day on September 28th, Pickett’s IT department shut down the IT infrastructure, which was home to Pickett’s Enterprise GIS. Pickett and Associates’ Montana GIS Group took the lead and prepared to support utility clients in their damage assessments once the storm cleared using GIS based tools for field assessments and reporting. This presentation will discuss the challenges experienced, the lessons learned while supporting Pickett’s clients after Hurricane Ian cleared central Florida, as field crews began damage assessments, and what our plans are to simplify this process for future storm response programs.

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Helen Paris

GIS Manager, Pickett & Associates
Ms. Paris is a GIS Manager with more than 12 years of experience leveraging GIS solutions to solve real-world problems in the fields of engineering, surveying, environmental science, and geology. Ms. Paris designs GIS tools and strategies to optimize field-based mapping and data collection... Read More →
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Curtis DeVault

GIS Administrator, Pickett & Associates, LLC
Mr. DeVault has ten years of experience developing and managing geospatial and relational database solutions in the fields of engineering, surveying, environmental remediation, floodplain mapping and public safety. Using ArcGIS Pro, Survey123, Field Maps, SQL Server, and Python he... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2023 9:45am - 10:15am MDT
Aspen Room