Facilitating damage assessment and prioritization of dangerous areas after an emergency event.
What it does
This technology lets responders mark areas as needing to be addressed for safety concerns, and triage of damaged spaces after an emergency event. The onsite responder (wearing a Hololens) can visually inspect and mark areas that need attention or are health/safety risks. Our standard international-emergency-symbol palette makes markup easy to denote areas which are a known concern. This information is transmitted via the cloud to other responders, and the Incident Command System to facilitate deployment of further aid and rehabilitation efforts. These deployed resources will find-and use DisastARcons to see, and subsequently address areas of concern marked which were by earlier teams.
How we built it
Using Unity, with the onboarding support from #seavrhack mentorJesse
Challenges we ran into
We ran into challenges concerning both the ideation process and the development of the tool. Refining our idea was difficult because of the many routes that we can take with emerging VR into emergency preparedness and management. We had several options and ideas but we had to consider what was realistic to build within the timeframe that we have. Therefore, coming up with a clear end-to-end MVP (simple, with no frills or decorations) was not an easy feat. Some technical challenges were the spatial mapping, and not being able to put objects into space where we wanted to. Also, it is possible that the objects clash with the background so we had to figure out how to distinguish the objects from the background and make the objects stand out.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Great team cohesion and positive, collaborative attitude.
What we learned
What's next for The Disasters
This project has inspired us to imagine the value that an application like this could have in shortening the timeline to recovering and rehabbing buildings and areas impacted by disasters. Improving this time to meaningful response and sharing data to analysts offsite at Incident Command can have real impacts at the site of an emergency to help restoration efforts.