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3D images found to help fire fighting operations

Australia: A former Royal Air Force intelligence analyst says three-dimensional aerial imaging could be used to track fire fronts and potentially save lives.

Global Intelligence Solutions director Rod McCourt trialled the use of his image analysis techniques during a bushfire disaster exercise in Mount Nebo, west of Brisbane. He took several photos of a hypothetical fire front while flying in the Emergency Management Queensland helicopter.

Mr McCourt said in a real bushfire emergency the photographer would immediately transmit these images back to an incident control centre where authorities could look at three-dimensional views of the terrain through a device called a stereoscope.

Fire experts who were not at the fire front themselves would gain a better understanding of the situation and how to deal with it, Mr McCourt said.