Bangkok: Pathum Thani, Saraburi, Nonthaburi and Ayutthaya will be the first provinces to use GIS for flood warnings in factories. The system which is designed to store and analyse geographical data, has been used in agricultural areas and by the Irrigation Department, but this will be the first time it has been used to help factories plan ahead, said the project head Chuket Ounjitti.
Authorities from provincial industrial offices, who will be taught how to use the software, will then call factories to warn them about the danger. The system is a part of a service given to 200 factories in 4 provinces participating in this year’s water management project which aims to lower wastewater in factories. Ayutthaya provincial industrial officer Surasak Chalermkiattavee said the major floods in 2011 led factories to become more concerned about flooding, with many calling industrial offices during the rainy season to ask whether their factories would be affected. He said GIS will be beneficial in terms of forecasting risks so that business operators can evacuate machinery in time.