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Queensland introduces tool for real-time damage assessment

Queensland, Australia: The Queensland Reconstruction Authority introduced Damage Assessment and Reconstruction Monitoring system (DARMsys) for speedy damage assessments.

The monitoring system involves the use of a GPS-linked data collection device that allows assessors to collect levels of damage to individual homes and buildings and then transfer that data in ‘real-time’ to a central mapping point. This real time tracking system has enabled the collection of up to the minute damage assessments of Mitchell, Roma and St George following flooding in February 2012.

The system was introduced as a successful pilot program in April 2011. The Queensland reconstruction authority has been using this portable device to travel street-by-street and house-by-house through flood and cyclone-affected communities to identify where the greatest needs exist. Pilots were conducted in Brisbane, Ipswich, Roma, Emerald, Hinchinbrook and along the Cassowary Coast.

DARMsys is a recognised resilience building system that will help Queensland better prepare for any future natural disaster events. t has been recognised by the World Bank as having played an instrumental role in enabling Queensland to recover quickly from last summer’s natural disasters.

Source: Queensland Govt