[HOT] Surveying Helicopter Landing Zones (HLZs)

Blake Girardot HOT/OSM blake.girardot at hotosm.org
Mon Nov 7 12:11:22 UTC 2016

Hi Keith,

I worked a lot on this issue during the Nepal 2015 response.

What you propose sounds great. We had a lot of difficulty trying to do
this via the tasking manager for several reasons.

I would love to speak with you more about it, maybe we could chat via skype.

Blake Girardot
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
President, HOT Board of Directors
skype: jblakegirardot
HOT Core Team Contact: info at hotosm.org

On Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 5:55 PM, Keith Darby <keithdar at usc.edu> wrote:
> All:
> I am a retired Marine Corps Helicopter Pilot, and a current Masters Candidate in GIS Technologies at USC.
> I am working on my thesis, which is based on the premise that crowd-sourced geospatial information, if properly structured, could aid aircrews in surveying potential HLZs for disaster response.
> The work flow would be as follows:
> (1) Helicopter planners and aircrews would select potential HLZs in a disaster-affected region, using whatever mission planning GISystem at their disposal (normally baed on remote sensing data)
> (2) Those proposed HLZs would be uploaded to OSM.
> (3) Volunteers could select one of those HLZs and conduct a ground-truth survey, following a script (that I would develop).
> (4) Those surveys would be uploaded to OSM and validated.
> (5) the Helicopter mission planners and aircrews could use those surveys to select the best zones for disaster relief operations.
> I am looking at using the towns of Honokaa and Waimea on the northern end of the Big Island of Hawaii as my study area, as I live close by, and I have the local Community Emergency Response Team (volunteers) willing to support.
> Who do I need to talk to about getting HOT permission to conduct a limited objective study in this area?
> Thanks,
> Keith Darby
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