EmerGeo™ to be deployed for Marine Spill Response

Burrard Clean Operations installing EmerGeo in Mobile Operations Centre.

VANCOUVER, B.C., August 25, 2005 – EmerGeo Solutions of Vancouver, B.C. is please to announce that Burrard Clean Operations of Burnaby, British Columbia has selected EmerGeo™ emergency mapping for use in its mobile Operations Centre.

Burrard Clean Operations (BCO) was founded in 1976 by four oil refineries and a pipeline company operating in Burrard Inlet of BC. These companies pooled their resources in order to have a collective capability to respond to spills in the Inlet. BCO’s Geographic Area of Response includes all of BC’s coastal waters and connected common navigable and tidal inland waters.

BCO clientele includes oil and pipeline companies, vessel operators, marine petroleum carriers, smaller oil handling facilities, and other companies that utilize BC’s waterways. Whether a company is large or small, there are always risks associated with transporting and transferring oil. Recognizing these risks, by being a member of BCO, each of these companies is able to obtain on-scene assistance should a spill occur.

EmerGeo will operate on a server located in the mobile Command Centre with wireless communication links to support response personnel at the emergency site. EmerGeo will create shoreline sensitivity and Oil Residency Index maps, display resource information and give decision-makers operational planning tools to support response and recovery activities.

Government, industry and BCO recognize that, in spite of all efforts, spills are inevitable. In order to minimize exposure to spills, industry implements best practices, wherever and whenever possible. An integral part of this endeavour is to have a professionally-trained and well equipped response organization identified as part of your contingency plan. In British Columbia, this organization is BCO.


EmerGeo Solutions, Inc. provides consulting services and fully integrated situation awareness technology solutions to help manage risk in Emergency Management, Environment Health & Safety, Security and Business Resilience for government and industry. Our EmerGeo software application provides all decision-makers with timely access to critical information and the decision-support tools needed before, during and after emergencies and major events.

EmerGeo’s unique managed Common Operating Picture (mCOP™) technology allows information stored in siloed systems to be shared securely and in a controlled way among work groups so that all decision-makers are working from the most up-to-date, accurate and validated information available. Our hosted Learning Management System (eLearning) ensures customers can implement our technology and best practices in a cost-effective manner.

EmerGeo Launched in Australia

New Emergency Management Application Released in Australia

EmerGeo Solutions Inc. is pleased to announce that it has appointed Spatial Vision as an authorised reseller for the company’s successful emergency management application – EmerGeo™. EmerGeo is an application specifically developed to meet the demanding and specialised needs of emergency planners and responders. EmerGeo was built by people with over 30 years of practical hands-on experience using Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping technologies for emergency planning and response. As a result it has been designed from the ground up as a vital aide to emergency management and response.

Used in by an increasing number of emergency management organisations in the US and Canada, EmerGeo is a client/server application that allows emergency operational work groups to import, create and share spatial and other emergency information in a controlled and secure environment and publish this information via a web browser to designated users.

EmerGeo allows incidents to be logged and posted onto a “common operating view” or “situation” map, a map that can be viewed by the entire operations team. Other views can be defined for other groups (eg planning, logistics, etc). Designed around common incident work flows, most planner’s or operations manager’s tasks are fully integrated within the application.

Users can rapidly add new data sets on the fly, as they become available, without requiring specialist GIS training. Links to other nonspatial data sources (eg web cams and other web resources) can also be added easily.

The unique architecture of EmerGeo enables the client application to operate either with or without a connection to a corporate network. When connected, EmerGeo’s synchronisation capability allows the application to automatically download the latest updates or up-load field or other local observations.

EmerGeo does not seek to replace an organisation’s existing Geographic Information System (GIS) – in fact it leverages existing investment in such systems and data. EmerGeo’s OpenGIS® design ensures emergency planners and responders enjoy quick and simple access to the right map data obtained from one or multiple sources. Offering full integration with leading commercial off the shelf incident management systems (eg WebEOC® and EM2000™), and with the potential to integrate with other applications, EmerGeo provides an indispensable aide to the collaboration efforts of operations teams.

Emergency management organisations without a GIS can get started with EmerGeo client/server solution. Spatial Vision can assist with installation and configuration as well providing base map data.

Mike Morrow    , Managing Director of EmerGeo Solutions, states “When selecting an Australian distributor, we wanted an organization with a combination of strong geospatial capabilities and hands-on experience in successfully deploying geospatial
applications into the local Emergency Services market. Spatial Vision was the obvious partner and we are very pleased that they are our Australian reseller.”

Glenn Cockerton, Spatial Vision’s Managing Director, said “Spatial Vision is committed to the support of the Emergency Service sector in Australia through the delivery of a range of products and services ranging from hard copy mapping and spatial data supply/management to the development interactive Municipal Emergency Management Plans. EmerGeo represents a significant increase in Spatial Vision’s range of product and services dedicated to the emergency management sector.”

EmerGeo Solutions Inc. is a privately held company incorporated in British
Columbia (Canada). The Principals combined have over 30 years of hands-on
emergency management experience and software development expertise to develop the EmerGeo software application.

For further information contact:
Graeme Martin
(03 9691 3000)
info@spatialvision.com.au


EmerGeo Solutions, Inc. provides consulting services and fully integrated situation awareness technology solutions to help manage risk in Emergency Management, Environment Health & Safety, Security and Business Resilience for government and industry. Our EmerGeo software application provides all decision-makers with timely access to critical information and the decision-support tools needed before, during and after emergencies and major events.

EmerGeo’s unique managed Common Operating Picture (mCOP™) technology allows information stored in siloed systems to be shared securely and in a controlled way among work groups so that all decision-makers are working from the most up-to-date, accurate and validated information available. Our hosted Learning Management System (eLearning) ensures customers can implement our technology and best practices in a cost-effective manner.