NASA has updated an analysis tool that works to help the 63rd Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Langley-Eustis measure the impact of tidal storm flooding in order to manage resource deployment.
The U.S. Air Force said Friday NASA modified the geographic information system office-developed Flood Impact Analysis Tool in a push to expand the dissemination of data and drive streamline the mapping and planning during flooding incidents.
“The intended purpose of the tool was so we would know where the water was going; however, it has allowed our team to focus on being more productive with our resources,” said Freddie Torres, 633rd CES geospatial information officer.
He added the impact analysis tool NASA created 20 years ago for the Air Force has also evolved into a construction planning tool that works to determine the correct elevation for buildings at the base.
William Ball, NASA geospatial information system team leader, said researchers also developed a widget application for the tool to help facility personnel manage equipment, space, spill response and environmental tasks.