05 May “Wildfire Risk Model” and GIS
It is very unique when a non-GIS based firm actually offers products and services in this growing area. Such is the case with Dewberry Consulting, based out of Fairfax, VA. This firm exhibits some amazing statistics. For instance, this entity has:
- Over 2,000 employees.
- 40+ locations in over 18 states.
- Generated almost $400 million in revenue in 2014.
- Been ranked #45 in the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms.
- Devoted over 2,600 hours of volunteer services, in efforts to improve the environment.
Dewberry offers consulting services in a wide variety of areas, focused upon both the public and private sector. In its amazing portfolio, it even offers both GIS and Geospatial services, which include:
- Combined GIS and IT technology offerings
- Remote sensing
- Geospatial program management
- GIS quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC)
- Topography products
- GIS photo interpretation
- Field reconnaissance
- Hyperspectral/Multispectral imagery analysis
- Habitat/land use cover mapping.
In conjunction with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Dewberry Consulting even collaborated on a major research report entitled the “National Enhanced Elevation Assessment.” The result of this is an improvement program which has the strong potential to generate between $1.2 billion and $13 billion in environmental savings, once it is fully implemented and becomes operational.
Just this past week, Dewberry Consulting also announced a strategic partnership with an entity known as Myriad Development, Inc. With these two businesses working closely together, a new service offering has been created, known as the “Wildfire Risk Model.” This new service literally takes layers of GIS and Geospatial data to calculate and assess the risk caused by wildfires.
The primary target market for this new service are the local communities, state and federal agencies, insurance companies, and homeowners. The ultimate goal of the Wildfire Risk Model is to help create mitigation plans to cut back on the damage caused by wildfires.
This new service examines wildfire risk in great detail from within a 30 meter resolution. The variables utilized in calculating the risk level include the following:
- Amount of fuel
- Weather conditions
- Land slope
- Land topography
- Wind patterns
- Fire history
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