In dealing with disasters, mapping and monitoring the location is important. In addition to monitoring current conditions, this monitoring is intended to provide correct information with adequate evidence. This is what Adipandang Yudono, S.Si., MURP., PhD, a lecturer of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Brawijaya University has done.
Together with his team, he created an application for monitoring the current condition of Mount Semeru that can be accessed anytime and anywhere. As a form of quick response to the disaster of Mount Semeru, “GIS for the Semeru disaster can help reduce information blindness. With the mapping of the Global Positioning System, it can provide information based on location,” explained Adipandang.
Geographic Information System, according to Adipandang, is a system from upstream to downstream regarding location and spatial results. “A system device associated with geospatial objects. It has many uses, the most common is the use of location. For the Urban Area Planning study, it is used to map the area to be utilized,” he explained.
The GIS application for Semeru disaster will collect data from users. This data will be validated by analysts, to be distributed as a guide for other users. It also collaborates with the drone pilot and mapping community who are members of the Sky Volunteer community for the collection of aerial photos. “This aerial photo will be validated again by the team on the ground,” added the bespectacled man.
s.ub.ac.id/gisresponsemeru page is intended for short and real time data collection. “Fillers only need to provide information by adding photos and additional information according to the location and then simply submit it. With a process of about 5 seconds, so that it will facilitate and speed up the tasks of volunteers in the field,” he explained.
The addition of the latest features allows users and visitors to compare locations before and after the eruption. “The results from the drone shoot are then overlaid with conditions before the eruption,” he explained.
A map display option was also provided by Adipandang and his two colleagues, Yosi Andika., SP and MH. Nateq Nouri, S.P.W.K. Through this application, users can also observe the area affected by disaster, and greatly assist the team in the field to carry out evacuations.
Not only used by volunteers from UB who are in the field, the use of this GIS platform is also utilized by various communities and institutions. “After we worked on making the platform, Alhamdulillah, it was widely used by various communities and volunteers, whether BPBD, local volunteers, private companies who used this platform as a guide for evacuation movements,” he explained.
With this platform, Adipandang hopes to help the movement of volunteers accurately and quickly. (VQ/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir)