Client: Ellipse Global
Content: White Paper
Purpose: Joint Venture Announcement

Ellipse Global and Sightline Maps: Modeling the Future of Emergency Services Housing

Situation Analysis

It’s been said the only certainty in setting up mobile base camps for extended deployments is uncertainty. For those that plan them professionally, there’s at least two more constants that deserve equal consideration.

One is speed. Because in the world of disaster relief, as in life, timing is everything. So, is planning.

Millions and, sometimes, billions of dollars are at risk for public sector agencies, energy companies, and other stakeholders who must make mission-critical decisions regarding remote site locations needed to temporarily house, feed and care for crews. These mobile communities can accommodate populations ranging from the hundreds to the thousands, depending on the nature and duration of the event.

Understanding geospatial relationships that involve issues like topography, water supply, waste disposal, power sources, plumbing, transportation, infrastructure, security and logistics have to be considered - quickly. Those factors will influence everything from shower locations, to sleeping accommodations, food preparation, dining, equipment staging, training, and more.

Mistakes not only cost money. They can compromise safety, flexibility and the overall effectiveness of mobile operations.

Market Opportunity

To mitigate these risks, planners rely on good data and mapping to facilitate their planning efforts. Historically, that process has been centered on two-dimensional (2D) plains. Even 3D modeling has been practiced primarily on a 2D grid.

One of the primary challenges faced by professionals is that building these data-intensive models can take several days, an interval of time many site planning and operations teams simply do not enjoy. Add to that the increasing frequency of largescale disaster response initiatives and it’s easy to understand why agencies like FEMA, state and local offices, as well as planners mapping long-range deployments are operating under considerable duress.

What’s needed is a 3D modeling capability that provides a highly accurate, simulated view of planned base camp operations and activity. Moreover, it must be readily available - and accessible - to key stakeholders. The ability for emergency and event planners to see a spatially accurate view of a base camp at work - before it’s actually built - is a game-changer.

The Ellipse-Sightline Solution

Ellipse Global, one of the largest integrated mobile support and disaster relief companies in North America, has partnered with leading-edge tech firm Sightline Maps to bring a mapping solution to the market that achieves the aforementioned goals. The leading-edge technology effectively creates accessible, customized, to-scale immersive experiences using 3D image data.

Site planners can walk through an area in 3D without the hassle or expense of software downloads. They can also add buildings and other structures to the model that do not currently exist.

Combined with the large repository of GIS data available to Ellipse through its contract client relationships, Sightline’s technology takes modeling to the next level. Stakeholders can conveniently collaborate and sign off on prospective plans for basecamps, see how environmental concerns and topographic details will affect layouts, and communicate other decisions that normally happen after an incident has occurred.

The turnaround time for the Ellipse-Sightline custom 3D model can be as little as one day, assuming the lead agency has the data. If not, most sites can be mapped and processed in approximately 3-4 days - a quantum leap forward compared to traditional modeling.

Seeing the Events of Tomorrow. Today.

Imagine placing a generator in a proposed food service facility and seeing its proximity to the area in which it must provide power. Or, the actual distance between showers and dressing area. Perhaps you want to adjust the distance between buildings and water supply lines or drains.

In a profession where situations and circumstances can arrive with hurricane-force velocity, having the flexibility to quickly pivot and re-deploy resources is vital. Until now, professionals could only dream about having a proportionally accurate map in which to guide their efforts.

The pen-and-ink world of yesterday has given way to today’s customizable 3D solutions. Thanks to cloud-based technology, Ellipse Global and Sightline Maps can bring these models to market with unprecedented speed and accuracy.

Imagine no more. The future of disaster response modeling is here. Today.