Survey teams from Army Corps of Engineers are now using a smartphone application for Google’s Android operating system that automatically links photos, video, and text reports on flood damage with Global Positioning System information to send back information to their headquarters instantaneously.
Ted Streckfuss, the Corps’ Omaha District deputy for project management, said the mobile app has been especially useful during the current Missouri River flood that has drenched hundreds of thousands of acres of Midwest farmland and caused up to $1 billion in damage. The new app, which the Corps’ calls a mobile information collection application, or MICA, was developed at the Corps’ Engineer Research and Development Center in Mississippi that is deployed at all the Corps’ main offices. Each damage report recorded via the app includes a picture or video of flood damage plus a GPS indicator showing where the damage is and often a text explanation of anything the picture doesn’t show. Information from those reports automatically become a data point on a map.
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