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Supporting civil engineers during disaster response and recovery using a segway mobile workstation chariot

Peña-Mora, F, Thomas, J, Golparvar-Fard, M and Aziz, ZUH 2012, 'Supporting civil engineers during disaster response and recovery using a segway mobile workstation chariot' , Supporting Civil Engineers during Disaster Response and Recovery Using a Segway Mobile Workstation Chariot, 26 (3) , pp. 448-455.

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Abstract

This paper presents a mobile workstation chariot (MWC) that enables first responders and civil engineers to undertake initial disaster reconnaissance and damage assessment operations by quickly traversing hazardous terrain and through provisioning of a necessary computing infrastructure to support real time communication with the command center. The MWC comprises a personal transporter equipped with on board communication equipment and computational processing capabilities to collect, archive, analyze, and report large quantities of data from a disaster site to provide better situation awareness of an emerging disaster scenario. In the case study presented here, the MWC uses a commercially available Segway Personal Transporter modified with a framework designed to carry a payload of information gathering and communication equipment. The MWC supports both horizontal and vertical real time data capture and transmission flow from first responders and civil engineers on the scene up to the command center by means of multilevel wireless voice and data communication infrastructures. This on board computational and visualization infrastructure allows for collecting, aggregating and deaggregating semiautomatic data, analyzing, recording, and reporting critical response and recovery information easily and quickly

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: Supporting Civil Engineers during Disaster Response and Recovery Using a Segway Mobile Workstation Chariot
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
ISSN: 0887-3801
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: ZUH Aziz
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 11:21
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2015 11:21
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/37337

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