Development of a GIS platform for Multi-Disciplinary Community Databases to enable Earthquake Resilience and Research

This poster describes the initial steps and benefits in the creation of a GIS platform that will enable the hosting, sharing, and linking of spatial, geotechnical, structural, social, and economic datasets. This will enable interested parties to pursue multi-disciplinary research projects that aim to solve what are inherently complex and multi-faceted problems. A span of datasets will be linked to existing multi-storey buildings and integrated into an easy-to-use GIS platform that will have a range of purposes, including: (1) providing the best scientific knowledge spanning numerous disciplines to inform earthquake resilience research; (2) allowing different organisations, including local councils and iwis to make evidence based decisions regarding event-based planning and emergency management and (3) fostering engagement and sharing of data between separate research communities across different disciplines. Urban areas of Dunedin and Palmerston North are currently being used as repeatable case studies to test the feasibility and relationships required to enable the GIS platform’s capabilities. Researchers are being involved in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and flexible approach to ensure the GIS platform can benefit a wide array of groups and individuals. Building in flexibility to extend the GIS platform nationwide to construct a national, multi-disciplinary building database using consistent data standards is a primary, long-term goal for the project.