Restoration Work with the Water Authority of Fiji

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

POSITION Magazine published an article written by Open Spatial Lead Geospatial Solutions Architect Gaby van Wyk about his restoration work with the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) following the devastating Cyclone Winston in its June/July 2016 issue.


I recently had the privilege of assisting Fiji with restoration work after Cyclone Winston had devastated a large part of the island nation. Cyclone Winston was the largest cyclone ever to make landfall in the south Pacific basin with windspeeds recorded up to 306km/hr and damage estimated in excess US$1.4 billion and 44 tragic fatalities.

My task was to work with the spatial team at the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) to combine, extract and analyse information from the different GIS datasets available to them.
Before I dive into some technical detail, I would like to recount some of my personal experiences. Driving through affected areas I could not help but to be awed by the sheer destructive power of nature. Yet, I was amazed at the resilience with which people rose to the challenges thrown at them.
Download the complete article here.