FEMA Hazard Mitigation Study

Superstorm Sandy struck Long Island on October 29, 2012, causing significant impacts to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) transmission and distribution system. CHA is assisting LIPA in gathering information on the impact of Sandy on 150 of its circuits, and we are developing mitigation strategies to reduce the impact of future storm events.

CHA developed a tablet-based data collection application for use in gathering condition information throughout Eastern Long Island, in addition to a desktop design tool for automating the preparation of field construction packages. Inspectors used tablets to quickly gather assessment data, photos and GPS coordinates. The tablets were pre-loaded with circuit maps and historical outage data for improved navigation and field efficiency. The data was then uploaded to a central database application for review by office engineers. The engineers used the application to prepare reports for submittal to FEMA and for formulating circuit designs to improve reliability and safeguard against future storm events. The design tool also featured integrated linkages to GIS to automate the production of annotated construction maps, which greatly reduced production time and improved the accuracy of final deliverables.

Project Services:
  • Mobile Data Collection
  • Application Development
  • Dashboard Design
  • Database Development
  • GIS Mapping
  • Process Automation