Participate in the SSSI FireWater Map-a-thon

September 20, 2020

The Surveying & Spatial Science Institute is pleased to announce preparations are underway for the SSSI FireWater Map-a-thon. This Map-a-thon will be held on Saturday 31 October 2020 and will focus on bushfire preparedness for the upcoming bushfire season. Participants will be collecting data on static water infrastructures (such as dams, water tanks and swimming pools). Once again, the OpenStreetMap (OSM) Platform and Hot Tasker Manager will be used to coordinate the mapping effort.

The previous Map-a-thon (held in February 2020) focused on bushfire recovery; this Map-a-thon focuses on bushfire preparedness. During bushfires, firefighters often have difficulty sourcing water. In some regional locations mains water may not be accessible to fight a major bushfire. Static water supplies, such as swimming pools, tanks and dams, are vital sources of water for firefighters. This map-a-thon seeks to map swimming pools, tanks and dams to update Australia’s Static Water Supply System.

The focus area for this Map-a-thon is Kangaroo Island and regional Victoria.

NGIS Australia will be setting up the project sites and will put all the systems in place to make sure the map-a-thon runs as smoothly as before. Nearmap will generously supply high resolution aerial imagery where available. As mentioned previously, the OpenStreetMap (OSM) Platform and Hot Tasker Manager will be used to coordinate the mapping effort.

The Growing Data Foundation has created a web application called FireWater, which shows how low-cost, long range radio technologies (LoRaWAN) and open GIS mapping systems can be used to provide real time water source data (such as water tanks and natural water sources) to on-the-ground fire crews. It will also incorporate a journey planning functionality, to direct fire crews to nearest available water sources. The data collected during the SSSI FireWater Map-a-thon on static water infrastructure will be used in the App.

In addition, the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying & Mapping, through its Chair Simon Costello has confirmed ICSM and its members organisations welcome the assistance of the surveying and spatial volunteer community to collect data on static water supply infrastructure.  Data collected will assist in improving the accuracy and completeness of the foundation spatial data used by emergency management. 

Register now for the SSSI FireWater Map-a-thon

No matter where you are in the world, you can participate in the SSSI FireWater Map-a-thon. We encourage all participants to register here so you are kept up to date on news, important information such as the training manual and links to the project sites (which will be sent to participants a day prior to the Map-a-thon).

The Map-a-thon will commence at 10am AEDT and will run for 24 hours, to take in to account all time zones. Participate for as long as you like during the 24hrs – there are no time restrictions.

For further information about the SSSI FireWater Map-a-thon, please email or check out the latest news on our webpage:

Check out our upcoming Webinar which talks more about the Growing Data Foundation’s FireWater App and the SSSI FireWater Map-a-thon. Details are as follows:

Webinar - FireWater App and Map-a-thon: Showing firefighters the fastest way to water.
Wed, 7th October, 2020
Time: 12PM AEDT
RSVP: Further details click here

And don’t forget to register for the SSSI FireWater Map-a-thon here

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