|Abstract||In late 2009 GeoConnections commissioned a series of Geospatial Return on Investment Case Studies to add to the body of knowledge of case studies based on the GITA ROI methodology for financial analysis
of geospatial projects. This study focuses on BCeMap, developed by Emergency Management BC (EMBC) and GeoBC to enhance the Emergency Management Information Service (EMIS) being implemented by EMBC. The BC Emergency Map Viewer (BCeMap) as part of the
Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System (MASAS) is intended to enable emergency management practitioners in preparing for and mitigating the impacts of emergency incidents through timely sharing of geospatially referenced information. BceMap
focuses on situational awareness data aggregation and connection to the national MASAS.|
BCeMap provides a single resource to aggregate relevant incident data for emergency management and public safety personnel within BC and across Canada (via
the MASAS integration) rather than use of several disparate systems where overlap, higher level effects and trends could be overlooked. In addition to the inherent efficiencies of seeing multiple data types in one common view, BCeMap has the
potential to improve agency collaboration and improve public safety.
BCeMap was developed as a pilot project for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, using $198,000 in GeoConnections funding and matching in-kind resources. The pilot demonstrated
capabilities for southwest British Columbia in the area where the games were held. EMBC is currently working to secure funding to move BCeMap to a full production mode and to extend its data capabilities to include the entire province. There is also
an effort to extend awareness and training regarding the tool set throughout the stakeholder community.
Areas of where greatest tangible benefits were projected for this study include:
- Improved staff efficiency for routine operations
Improved efficiency for event response
- Greater efficiency in protection of critical infrastructure
- Greater efficiency in preservation of business continuity
Areas where additional significant benefits were projected include: better
retention of volunteers, improved effectiveness of volunteers, enhanced revenue from critical infrastructure owners, improved logistics regarding available transport during events, cost avoidance from redundant field data collection in areas with
frequent fires, time saved maintaining critical infrastructure contact information, and time saved seeking information by district health staff.
Forward-looking five-year analysis of BCeMap: Cumulative benefits are $2.4M. Net Present Value is
$1.8M, with an annualized Return on Investment of 60%. Payback period is two years. This high rate of return and short payback period points to the dramatic benefits that can be realized through use of real-time data feeds, development of standards
to support interoperability, and implementation of interagency data sharing for situational awareness.