HAZUS-MASAS is not a magic incantation used by GIS wizards, just the name of an interesting project I was involved with (on the data engineering side of things) when I worked at Galdos Systems, back in Vancouver. I just saw CEO Ron Lake has written an article about it on the company’s blog. In short, the goal of the project was to enable the distribution of HAZUS files (created with a FEMA-provided ArcGIS plugin for the estimation of potential losses from natural disasters, like earthquakes or floods) through the Canadian Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System (MASAS), used by emergency managers. Some of the UI was done with the ArcGIS Viewer for Flex (screenshot above): In the backend, it connected with INdicio (a CSW-ebRIM implementation), which provided metadata about indicators extracted from HAZUS files, as well as the contents of the indicators themselves, stored as KML documents.

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Last update from Vancouver

Today is my last day in Canada: I am taking a plane back to Geneva (via Frankfurt) in the next hour. I definitely had a great time here!

Here are a some of the last photos I took. Above, the 2012 Vancouver Zombiewalk.

Above, the Academic Quadrangle at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby campus). Featured in Battlestar Galactica.

Above, pond at the VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Above, Bill Reid‘s statue “The Raven and the First Men” at the Museum of Anthropology.

Above, cosplayers at Anime Revolution 2012.

Above, view of Robson Square from the roof of the British Columbia Provincial Court.

Above, Wreck Beach at low tide.


The week after Whistler, I went to the capital of the province of British Columbia, Victoria, located on Vancouver Island. It was just for a day but I enjoyed the change of scenery.

Above, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings.

Above, Victoria’s inner harbour.

Above, seal in Fisherman’s Wharf.

Above, Centennial Square.

Above, Chinatown.

Above, totem pole in Thunderbird Park.

Above, killer whales near the Fairmont Empress hotel.


A couple of weeks ago, I went to Whistler for a few days. It was quite awesome!

Above, Black Tusk from Whistler Mountain summit.

Above, aboard the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, that joins Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain.

Above, summer snowboarding at 7th Heaven on Blackcomb Mountain.

Above, kern near Blackcomb Lake.

Above, people near Alta Lake.

Above, on the way back to Vancouver, glacier seen from seaplane.

Seaplane tour

Yesterday, I went on my first seaplane ride, a 45-min tour departing from and arriving at the Vancouver Harbour. Here are some pictures I took on the flight.

Above, the Lions Gate Bridge.

Above, Kitsilano beach.

Above, lake in the mountains.

Above, mountains on the North Shore.

Above, more mountains.

Above, the end of Indian Arm.

Above, boating docks near Indian Arm.

Vancouver update

I haven’t posted in a very long time but I am still alive and in Vancouver. Here are some pictures I took in the last few months. Above, the Burrard inlet from the Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre.

Above, fog in the Capilano River Regional Park.

Above, detail of the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Above, morning fog in Downtown Vancouver.

Above, Victory Square.

Above, Seabus terminal and Harbour Centre.

Above, black sphere in Stanley Park.

Above, geese near English Bay.

Above, ship entering the Burrard inlet.