On September 8th, 2014, Grand Challenges Canada poured $2.4 million in seed money into 22 innovations out of Canada and other parts of the world, aiming to solve health care problems in developing countries. One of these innovation is HumanIT3D which aims to transform disaster response with 3D technology. This innovation was created by Abdo Shabah, a 2013 McGill – HEC Montréal EMBA alumnus, and his team.
Ushering in a new way of managing resources post-disaster
As the Ebola outbreak rages on in West Africa, this is perhaps the most relevant, timely project. Montreal scientists are gearing their project towards humanitarian response in a disaster, and touch on a key point: communication, planning and organization are critical.
The Quebec Medical Association researchers came up with HumanIT3D – a GIS or geographic information system – that could be used during crises or disasters. It’s mobile, interactive, in 2D or 3D and can be used for planning and decision-making between emergency response teams in the field and their supporting NGOs. They can decide where hospital beds, temporary housing, and other resources should go.
They’re hoping it’s a game-changer for disaster planning and emergency situations. They’ve already collaborated with the Red Cross to make sure it works in simulation and real life scenarios.
Here is another article about Abdo’s team project published on the EMBA website: