Geoinformatic for Relief Practice – Tham Luang Cave Rescues

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Geoinformatic for Relief Practice – Tham Luang Cave Rescues

October 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Geoinformatic for Relief Practice – Tham Luang Cave Rescues

Thai rescue authorities work together to support the staging of equipment for pumping operations July 2, 2018, at Chiang Rai, Thailand. At the request of the Royal Thai government, the United States, through USINDOPACOM, sent a search and rescue team from Okinawa, Japan to assist Thai rescue authorities in locating 12 youth football players and their coach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

A special presentation on  "Geoinformatic for Relief Practice: Tham Luang Cave Rescues" will be held on 10 October 2018 at the Milton E. Bender Jr. Auditorium from 13:00-15:00 hours.

The presentation will be delivered by three members from the core rescue team from the Department of Mineral Resource, DMR Thailand and GIS Co. Ltd. They will focus on the story on role of GIS for the Tham Luang cave mission to rescue 13 boys at Chiang Rai in 23 June – 10 July 2018 (18 days).

About the Speakers

Dr. Somsak Wathanaprida is currently the Director of Environment Geology Section, Department of Mineral Resources, Bangkok, Thailand and has served several divisions of this department from last 21 years. He holds a PhD degree in Environmental science obtained from University of East Angelia, Norwich, UK. He is double masters in Marine sciences and Oceanography from Kasetsart University, Thailand and Old Dominion University, US respectively.

Mr. Chanist Prasetbunakul is the Aerospace Digital Mapping Department Manager in GIS Co. Ltd. He also serves as a guest lecturer of Photogrammetry for Geography at Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University. Previously, he also served ESRI Thailand for 6 years. His Master’s degree is from Mahidol University, Thailand and Bachelors from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Mr. Songkorn Siangsuebchart is a Senior GIS Technical Consultant in GIS Co. Ltd. He is currently a PhD student in Remote Sensing and GIS Field of Study in Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Prior to this, he also worked in ESRI Thailand for 14 years. His Masters and Bachelor degrees are from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Abstract: Behind the scenes story of GIS role for rescuing mission of Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non operated by the Department of Mineral Resources, GIS company and ESRI Thailand The search and Rescue Mission of Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non was one of toughest missions in the world. The great challenge was how the 12 boys and a coach could be safely rescued out of 10 kilometers or 6 miles of the complexed underground karst topography. Many parties joined this mission including Thailand government organizations and international teams and rescuer. By the integration of all knowledges and functions of all government agencies, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) was assigned as the data center since it has the expertise on geology and cave. DMR had to collaborate closely with the Department of Natural Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) ,the Royal Irrigation Department (RID), the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, Royal Thai Navy, and others for this mission. For cave mapping and topographic and hydrological analysis, DMR collaborated with mapping and GIS expert companies of Thailand; ESRI Thailand and GIS company to form the GIS team to support this rescue mission by employing GIS and related technology. Hence, we started with 1) gathering and generating topographic and geologic data, 2) interpreting and extracting cave information, 3) analyzing cross section, topography and hydrology to determine the disappeared stream and origin of water and analyzing the way to divert the flow, 4) monitoring the water level and rainfall intensity and distribute the map to the ground team. All these value information and maps were published by DMR and distributed to all DMR’s allies. This session will explain the story behind the scenes of GIS role for rescuing mission operated by the Department of Mineral Resources, GIS company and ESRI Thailand in Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non.


October 10, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Milton E. Bender Jr. Auditorium Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Asian Institute of Technology

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