I was very excited to find that one of my colleagues worked with Autodesk partners to use Infrastructure Modeler to help with the Japanese 2011 tsunami recovery effort in Otsuchi Japan. For a graphic description of some of the devastation that happened in Otsuchi, take a look at this blog from a northern Californian who visited to help with the relief effort.
Infrastructure Modeler was used to help show how high different parts of the town would have to be filled in and reconstructed to safeguard against future earthquake and tsunami events. Approximately 50% of the town was destroyed by a surge that crested tsunami blocking walls and swept inland by at least 2 km.
Autodesk staff worked with Engineers from the Iwate Digital Engineer Training Center to help build 3D models that could demonstrate the recovery plans in a visual medium that was understandable by town officials and citizens.
Infrastructure Modeler screen shot showing planning details in another view of the Otsuchi model
The devastation to the lives and property of the town of Otsuchi is terrible and we're really glad that Infrastructure Modeler can help the town plan for a safer future.