Forward by Carol Ostergren (thanks). We have to make sure our data is complete!
This article in last Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle points to PG&E’s inadequate GIS as one problem that led to the San Bruno explosion that killed 8 people. Here are some quotes from the article:
“Experts interviewed by The Chronicle said the problems weren’t with the software but with data entry and the implementation of the ESRI programs by PG&E and its contractors.”
“Reiydelle said it didn’t take long on the job for him to find out that the upgrade project and the entire GIS system had been a mess for a long time. He said only 70 percent of the data in the GIS database are accurate and that overall, it is “a really dangerously bad project.” “
The entire article is here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/13/MNAC1HLG95.DTL