Using a 3D imaging system created for the U.S. Forest Service by the Rochester Institute of Technology, a World Bank-funded project is surveying the Haiti earthquake devastation to assist future reconstruction efforts. Look for surveys to routinely use 3D laser range finders in future disasters. R.C.J.
With thousands of victims still in the rubble after the devastating earthquake earlier this month, Haiti's priority is still search and rescue, but rebuilding is already being planned. To rebuild Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, the first step will be to survey the damage, then estimate what is needed for, and where to start, reconstruction. To aid in that effort, the World Bank has funded a five-day mission to map the damage, detect any remaining fires, show possible chemical spills, and identify surface contamination on lakes and ponds.
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