With Tremendous International Support, iPad App for Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan is Released

| November 21, 2013 | Comments (2)

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Three years ago, Louisiana’s Office of Community Development – Disaster Recovery Unit provided $2.5 million in funding for Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) to develop the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan. Utilizing New Orleans architecture firm Waggonner and Ball, along with international water management experts, the plan was developed.

Urban Water Plan 1GNO Inc. and the Royal Netherlands Embassy have announced the launch of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan iPad app, which is now available for download in the Apple Store. The app was designed to share the goals of decreasing flooding and increasing the quality of life in Southeast Louisiana with the general public.

Global leaders who participated in the development of the app hope that other cities will follow suit, spreading information and solutions to water and climate challenges.

Dutch Ambassador Rudolf Bekink, said “The app is a gorgeous tool that makes accessible to its users the complex interactions of hydrology, geology, drainage, landscape architecture and urban planning. We’re confident that the app will encourage other cities in the US and around the globe to look to the Netherlands and to New Orleans as leaders in the emerging field of climate and landscape adaptation.”

“The release of the iPad app for the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan puts water management in the hands of everyday citizens,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of GNO, Inc. “Implementation of the Urban Water Plan will make Greater New Orleans a better place to live and work, while building our new brand as national “water experts” – something clearly to be in demand in a world of increasing weather volatility.”

Local firm Blue Crab Labs designed the app, the video was produced by Fat Happy Media, the historical map renderings were done by Richard Campanella, and photography was done by Chris Grainger Photography.

“The app component of the plan gave us a chance to distill a series of complex urban design and engineering issues into an innovative interactive form,” said Pableaux Johnson of Blue Crab Labs. “The project was a great chance to work with an international team — from the planners at Waggonner and Ball, the folks at GNO inc, and the contingent from the Netherlands — to explain their approach to solving one of the region’s most pressing problems.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/maxwell.gaudin Maxwell Gaudin

    You can’t get more Louisiana with your dev shop than Blue Crab Labs and the principal being named Pableaux.

    I would love to see a review of the app along with announcing it exists.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AhContraire AhContraire

    While I am pretty sure the iPad app gets its job done (and this is not a comment on that app quality or app maker, whatsoever), IMO, this urban water plan is a waste of tax payer dollars as it doesn’t take into account the critical difference between the Netherlands and New Orleans.

    First, the number of storms per year and amount of water falling per hour is around 40% to 100% more on average than the Netherlands.

    Second, the AVERAGE TEMPERATURE, during the SUMMER, in the Netherlands is like 71 degrees Fahrenheit . This makes a big difference in MOSQUITOES and insect control. New Orleans has a very, very aggressive plan to spray and kill mosquitoes as well as eliminate ANY and ALL standing water where mosquitoes can breed along streets.
    Yellow Fever Epidemics in New Orleans – http://bit.ly/InAe40
    (Yellow Fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease.)

    And look who the plan was created and backed by?
    Architects and landscape artists?

    Do you hear any widespread Engineering support all across America as opposed to “on-the-payroll” local support?

    Why is the Army Corp so silent?

    And do you think the Exec Dir of SW&B has done a good job with the streets of New Orleans? Where is the technical degree or knowledge with executive positions of the SW&B?

    To think one can “live” with the water using the plans of the Netherlands for New Orleans is like saying a truck can do the work of an airplane as they both get stuff, or people, from point A to point B.