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  • To develop a strategy for linking GDIN and industry, with the aim of encouraging this sector to develop useful GDIN pilot projects, so as to use the latest technology, and to participate in GDIN substantive working groups and Conferences. The concept is to develop a mutually useful partnership.
Deliverables Scheduled for GDIN2001, Canberra, Australia. March 2001:
  • Strategy Paper: Why industry needs to join GDIN and why GDIN could be of benefit to industry. Will include a blueprint for an outreach program.


  • David Baxa, Vice President, Vista Information Technologies and GDIN Working Group Senior Advisor
  • Ilker Bayraktar, Vice President, AeroVironment - Manufacturing

  • Robert J. Coullahan (BIO) , Assistant Vice President Disaster Preparedness & Consequence Management Programs, Science Applications International Corporation

  • Lowell F. Eastman, Brandt Goldsworthy/McTalbot Financial - Manufacturing

  • Dale Endresen,Deputy Program Manager, General Atomics Corporation - Manufacturing

  • Bobby Hartway, Senior Systems Analyst, Teledyne Technologies, Chairman of the NIUSR's Extreme Information Infrastructure (XII) Requirements Committee

  • Laurie Johnson, Manager of Risk Applications of Risk Management Solutions (RMS) - Insurance

  • Hermen M. Rehorst, Senior Consultant, Surround

  • Giuseppe Rondinelli, Risk Management Programs, Telespazio, SPA - Telecommunications.
  • Charles T. (Chip) Whittier, President, TEDSCo Inc.
  • Barry Fell, Advanced Systems & Technology, BAE Systems
  • Tom McKannon, Raytheon Company

Reports and Links:

Statements of Support:

  • "… GDIN represents an opportunity for industry to help itself in doing business related to disasters in the future. The GDIN initiative is real, it is receiving widespread support, and participation is truly international. The value proposition is such that a small investment in time and energy now in helping to get GDIN in place can pay off big dividends in the future.

    Further, industry has a chance to "get in on the ground floor" and greatly influence the character and content of GDIN as it evolves (and evolve, it will!). The benefits include better information on disasters and priorities for recovery, perhaps some early warning on disasters in the making so that industry can better protect property and reduce the risk of loss, and educating the world community on measures that can employed to help mitigate losses in future disaster scenarios. In each case, industry has a role to play and their bottom line can directly benefit from implementation of GDIN--the business climate around the world will be improved over what exists today.

    Beyond this, the information sharing associated with GDIN may also provide additional conduits for getting the buyers of a whole host of goods and services together with those who sell those goods and services. I think this business case needs to be repeatedly articulated to those in industry with whom you have contact. "
    David Baxa, Vice President VISTA

  • "… Industry in the US and around the world has assets in disaster prone countries. to the extent that GDIN can provide them early warning, we provide an added value potential industry partners should invest in.

    … products developed for Turkey in the aftermath of their first earthquake are not only valuable to a government's response and future mitigation, they are also valuable for industry. People on the ground can use them to plan their immediate activities, restructuring etc. In addition, the products provide a blueprint to industry to understand if they have products that would be useful in the reconstruction phase.

    … many firms have telecommunications capabiltiies that outstrip that of local authorities. It would be useful if we could bring those capabilities into play, especially as we enhance the capacity of a nation to share disaster information in all phases. Shell has satellites. Coke has distribution centers. So does ARAMCO.

    … information standards are key to success in disaster management. It makes sense then industry help us develop standards that meet their needs."
    Larry Roeder, U.S. Department of State