Microsoft’s Power BI-based app speeds recovery efforts in Hurricane-devastated Caribbean

In September two Category 5 hurricanes ripped through the Caribbean causing extensive damage. Microsoft responded to the call for assistance by donating staff, software and online resources to help coordinate the recovery, resulting in a custom app called the Microsoft Building Damage Assessment app.

With a Power BI backend, the app lets officials tabulate the total amount of damage to housing stock and detect trends, like certain types of building materials that were more prone to collapse. The app, which is optimized for tablets, let users easily enter information using drop-down boxes, photos and GPS location, works offline and can then upload the data for analysis when a connection is available.

Author: Surur


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