Thailand's NECTEC Visits Taiwan's NCHC for Cooperation on Disaster Management Information2013/04/08
On March 13th-16th, 2013, an eight-person team, led by Dr. Pansak Siriruchatapong, Executive Director of Thailand's National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), and Mr. Decha Boonyakanjana, Security Management Director of Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), visited Taiwan's National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) to begin a new cooperation to build a disaster management information system for Bangkok, Thailand. This system will be established to include the surveillance and management of hydrological information as it pertains to Bangkok's upland reservoirs and downriver areas. The NECTEC employees approximately 680 researchers and scientists and invests USD$30 million in research annually.
The 2011 flooding in Bangkok severely impacted Thailand’s economy and, in particular, their manufacturing industry. The EGAT, operating over 30 reservoirs in Thailand, assists the NECTEC by investing funds in hydrology-related research. The NECTEC and the NCHC are closely associated in that both organizations had previously formed a partnership through another organization, the Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA). Also, the NECTEC attended the NCHC-hosted Southeast Asia International Joint Research and Training Program in HPC Applications and Networking Technology in the past. Through these prior interactions, the NECTEC developed a solid understanding of the NCHC’s disaster prevention and information platforms, as well as the capacities of disaster prevention technology in Taiwan. During this most recent visit, the NECTEC's Executive Director Pansak met with the NCHC's Director Ce-Kuen Shieh regarding the cooperation. Also, a representative team visited the NCHC's Hsinchu Headquarters office and Taichung branch for several demonstrations including 3D GIS, the NCHC's Instant Hydrology Monitoring Network, and other collaborative technologies.
■The NCHC's Director Ce-Kuen Shieh and NCHC researchers alongside their honorable guests from Thailand
■Guests from NECTEC and EGAT visit the NCHC for a demonstration.
■Guests from NECTEC and EGAT visit the NCHC's Taichung branch office.
In addition to visiting the NCHC, the guests from NECTEC and EGAT also visited Taiwan's National Space Organization (NSPO) to familiarize themselves with the collaborative effort between Taiwan's FORMOSAT-2 satellite and the THailand Earth Observation Satellite (THEOS). They also visited the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) to observe how the center operates and learn more about disaster prevention technology applications. They then proceeded to the Hydrotech Research Institute at National Taiwan University (NTU) for an introduction to its flood forecasting model. After visiting these various institutions, the guests from Thailand left with a much clearer understanding of the capacity of disaster prevention in Taiwan and a belief that their collaboration with the NCHC will increase Thailand's disaster management capability.
The representative team also invited the NCHC to visit its laboratories at the NECTEC during the PRAGMA workshop in Bangkok where both parties agreed that the collaboration should focus on the disaster management of Thailand's reservoirs and rivers. As part of the collaboration, the NECTEC will also send two researchers to the NCHC so that they may become more familiar with the NCHC's 3D GIS system as well as its Instant Environmental Monitoring Network. Finally, the NECTEC and the NCHC will jointly propose a formal research project to the EGAT.