Praise for Bruce Henderson

| October 24, 2007

Since BruceH has been doing all the mapping and mashups here, I have no problem posting the following kind words from one of our readers, since they all go to BruceH’s work:

Your valiant efforts at ‘mashing’ fire info into concise statements and useful maps is greatly appreciated!

I have a retired Marine son in Vista, his daughter and her husband in Oceanside and his Marine son presently at Pendleton.  I also have a sister on Coronado Island who works at Balboa Park.

In situations like that of Monday, graphic information on exactly where a fire is and how it’s moving is extremely important and very difficult to come by for someone like me, concerned at a distance about the safety of loved ones.

The usual emergency information sites were very slow and not very informative, at least with updated information in a rapidly-changing situation.  One such, after taking several minutes to come up late Monday, provided; “We have a fire situation in the county”.  Very helpful, eh??!!

Late Monday night, CNN was not much better – endlessly re-running short video clips of flames with 6-hour old stories for the fifth time… and not a good map to be seen!  As a former map graphics guy myself, I feel that a decent map conveys more of such desperately wanted information in a few seconds than an hour of yakking heads and constantly repeated, meaningless video clips.

You guys could teach the emergency services a thing or six about coordinating and mashing – to the benefit of all.

Again… great work!  Be very proud of how much aid you provided to many worried folks!

I’ve actually gotten a number of similar e-mails, almost all regarding BruceH’s excellent map and visualization work. And, of course, he’s done all this while having to be ready to evacuate himself.  ..bruce..

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Category: Main, SAN DIEGO EMERGENCIES, San Diego Fires

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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