Filming the Ghan Train Line

Last year EWN completed a unique project which involved recording a 360 degree view of the Ghan railway line, running from Darwin in the Northern Territory through to Alice Springs, and down to Northgate in South Australia. The project was commissioned by one of EWN's corporate clients, International Rail Management Company, Genesee & Wyoming

The project involved over 6 days of shooting, mounting the VIEW360 camera on top of one of Genesee & Wyoming's hi-rail vehicles and driving along the track at approximately 80 kms an hour. Our team covered 2200 km of railway track, captured 2.5 million separate images by the six cameras on EWN's VIEW360.

It was a super exciting project to be part of and we saw some incredible scenery and landscapes along the way! Here are just a few of the images captured by EWN.

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If you would like to see more VIEW360 footage visit our website to see our other recent projects.

NSW and QLD Riverview360
View360 flood footage
Fraser Island 

The EWN team.

Image credits // Rowe Timson, Michael Bath and James Harris.

Landscape Photography Competition Winners

Last month we ran themed photo competitions on our Facebook page. We gave away JB Hifi vouchers and a GoPro Camera. There were so many amazing images entered and we wanted to share a few with you. Here are the winners chosen by the EWN team and the people’s choice awards chosen by our Facebook followers.

Sunset Theme Winner // David Bostock

Storm Theme Winner // Russell Knoblock

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Sunset Theme People’s Choice // Annette Schimke

Storm Theme People’s Choice // Steven Forward

If you would like to see more of the entries, you can see the water themed gallery here, the storm themed gallery here and the sunset gallery here. Roweena ~ EWN Team.

Situation Room Update

The Situation Room has recently added in a new feature for clients to run reports on infrastructure and assets potentially affected by severe weather or natural hazards. With the ability to import asset layers into the Situation Room, the new reporting tool allows clients to run reports when severe weather is forecast or warnings are issued whilst locating which assets will be affected. Reports can be sent internally and allow immediate plans to be put in place. With the Situation Room providing clients with a complete overview of weather and natural hazards in Australia, this new reporting tool is a perfect addition.

James ~ EWN Team

Situation Room

With flooding a major threat to business across Australia, the latest version of the EWN Situation Room now provides full rainfall and river observations for every state and territory. The GIS based system now boasts a powerful set of tools with the combination of EWN Meteorologist forecasts, warnings and real time observations including rainfall and river heights all available on the one screen. Business are now able to see assets layered with weather and natural hazard threats in real time, providing a greater understanding of risks and subsequently putting in place action plans to ensure safety of staff and assets. Not only will this provide better safety for staff, it minimises the potential loss of goods and assets from such events.

James ~ EWN Team

Welcome to the EWN Blog

We live in a persistent 24HR news and messaging cycle which almost casually contrasts the extremes of our country's natural beauty and it's all too often terrifying brutality. We experience minute by minute analysis and graphic reporting of all those things hurting us. My job is to ensure you know what's coming and what might hurt you before you get brutally kicked in the ass and added to that news cycle.

This is still Dorothy Mackellar's sunburnt country, an Island nation with a temperament that provides bounty on one hand but packs a powerful back hand delivery on the other. Sweeping plains, droughts, flooding rains, fires and the terror of the wide brown land are apt descriptions. At EWN we are in the middle of this natural melee

Since we started the Early Warning Network in 2007, the conversation has increasingly been about what we can all do about it. So much so, that our 24/7 hands-on action stations approach has been continually expanding and evolving its range of services and it sure keeps us busy.

This past month has seen me with the EWN team traversing the Ghan in a hi-rail, taking to waterways with our View360 gear, bunkered down in the wee small hours issuing alerts to individuals, communities and businesses in every state of Australia, and talking at length with major companies and local governments about how our situation room and safe@work apps can help them keep on keeping on in the face of increasingly erratic weather, bushfires, road closures and every other kind of risk.

One message comes through loud and clear while there are many things in our environment we can't control, the better informed people are about impending hazards, the easier it is to navigate their challenges. We are here to help keep you informed and we will be sharing stories and links to all our projects here on the blog.

Kerry Plowright.