Project Description

01. Project Brief

Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) appointed SBP to develop a suite of potentially life-saving tools for helping mountain sports enthusiasts to assess avalanche risk before taking to the hills. 

02. Creative Development

Working with the team at SAIS, the first stage of the project was to develop a methodology that would keep the evaluation of avalanche risk as simple as possible. By breaking the process into a set of influencing factors at key locations during the planning process, it allowed us to minimise the amount of information being presented at any one time.

Key factors influencing risk are detailed throughout with access to supporting resources and tools to assist the decision making process. The toolset makes best use of smart phone technology; it includes a clinometer to measure slope angle, a slope aspect tool that integrates with the avalanche risk rose from the daily SAIS avalanche reports to provide an in screen risk analysis of the slopes around your location when in the mountains. Users have access to current avalanche reports as well as being able to report avalanches directly from the app. 

03. Results & Feedback

Informative, educational and above all effective in risk assessment, the Be Avalanche Aware initiative has achieved extremely positive appraisal, from the mountain user community, training providers and has seen adoption by the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Marines as part of their winter combat training programmes.  An Android version of the app is to follow in Spring 2017.