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Research Highlights 2013-14

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Building Riskscape on a generic risk framework has enabled its modular design.


A key advance during 2013 has been the development of the real-time individual asset attribute collection tool (RiACT), inventory repository and asset repository web portal. RiACT uses real-time telecommunication, georeference (GPS) and in-built camera capabilities to collect the characteristics and/or damage conditions for each asset (i.e., a building). Observations from the field can be transferred through WiFi or 3G to the Inventory Repository, or conversely, a user can download stored asset information while in the field. RiACT is compatible with RiskScape and will significantly enhance the building inspection protocols forming from the recommendations of the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission. RiACT was developed by Sheng-Lin Lin (GNS Science) and is based on the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) IDCT Android Tool.*


Lin, S.L.; King, A.B.; Matcham, I. 2014 Exposure data development framework : Real-time Individual Asset Attribute Collection Tool (RiACT), inventory repository & asset repository web portal. paper no. O36 In: Towards integrated seismic design : New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering 2014 Technical Conference and AGM, 21-23 March 2014, Aotea Centre, Auckland. New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (Link ♦).


The Risk Theme has also been involved in workshops with key end users such as the National Infrastructure Unit, Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team, Christchurch City Council, Orion and telecommunication networks. Together, we are devising damage and fragility functions for different lifeline utilities to inform rebuild priorities and repair or replacement strategies. We have also developed a Risk Framework with the New Zealand Transport Agency to assist in a national plan of network resilience, and damage projections were developed for KiwiRail using RiskScape.

Hyogo Framework 

The Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015) is a global initiative in natural hazard risk reduction. A post-2015 Framework will be developed at the UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan.


Andrew King (Risk Theme Leader) became a member of the Science Advisory Board for the Global Earthquake Model (GEM). In addition, King, SR Uma (GNS Science), and Graeme Smart (NIWA) were invited to participate in a UN-initiated building vulnerability workshop in Canberra, where regional fragility functions for earthquake, wind, flood, volcano and tsunami were developed. Members of the Risk Theme also participated in the 2015 Global Assessment Report (GAR) on Disaster Risk Reduction. GAR is a biennial global assessment and comprehensive review of natural hazards risk management. The GAR contributes to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) by monitoring risk patterns, trends and progress in disaster risk reduction while providing strategic policy guidance to the international community.

*IDCT, Inventory Data Capture Tool

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Last updated 20 Nov 2014