MAEviz: An Earthquake Loss Assessment RCP Tool

Shawn Hampton (University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications), Terry McLaren (The National Center for Supercomputing Applications), Christopher Navarro (National Center for Supercomputing Applications), JONG LEE (National Center for Supercomputing Applications)

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A new generation of tools is needed to enable researchers and practicing engineers to leverage investments in new methodologies and software infrastructure while enabling customization to local conditions. MAEviz represents such a next generation of seismic risk assessment software, based on the Mid-America Earthquake (MAE) Center research in Consequence-based Risk Management (CRM) and designed to be extended, customized, and evolved to meet the needs of specific organizations and regions. CRM is a new paradigm focused on seismic risk reduction across regions or systems that incorporates all components and component interdependencies in modeling risk, producing loss estimates, and quantifying the potential impact of an event on society in terms of human loss, economic disruption and loss. The modular design of MAEviz enables it to be more dynamic than other loss assessment software. The Eclipse RCP architecture allows MAEviz to support different analysis types, attenuation algorithms, inventory types and fragilities to improve model accuracy. Using an extensible, easy to use software system such as MAEviz helps bridge the gap between researchers, practitioners and policy-makers by integrating the latest research findings and most accurate data into state-of-the-art methodologies and an extensible software platform. With such a system, researchers, practitioners and decision-makers can work together to understand the potential impact of an event to develop risk reduction strategies and implement mitigation actions to the benefit of society.

Terry McLaren is a program manager at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with the responsibility for coordinating project activities of the Cyberenvironments and Technologies (CET) Directorate. He's also responsible for defining the activities of the MAEviz development team to meet the scientific, usability and architectural needs of the Mid-America Earthquake Center.

Chris is the lead developer of the MAEviz software project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) located at the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign campus. Chris coordinates with members of the Mid America Earthquake Center to understand their needs for future releases of MAEviz.

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