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The Future of Catastrophe Risk Management: Reducing Uncertainty After an Earthquake
On September 19th 2017, a Mexico City office building collapsed almost an hour after the ground shaking from a 7.1 earthquake stopped and unfortunately, after the people had gone back inside. Could future tragedies be prevented by today’s available building sensors?

Please join Safehub & Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation, for a live webinar where we'll discuss what we've learned about risk & resilience from previous earthquakes, how relative technology has evolved, and the true value of having building-specific data analytics after any earthquake.

In this session, we'll cover:
• Personal experiences in Mexico after the 2017 earthquake
• How sensors can now help reduce the uncertainty in estimating building vulnerability & analyze hidden, deadly damage after an earthquake
• How sensor data at building and portfolio levels can be used to improve model predictions of damage from earthquakes
• How improved vulnerability estimates can be used by building owners and risk managers for risk transfer and planning purposes (e.g., insurance) or post-earthquake response, including evacuation
• A Q&A Session


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Andy Thompson
Co-Founder & CEO @Safehub
Andy Thompson is the cofounder and CEO of Safehub, a company that provides real-time building-specific earthquake damage information. Previously, he led the global Catastrophe Risk & Insurance practice at Arup. He is an expert in risk-based design and assessment for natural and man-made hazards, and associated property insurance and business continuity solutions. With a background in structural and earthquake engineering, his work has also included supporting clients in post-disaster situations, including following earthquakes in Japan, Chile, the United States, India, and Haiti. He is coauthor of the book Peace of Mind in Earthquake Country, a recipient of Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 40-Under-40 Award, and sits on the Governing Board of the Global Earthquake Model.
John Schneider
Secretary General @Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation
John is the Secretary General of the Global Earthquake Model Foundation. He previously represented Australia on the GEM Governing Board from 2009 to 2015, serving as Chair from 2013-2015. John also served as a member of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s Science & Technology Advisory Group from 2012 to 2017. John received a PhD in geophysics from the University of Wisconsin (USA) and subsequently held positions in academia and private industry in the US. John moved to Australia in 2000 to lead the development of a natural hazards risk assessment capability for the Australian government, addressing urban risk in Australia, and later on capacity building programs in partnership with developing countries in southeast Asia and the Pacific. He has been based in Italy since February 2016 to work with GEM.
Vitor Silva
Seismic Risk Coordinator @Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation
Vitor Silva is the Seismic Risk Coordinator at the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation, and an Associate Professor at the University Fernando Pessoa in Portugal. He leads studies in structural vulnerability and probabilistic seismic risk assessment in dozens of countries, and participates in a multitude of International, European & regional projects. His research covers the assessment of earthquake impact at the global scale, incorporation of the temporal component in earthquake risk, and exploration of machine learning technology in the assessment of earthquake hazard, vulnerability & exposure. He has authored more than 100 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and was the recipient of the Shah Family Innovation Award by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute in 2018, the Natural Hazards Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award by the European Geosciences Union in 2020 & Earthquake Spectra Outstanding Paper Award in 2021.