Safehub becomes the first organization to join the GEM Governing Board as Small Business Start-up Advisor Sponsor. GEM offered this type of sponsorship after the Board’s approval in June this year. Led by CEO Andy Thompson, Safehub collaborated with GEM in 2019 to model the vulnerability of buildings with OpenQuake using data generated directly from motion sensors installed in buildings, as well as to develop models that can convert directly sensor data into estimates of damage or economic losses.
The new partnership is expected to continue the work started last year, which looked at how sensor data at building and portfolio levels can be used to improve estimates of building vulnerability, and conversely, how well-calibrated vulnerability models can be used to improve the accuracy of damage estimates post-earthquake.
“We are proud to welcome Safehub into the GEM family. We are looking forward to leveraging the success of our technical collaboration with them last year to further improve the modelling of structural robustness from its motion sensors installed within buildings.” John Schneider, GEM Secretary General.
The information from sensors and improved vulnerability estimates will be useful to building owners, risk managers, and business continuity professionals for risk transfer and planning purposes (e.g., insurance) or post-earthquake response, including evacuation.
“GEM is an ideal partner for Safehub, not just because of the science-based, flexible and open way in which it operates, but also because it has brought together a community of people that think across a broad spectrum of risk.” Andy Thompson, Safehub CEO.
He further added that Safehub’s technology, a physics-based approach to risk analysis, is completely compatible with GEM’s OpenQuake Engine.
Based in San Francisco, Safehub provides organizations with real-time, building-specific earthquake damage information to expedite emergency response and recovery. Through its cloud-based Safehub platform, business continuity and resilience managers are able to prioritize building assessments and resources while resuming operations as quickly as possible. For more information, please visit http://www.safehub.io.
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