News Briefs: March 2022 Topiqs Newsletter

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During this period, GEM scientists have also participated in various international virtual conferences and events on loss models, earthquake risk assessment, and global challenges in earthquake risk and catastrophe modelling.


OpenQuake online training

The training was organized by GEM’s hazard and risk teams and was held from January 31st to February 3rd as part of TREQ – a USAID-supported project that started in 2020.


ASCE Lifelines Engineering Conference, Los Angeles, CA

GEM participated in the event from February 7 – 11, 2022. The event, with a theme of Understanding, Improving & Operationalizing Hazard Resilience for Lifeline Systems, was organized by ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD), in partnership with The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to commemorate 50 years of Lifeline Engineering.


Conference UCR February 9⋅5:00 – 6:00pm

GEM was invited to provide a conference lecture in the University of Costa Rica on the 9th of February. The lecture was entitled Seismic risk in structures, bridges and lifelines: from assessment to mitigation, and focused on introducing the fundamentals of the evaluation of seismic risk, and how its products can be used to mitigate risk in society. Successful examples from the TREQ project were presented to a wide audience that included students and professionals of civil engineering, geology and actuarial sciences.


GEM-GA new agreement for the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Study for Earthquakes in the Yilgarn Project (RAMSEY) signed

GEM and Geoscience Australia (GA) signed the project agreement for the new RAMSEY project that GA will be leading as a contribution to GEM. GA will be assessing the earthquake vulnerability and resilience of water, power and transportation infrastructure in Western Australia. Mark Edwards, Geoscience Australia representative to the GEM Governing Board and John Schneider, GEM Secretary General signed the RAMSEY project agreement on March 17th in Canberra, Australia.

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