Thanks to the evolving tools for remote work, we have been adapting the activities of collaborative work from on site meetings and workshops to online video calls and trainings. The TREQ Project successfully conducted the first two OpenQuake online training for more than 50 participants from Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and El Salvador during April and May, 2020. The online OpenQuake training aimed to introduce and train educators in the use of the tool for scenario earthquake risk assessment. The workshops helped to identify and adjust online tools required to teach OQ remotely and maintain collaborations in the project. The results have now been used to design and customize upcoming OQ trainings for a wider audience, including students, professors and government officials in Latin America.
The TREQ project team, Catalina Yepes, Alejandro Calderon, Ana Beatriz Acevedo and Daniela Gonzalez organized the online demo. The participants got the opportunity to use the OQ engine in their own laptops, and to review the basics and necessary tools for calculating seismic risk for scenarios.