Earthquake preparedness and response modelling toolbox (acronym: POTROG)

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For the purpose of earthquake disaster management (preparedness, response, recovery) a comprehensive web-based modelling toolbox was developed enabling earthquake hazard simulation with selectable epicentre and intensity, affecting real housing stock in Slovenia, modelling its seismic resistance and related people occupancy. This is now enabling development of significantly improved preparedness and response mechanisms, initiating through the public awareness campaign also refurbishing process.

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The innovation is in an efficient use of existing public registers and a parametric model of seismic risk of real buildings. This model was developed on individual seismic assessment of more than 1.500 existing buildings in Slovenia. It took more than 30 years to develop such extensive database. Innovation is therefore also a long-term orientation of the development.
Within the project development additional modules were added, forming one comprehensive toolbox:
- Rapid assessment toolbox – assessment of damage grades (EMS-98 scale) and usability of buildings modelling each building individually;
- Assess your own building – modelling tool for citizens;
- Assessment of seismic risk of critical infrastructure.
- Did you feel it module;
- Assessment of necessary response capacity;
- Daytime occupancy model, seismic risk of population and human life loss models;
Different tools/knowledge/aspects were integrated into one toolbox, paving the way to more earthquake resilient society.

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Year: 2013
Level of government: National/Federal government


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