Almería, Spain: A Spanish company, Geoconstructivas Decisions (DG), developed a software that will allow governments to instantly respond to emergencies created by earthquakes. It was funded by the Technological Corporation of Andalusia (CTA). The software is developed under a project ‘Seisem.’
The software will allow monitoring and quantification of seismic risk at municipal level for their emergency planning and early warning. The ‘software’ developed by DG represent the seismic hazard of each point of the city on a digital map using GIS, which divides the city into zones of equal danger on the basis of action ‘in situ’ and local seismology. Furthermore, the GIS-based digital map specifies so-called lifelines, ie, hospitals, firefighters, schools and police.
The project, called ‘Seisem’ is expected to be completed at the end of this year. It aims to achieve improvement in planning and response to earthquakes. The result is a simulation system that works interactively on the digital map of the municipality, which recorded seismic risk in every building and street for every possible scenario after the earthquake.
The project is being developed in collaboration with a research group of Applied Geophysics from the University of Almeria (UAL). Presently, the work is going on at four locations in the provinces of Almería, Granada and Malaga, where seismic risk is higher.