26 & 27 May 2010
Nanyang Executive Centre
Nanyang Technological University
Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Regional Workshop 2010
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The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) is a public/private partnership initiated by the Global Science Forum of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-GSF). GEM aims to build an open worldwide standard for calculating and communicating earthquake risk as well as to establish an international “Global Earthquake Risk Model”, which will provide accurate risk information to support decisions and actions that mitigate earthquake damages worldwide. More information via the GEM website: http://www.globalquakemodel.org/
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, Geoscience Australia (GA) in Australia and GNS Science in New Zealand have already joined the GEM partnership and are taking this initiative as a first step in promoting the development of the earthquake risk model for Southeast Asia. The first Southeast Asia Regional Initiative for the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Workshop was successfully conducted on 26 – 27 May 2010 in Singapore. During this Workshop, Marco Pagani and Helen Crowley from the GEM Foundation shared the GEM-1 Hazard and Risk Group updates with the participants. Speakers from Australia, Indonesia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore presented the various methodologies and techniques developed by their countries to deal with earthquake events. The primary focus of these presentations was on minimising damages and casualties faced by the countries.
After the presentations, discussion groups were formed where the earthquake engineering professionals synergised to come up with better solutions that could be employed in the area of earthquake management.