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TitleDecision simulations for safer risk-based land-use recommendations
AuthorStruik, L C; Walker, R
SourceCanadian Risk and Hazards Network 10th Annual Symposium - Abstracts ; 2013 p. 30
LinksPresentation online - Présentation en ligne
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20130187
PublisherCanadian Risk and Hazards Networkb
MeetingCanadian Risk and Hazards Network, Annual Symmposium; Regina; CA; November 5-8, 2013
File formathtml; pdf
Subjectsgeophysics; health hazards; earthquakes; earthquake risk; earthquake studies; geological hazards
ProgramQuantitative risk assessment project, Public Safety Geoscience
AbstractExercises that simulate a municipal approval to develop land are being used to write a risk-based land use guide and build risk assessment capacity. The simulation exercises were run at the Dr. Donald B. Rix Simulation Laboratory of the Justice Institute of BC. The exercises guided staff and interested parties from Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, through a decision scenario for development proposals in debris-flood and flood prone areas. The scenarios examined the municipal need to ensure safe development for intended use. The scenarios were used to determine the real-life needs of municipal staff making recommendations for safe development in high risk situations. Potential solutions to those needs were then collated for the risk-based land-use guide. The Justice Institute of BC's simulation technology is designed to deliver interactive, problem-based immersive scenarios. Participants, working in small groups receive information about an incident through scripted streaming video and audio clips, and relevant real-life documentation. Participants work through scenarios by completing tasks and making decisions. Individual groups can interact with each other or work independently depending on the design and objectives of the simulation. All activities are monitored, and all decisions and decision rationales are stored to a database for review. The presentation highlights the benefits of using simulation technology in land-use decision scenarios for professional development, situational awareness, team building, process improvement and finding low-risk solutions for developments proposed for high-risk situations.
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Describes how emergency management event response simulation technology was used to simulate a municipal land-use decision for purposes of understanding how those decisions are made and developing capacity in use of hazard risk assessment for making safer development decisions.