The Earth Is Changing. So Is Hazus.
Rising sea levels, intensified storm surges, increased precipitation are leading to higher flooding risks. Earthquakes, some natural and others linked to fracking have spiked. The frequency of hurricanes is unpredictable, but warmer temperatures and higher sea levels will intensify their impact.
To stay ahead of changes in climate and in tune with changes in technology, we are modernizing Hazus – MH.
Hazus – MH users will be able to accurately estimate potential losses for mitigation, preparedness and recovery – our only safeguard against natural disasters.
Improved User Experience
Easy interpretation of results from data analysis is as important as the analysis itself. Millions of rows of data are a challenge to the common visualization formats, i.e. dashboards, reports, graphs and charts.
Hazus reports will provide integrated charts and graphs. They can be customized for quick searches and analysis.
Hazus users will be able to browse, select, download and import a ShakeMap to Hazus earthquake model.
ShakeMap is a product of USGS (U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program) providing near-real-time maps of ground motion and shaking intensity following significant earthquakes.
Instep with Esri ArcGIS (TM)
Hazus is the largest consumer of ARcGIS products and utilizes in built ArcObjecs to the extremes. Any updates to ArcObjects in newer versions triggers a changes in Hazus. We are revamping Hazus framework to reduce the dependencies that arise due to depracation of ArcObjects in current versions of Hazus.
An improved Hazus will fully utilize the advance capabilities of latest versions, that Esri offers.
Comprehensive Data Management System (CDMS)
CDMS will streamline and automate processing of raw data. Updated datasets can be shared between user communities for common use, instead of each user community having to make its own updates.
Local community users will have access to more accurate data.
They will have the flexbility to update FEMA state datasets, without waiting for official releases.
More precise curves
Backed by powerful Spatial data types in SQL Server 2014, Hazus will provide greater modeling precision. The geography data types for round-earth coordinate system is well suited for Hazus geospatial calculations.
The tasks of loading and extracting spatial data will be simplified.
All of this would take place on the server side, eliminating load on client side.
We are changing the database engine to take advantage of the 64 bit architecture.
To maintain tight security and protection of the systems registry, Hazus will now utilize its own configuration file and leave the systems registry untouched.
Improved Development platform
We are converting legacy VB6 code to a more flexible C# code base for better interoperability and scalability.
Doing this makes us build a solid foundation for future enhancements on the.NET framework