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ROVER for End-to-End Seismic Risk Management . Topics. The following will be covered: Executive summary Background: FEMA 154 and ATC-20 How ROVER works and its features Support and training of ROVER users Additional resources. Executive Summary.

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    1. ROVER for End-to-End Seismic Risk Management

    2. Topics The following will be covered: • Executive summary • Background: FEMA 154 and ATC-20 • How ROVER works and its features • Support and training of ROVER users • Additional resources

    3. Executive Summary • ROVER: fast, free, mobile software for building professionals to do seismic-safety assessments. • Web-based: so works on Android, iOS, …, though needs data connection • Integrates with other USGS & FEMA tools for real-time seismic monitoring & risk analysis • Bona fides: FEMA investment; FEMA 154 and ATC-20 standards; Cal EMA adoption • Mature training materials, support options • Extensively tested • FEMA goal for ROVER is risk mitigation

    4. ROVER in the Disaster Cycle Inventory buildings with FEMA 154 module; plan for response to low-scoring buildings; practice response in ShakeOut; estimate risk with HAZUS-MH ShakeCast-ROVER edition estimates tag colors automatically Import ROVER database to building-permit system Use ROVER ATC-20 module for safety tagging

    5. Background: FEMA 154 • ATC for FEMA, 1988, 2002: pre-earthquake rapid safety screening • Designed for building professionals • Used 100,000x • Reduced US Navy’s detailed evals by 2/3rd • Challenges: hazard, transcription, & management

    6. Background: FEMA 154 S ≥ 2 Possibly hazardous; detailed eval required Probably not hazardous

    7. Background: FEMA 154 S < 2 Possibly hazardous; detailed eval required Probably not hazardous

    8. Background: ATC-20 • ATC for OES (1988…) post-earthquake safety screening • Used by engineers, architects, building professionals • Used 100,000x or more esp. after Loma Prieta • 104,000 in Northridge • Challenges: transcribing, management

    9. ATC-67 Project Objectives • Mobile software for FEMA 154 & ATC-20 • Add digital features to the methodology • Training materials • Field tests, pilot tests, demo projects • Dissemination plan

    10. Product OverviewRapid Observation of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risk

    11. ROVER hardware: 1 smartphone or tablet (client) per inspector, + server • Collect field data with any web-connected smartphone or tablet: Android, iPad, Blackberry… • Enter field data through browser directly into server • Server is any PC • Optionally hire a service to host data, and provide server

    12. Post-earthquake data service in US • MCEER’s Katrina recon team had data service when arrived 6 Sep 2005 (landfall + 8dd) • TCLEE’s Alex Tang on ShakeOut: “There is no record of damage to telecommunications network for earthquakes with PGA of 0.4g and below.” Power in ShakeOut 1 day 1 wk 1 mo Epicentral region Optimistic restoration estimate Cautious estimate

    13. ROVER server Smartphone or tablet for post-earthquake tagging Smartphone or tablet for pre-earthquake screening RedROVER Yourother DB Optional link toother databases viaROVER’s API Optional monitoring with ShakeCast-ROVER Edition Optional HAZUS-MHanalysis

    14. Comparing ROVER to the paper-based methodologies

    15. Built-in database • Remote consulting • No need for ad-hoc database • Gets lat/lon automatically from GPS or address • Keeps photos & sketches • No transcription; less data-entry error • Consistency across jurisdictions or owners • Integrates with other databases

    16. Unlimited captioned digital photos

    17. Soil lookup; site-specific hazard • Server looks up each building’s soil type & seismic hazard from USGS databases using its latitude & longitude • Server adjusts the building’s score accordingly

    18. Disadvantages versus paper • Need for hardware • But since 2011, most mobile phones sold are smartphones, so inspectors probably already own the required hardware • 30-60 min extra training • Can more easily modify paper forms • Can’t crash a stack of paper • But you can carry paper forms to the field as a backup, and transcribe them to the server at days’ end

    19. Status • Available for free online ( & via CD in FEMA warehouse • ROVER software • Training materials • Several pilot tests have been performed (LAUSD, University of Utah, Structural Engineers Association of Utah, and others) • Cal EMA has added ROVER to its Safety Assessment Program (ATC-20 evaluator training) • Online community established through ROVER Ready Alliance webpage & LinkedIn ROVER User Group • Paper-based FEMA 154 is still an option

    20. Software and Documentation

    21. Software and Documentation

    22. Software and Documentation

    23. Tests to date Los Angeles Unified School District Nov 2008 Bob Spears, LAUSD: “We want to expand our ROVER teams and make them part of our annual District-wide earthquake drill.” Utah Seismic Safety Commission Oct 2010 Glen Palmer, SEAU: ROVER is “So much easier to use in a quick and effective way” Matt Robles, Salt Lake City structural engineer: “For structural engineers, [ROVER is] ... the single greatest advancement in the use of smartphones that I can think of.”

    24. Use for Utah schools • Utah schools pilot study: 128 buildings • After pilot, added 2500+ buildings • Champions: Lt Gov Bell, Barry Welliver • HB 278 S01 requires RVS of pre-1975 buildings as prereq for bonding. Full schools inventory is funded, likely will be largely done with ROVER.

    25. Maintenance & user support • User-community website & LinkedIn group will provide announcements and updates • User website will offer helpdesk services and users can post questions • FAQs

    26. Typical pre-earthquake uses • Inventory buildings & critical facilities • Identify and prioritize mitigation targets • Enhance municipal and public communication • Assess risk for emergency planning with HAZUS-MH

    27. Typical post-earthquake uses • Do safety tagging • Optionally prioritize tagging with ShakeCast • Remotely coordinate tagging • Document post-earthquake inspection efforts

    28. Try ROVER, get trained • Try the server: see for the testbed URL • Register at; get 1-page abstract; read users’ experience; see NEHRP SeismicWaves article, download ROVER or order CD from FEMA warehouse • Get trained • National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP): • To request NETAP training: • Currently scheduled training sessions: • On-demand training:

    29. Questions?