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RiskMeter Online Training. Agenda. What is RiskMeter Online? How to Log In & Search Basics of Geocoding Choosing risk reports Live Demo Using Map Functions Understanding risk data. What is RiskMeter Online?. Online tool for insurance professionals

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  • What is RiskMeter Online?
  • How to Log In & Search
  • Basics of Geocoding
  • Choosing risk reports
  • Live Demo
    • Using Map Functions
    • Understanding risk data
what is riskmeter online
What is RiskMeter Online?
  • Online tool for insurance professionals
  • Property look-ups for risk & hazard info
    • Quick, accurate information based on location
    • Over 30 risk & hazard reports available
  • No digging for information!
    • Order multiple reports at once
why use riskmeter
Why use RiskMeter?
  • Quick results, easy to use
  • Eliminates possibility of human error
  • Specific values returned
  • Decreases turnaround time for quoting and pricing policies
starting out
Starting out…
  • Click the Log In button to begin
  • Type your Username and Password
    • Enter Member ID on the second screen if necessary
searching for a property address
Searching for a Property Address
  • Enter a complete, valid address
  • Street number is important!
  • Zip code is optional – if you don’t have one, leave it blank

Garbage In/Garbage Out!

address verification
Address Verification
  • The address you’ve entered is cleaned up and matched
    • CASS certification software
      • Standardizes the address
      • Fixes spelling errors
      • Finds zip code + 4
      • Corrects suffix
  • Always double-check that the address returned is the correct address to search!

Note: If you enter an address that does not exist in the town or zip provided, RiskMeter will find a name that is the closest match, or will give a list of alternative addresses.

report selection
Report Selection


Map Layer

Run Test

  • List of reports shows only those available for the address entered
  • Two columns:
    • Run Test vs. Show Map Layer
  • Your account is only charged for ordered reports
  • The Map Layer can be toggled on/off on the report page as well
available riskmeter reports 2010
Available RiskMeter Reports 2010

Distance to Shore

Distance to Intracoastal (FL)

Tier 1 Counties

Storm Surge Model

State Wind Pool Eligibility

(AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, NJ, SC & TX)

FL Wind Loss Mitigation

Sink Holes (FL & PA)

Flood Zone Determinations

Flood Elevation

City and County Lookups


Hail and Tornado Exposure

Responding Fire District

Distance to Fire Stations

Fire Perimeters

Brush Fire Zones

- CDS Wildfire

(AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA & WY)

- Renie Ad Maps (CA Only),

- Bates/SRA Zones (CA Only)

Crime Scores

Distance to Earthquake Faults

CA PML Quake Zones

EQECat Assess Test

- MMI, Soil Type, Magnitude, Distance to Faults

EQECat Advanced Score

AP Fault Zones (CA Only)

CA Liquefaction/Landslide

State Premium Tax Codes

(AL, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, NJ, NY, SC & TX)

Customer Defined Rating Territory

Policy Exposure Module

Protection Class (MS)

Year Built/Sq Footage

Building Characteristics

Tsunami (HI)

Lava Flow (HI)

Aerial Photos

Batch Processing

new reports
New Reports
  • Distance to Work
  • Distance to Closest Levee (CA, LA)
  • AALs & PMLs
    • Earthquake
    • Wind
    • Convective Storm
    • Winter Storm
mapping engine
Mapping Engine
  • Geocoding: the process of taking an address on paper and creating a point on a digital map representing that location.
  • Three Geocoders built into the software
    • Higher match rate
geocoding accuracy
Geocoding Accuracy
  • Different levels of confidence help you understand the accuracy of each match
  • S6 – Exact Match to Point Zip Code
  • S5 – Exact Point Match
  • S4 – Street Match
  • S3 – Zip+4 Match
  • S2 – Zip+2 Match
  • S1 – Zip Centroid Match
  • SX – Street Intersection Match

90% of lookups are S5 matches or better!

RiskMeter processes a few million addresses per month

understanding geocoding matches s5
Understanding Geocoding Matches – S5
  • This is the most common and accurate match
  • S5 means that the address was coded down to the street number
understanding geocoding matches s4
Understanding Geocoding Matches – S4
  • Another common match that is considered accurate
  • S4 means the property was mapped to the center of the street segment
understanding geocoding matches s3
Understanding Geocoding Matches – S3
  • The next type of match in order of accuracy
  • With an S3 match, the system maps the location to the center of the zip code + 4 defined area
unacceptable georesults
Unacceptable Georesults
  • The RiskMeter will not provide risk information for S1 & S2 Georesults
    • These are not considered accurate matches
  • No information is better than the wrong information!
  • More research may be necessary to yield accurate results
address matching
Address Matching
  • Computer-aided mapping uses address dictionaries, databases, and maps
    • Updates are not automatic
    • Zip codes change often
    • Many streets have more than one name
    • New developments and subdivisions may not be mapped out yet
alternate ways to search
Alternate Ways to Search
  • Other search options available
  • Intersection tab will locate subject to that corner
  • Lat/Long search will give an exact

match for those coordinates

map layers
Map Layers
  • Visual representation of data overlaid on street map
  • View different layers one at a time
  • Each layer has a corresponding color-coded legend

Crime Scores

Flood Zone

Wildfire Risk

using the map functions
Using the Map Functions
  • To use functions in the tool-bar…
    • Click the radio button to the left of the word
    • Click once on the map or photo
  • Tip: Use the “Enter” key on your keyboard
    • The map will re-center any time you click on it to keep the property in the center.
zooming the map in out
Zooming the Map In & Out

2 mi

  • Zoom Level represents the distance from East to West on the map.
    • To quickly zoom to your desired level, type in the Zoom Level box.
  • Use the Zoom In or Zoom Out buttons to zoom to ½ or 2x your current level.
  • Zoom your map to an appropriate level to get the clearest view of nearby risks!

0.25 mi

manually placing the subject marker
Manually Placing the Subject Marker
  • Use this option to physically locate the property by hand.
  • After checking the Manual Placement button, click ONCE on the map or aerial photo to relocate the subject marker.
        • Advance this slide in PPT for an animation
  • RiskMeter will automatically recalculate your results for the new location!

Technique: Zoom in and zoom out as necessary to find the location of the property.

Click Right on the Rooftop

Note: Only click once and allow the page to reload the test results and map.

measuring with the one click ruler
Measuring with the One-Click Ruler
  • Use the Distance button to find out how far away any point on the map is from the property.
    • E.g. Flood Zone, Shoreline, Brushfire Area, ETC.
  • One-Click: Locate the target and click ONCE
    • The measurement will BEGIN at your subject and END at your target


aerial photos w overlay
Aerial Photos w/ Overlay
  • We can now overlay hazard maps right on top of the aerial image.
  • This capability allows users to see how hazards correlate to physical buildings.
  • The More Info button will provide specifics about the downloaded photo.
aerial photos
Aerial Photos

Note: Not all aerial photos are equal! If you zoom in on a map, RiskMeter will search for the clearest photo available. This means that you might download a new image that was taken at a different height above the ground.

tips tricks
Tips & Tricks
  • Print or Save your report
  • Auto Log-In Tool
    • Stores your login info
  • Glossary/Resources Site & Other Links
account customization
Account Customization
  • The RiskMeter is highly customizable based on your company’s guidelines or standards
  • Parameters of reports can be set by you
  • Coastlines and data sets can also be customized
  • Call your Account Representative to make any changes to your account
checking your account
Checking your Account
  • Check Number of Credits Remaining
  • Change Address, Contact, E-Mail address or Phone Number
  • Change Password

Note: Changes to some accounts can only be made by calling or emailing us.

batch availability
Batch Availability
  • Any RiskMeter reports can be run in a batch
  • This means you can submit schedules of addresses for analysis and receive results in a spreadsheet format.
    • Grouped policies, book of business, etc.
  • Online service is available that requires no human intervention – results are returned in minutes!
  • Contact CDS Business Mapping for more Information.
  • Never use the back button!
    • RiskMeter uses live client server mapping,

meaning there are no static images.  Using

the back button can confuse the system.

  • Go to the RiskMeter homepage and Refresh the page.
  • Delete your temporary internet files (Tools Menu > Internet Options > General tab > Delete Files).
    • 99% of symptoms are relieved with these tricks.
    • If you are still experiencing problems, call CDS Business Mapping.
    • For Geocoding problems, check the resources section for the Geocoding Help Guide.
  • We send out a monthly newsletter describing what’s going on at Riskmeter:
    • New Reports
    • Report updates
    • Partnerships
    • Featured Webex
free trial
  • Try out any report yourself!
  • To request a free trial for any new report, please contact your account representative!
cds business mapping llc
CDS Business Mapping, LLC

If you have any questions, please call 1-800-746-7797


Dan Munson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing


Ryan Turgeon, Customer Service


Add reports to your account? Customize any reports?

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