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Software Assesses Risks of Terrorism and Natural Disasters

After the Oklahoma City bombing and several natural disasters in 1998, the General Services Administration (GSA) decided it needed a better tool to assess the risks that face government buildings. Now, after working with Regina Hunter and colleagues at Sandia National Laboratory for several years, the GSA has got its wish: a Risk Assessment Method—Property Analysis and Ranking Tool (RAMPART). “Traditionally buildings have been constructed to code, which pays attention to disasters that have already happened,” Hunter explains. “RAMPART looks to the future probability of events occurring and what there is to lose if those events take place.” Full Story

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