Wednesday, November 23, 2011

USGS Software: Land Use Portfolio Model and HAZUS-MH Data Extractor

The November 15, 2011, HAZUS User Group (HUG) conference call highlighted two pieces of free software developed by the U.S. Geologic Survey's (USGS) Western Geographic Science Center.  Each product interlocks with FEMA's HAZUS-MH (Hazard U.S.- Multi Hazard) software. 

As described in the teleconference notice, the two pieces of software are:

  • "The Land Use Portfolio Model (LUPM), a scenario-based risk-analysis tool developed to provide information to support decisions on investing in natural-hazard mitigation measures. HAZUS damage probabilities and loss estimates are key sources of data for the LUPM calculations and critical to assessing the utility of mitigation investments.
  • The HAZUS-MH Data Extractor (Beta v1.0), which lets users extract HAZUS damage and loss-estimate data from an earthquake or flood analysis to a geodatabase for future use. The data extractor was originally developed to prepare HAZUS output data for input to the LUPM, but it can be useful for a variety of purposes."

To learn more about these products and download the free software, use the hyperlinks above.

Comment: HAZUS User Group calls are conducted on a regular basis and are recorded. A link to access information related to these calls and other HUG efforts has been added to the right side bar. 

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