Implementing Agency: UWI Seismic Research Centre
Funding Agency: Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation, Pavia, Italy
Description: The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) was launched with assistance from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) at the beginning of 2009 and is a global collaborative effort that brings together state-of-the-art science, national, regional and international organisations and individuals aimed at the establishment of uniform and open standards for calculating and communicating earthquake risk worldwide. The development of Regional Programmes (RPs) is the main mechanism by which the GEM tools will be transferred with a view to creating a uniform globally used standard. The RPs will involve local experts using GEM software and tools, who generate local data and validate the data and standards that are being created on the global level. RPs have already been established in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.
The Institution of Structural Engineers (Caribbean Division) hosted a presentation of the GEM project at the Normandie Hotel in Trinidad on 15th October, 2010. Presenters included Anthony Farrell and Tony Gibbs of IStructE (Caribbean) and Dr. Richard Robertson, Director of the UWI Seismic Research Centre (SRC). The audience of about 60 persons included mainly engineers, architects and insurance personnel from Trinidad, Barbados and Guyana.
In January 2011, the GEM Foundation engaged the Seismic Research Centre to promote the GEM vision in the Caribbean. Funding became available in March 2011 at which time GEM Operational Manager, Dr. Myron Chin, was selected to spearhead the implementation of the GEM initiative in the Caribbean and the effective functioning of the GEM Regional Programme (RP) in collaboration with all players/stakeholders from the Caribbean community.
Project Status: In Progress