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DESTRIERO and S-HELP Dissemination Day

DESTRIERO and S-HELP Dissemination Day

The EU-funded DESTRIERO project held its showcase final event in association with the S-HELP project last Friday (19th August 2016) in the offices of Future Analytics Consulting.

The event was attended by several influential members of the emergency services, local government and preparedness groups.

 

The day opened with a welcome from DESTRIERO consortium member and chairperson of the event, Tom Flynn (Saadian Technologies and Tom Flynn Consultants), who gave an introduction to the background and objectives of both projects.

 

Project coordinator Elena Francioni followed up with a look at what the DESTRIERO project has achieved in the past three years.

 

DESTRIERO has developed a post-crisis needs assessment tool, including structural damage assessment, in combination with a decision analysis tool to enhance critical infrastructure reconstruction and recovery planning, after a major incident.

 

Allan Coyle (Saadian Technologies) gave a detailed demonstration of the inherent capabilities of the multi-layered decision support platform that the project has built.

 

The S-HELP project is developing a suite of tools which will comprise an integrated decision support system to be used by healthcare emergency managers in the event of a large-scale disaster. The system will reduce the impact of these events on public health by reducing response time and increasing the accuracy of decision-making.

 

S-HELP led with a presentation by PhD researcher Silvia Planella (UCC Business Information Systems) of the background and development of the project, as well as its outputs to date and objectives for the next six months.

 

Dissemination leader Martina Madden explained the development of the Crisis Communication Tool which FAC has built to be integrated into the overall decision support system. The tool will create messaging to be delivered to the public in the event of a disaster, preventing conflicting and confusing communication from endangering public health.

 

The commonalities between the projects and their complementary focus on reducing the impact of disasters on urban resilience and public health ensured that attendees at the event got an overview of different facets of post-crisis response and recovery.

 

The audience at the event included representatives from the PSNI, Irish Defence Forces, Dublin Fire Brigade, National Ambulance Service, Mater Hospital, HSE, and Enterprise Ireland. Feedback from the event was positive with attendees expressing interest in hearing about similar events in future.

 

Future Analytics Consulting coordinates and participates in several EU research and development projects, including INTACT, INDICATE and RESILENS as well as the recently finished HARMONISE and COBACORE.