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  • Dates: NOV 9 | NOV 23 | DEC 7 | DEC 21 |
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
  • Location: VIRTUAL (ZOOM WEBINAR)

Participants in all sessions will receive a certificate of attendance from CIFAL York

BACKGROUND

Rapid damage assessment is a critical component of post-disaster response, a crucial step in recovery, and very essential for timely and effective decisions by emergency managers following a medium to large-scale event. While new technologies such as satellite imagery, drones, crowdsourcing, and artificial intelligence have created opportunities for faster and more accurate damage assessment, conducting rapid damage assessment on the ground faces many challenges and issues. The main goal of this webinar series is to create a platform and forum for researchers and practitioners to share their knowledge and experiences on the current state of rapid damage assessment methods, tools, standards, procedures, best practices, etc. CIFAL York organizes a webinar series to provide a space for knowledge exchange and experience sharing between experts and policy makers to discuss the best practices and emerging technology being used to conduct Rapid Damage Assessments. (RDAs).

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The key goals and objectives of the speaker series are to:

  • Discuss and exchange knowledge about the current state of rapid damage assessment after disasters and emergencies.
  • Explore and understand how different jurisdictions plan for and conduct rapid damage assessment.
  • Explore different emerging technologies and tools for rapid damage assessment.
  • Identify the main challenges and issues faced by jurisdictions in rapid damage assessment.
  • Learn from jurisdictions that have recently conducted rapid damage assessment after disasters.
  • Learn about the types of standards, best practices, Standard Operating Procedures, and organizational structures that are available for rapid damage assessment.
  • Examine the roles that different stakeholders at national, provincial, and local levels can play in rapid damage assessment.
  • Explore how building partnerships can help enhance rapid damage assessment.

TARGET AUDIENCES

  • Emergency managers at local, provincial, and federal governmental agencies.
  • Rapid Damage Assessment Team Members
  • Disaster and emergency management, public health, and emergency response students or researchers.
  • First Responders.
  • Public sector leaders and executives with responsibilities in disaster and emergency management.
  • Practitioners.
  • Policy analysts.
  • Students.
  • Local and regional decision makers and emergency managers.
  • Representatives of intergovernmental organizations.

SESSION 4 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 21 12:00PM-1:00PM (EST)

Moderator: TBD

Speaker: Charles Huyck

Founding Partner and Executive Vice President, ImageCat Inc.

Topic

Rapid Damage Assessment: Damage Detection, Modeling, and Multi-Modal Reconnaissance

SESSION 3 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7 12:00PM-1:00PM (EST)

Moderator: Hedieh Hafezi

Business Continuity and Emergency Management Planner, Planning and Development, City of Calgary

Speaker: Aparna Tandon

Senior Programme Leader, First Aid and Resilience for Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis. Sustaining Digital Heritage, Co-Chair INSARAG Flexible Response Subgroup on Heritage Safeguard (Honorary), ICCROM, Rome, Italy.

Topic

Post-Event Damage and Risk Assessment for Cultural Heritage

Speaker: Jui Ambani

Conservation Architect, Consultant for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Action. Programme Assistant, First Aid and Resilience for Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis Programme, ICCROM, Rome, Italy


Topic

Post-Event Damage and Risk Assessment for Cultural Heritage

SESSION 2 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23 12:00PM-1:00PM (EST)

Moderator: Hedieh Hafezi

Business Continuity and Emergency Management Planner, Planning and Development, City of Calgary

Speaker: Dr. David Henderson

Director of the Cyclone Testing Station, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, James Cook University

Topic

Do You Know Why You Are Doing This Damage Investigation?

Speaker: Damon McGillivray

Coordinator, Building Inspections, Development Approvals and Building Safety, Planning and Development, City of Calgary

Topic

Performing Rapid Damage Assessments

SESSION 1 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9 12:00PM-1:00PM (EST)

Moderator: Dr. Ali Asgary

Professor, Disaster & Emergency Management & Director, CIFAL York, York University

Speaker: Dr. Muhammad Imran

Senior Scientist and Lead of the Crisis Computing team, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Topic

The Role of AI and Non-Traditional Data Sources for Rapid Damage Assessment

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CIFAL YORK

CIFAL York is part of UNITAR's global network of training centres for knowledge-sharing, training, and capacity-building for public and private leaders, local authorities, and civil society. CIFAL Centres are local and regional hubs for innovative, participatory and co-creative knowledge exchange opportunities to support decision-making processes, build capacity, and accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals. Established in 2020, CIFAL York started its operation in June 2021 as the first CIFAL Centre in Canada. Health and Development training and knowledge sharing is among the key focusing areas of CIFAL York.

For more information or questions please contact: cifaldirector@yorku.ca