The GDi team was recently pleased to assist in providing valuable expertise and digital tools immediately following the magnitude 5.5 earthquake that occurred at 06:24 am CET on the morning of 22nd March 2020 in Zagreb.
The earthquake was followed by numerous aftershocks and was assessed to be the strongest felt in Zagreb since 1880. Numerous buildings were damaged, most notably in the historical centre.
During the time following earthquake, It was therefore essential that the Croatian authorities, agencies and others were able to respond quickly and effectively in all matters related to an emergency situation that was compounded in difficulty by social distancing measures enforced due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Prof. dr.sc. Josip Atalić from the Dept. of Civil Engineering commented “The same day we decided to call GDi for help because we realized that without digital support and some extensive preparation we would not be able to do the huge work that was waiting for us. That same night, with the help of my colleague Ivica Skender, we configured the ArcGIS Collector app, which allowed field engineers to enter the data into the database using their mobile devices. In fact, we have already completely upgraded the system for the first week and reduced the possibility of Coronavirus infections. Thanks again to the GDi team!”
GDi’s solution for digitizing earthquake damage assessment
Immediately following the earthquake, Expert Core Staff (engineers and volunteers) were organised by prof. dr.sc. Josip Atalić from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Zagreb in order to collect and assess the damage to buildings and other property. The main priority was to assess whether buildings were safe to remain occupied or needed occupants to be evacuated.
GDi was subsequently asked to provide assistance in the rapid development and deployment of a suitable mobile digital solution for the collection of all relevant information in order to provide an accurate and reliable damage assessment.