THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES

ST. AUGUSTINE, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, WEST INDIES

THE SEISMIC RESEARCH CENTRE
Telephone: (868) 662-4659 Fax: (868) 663-9293 E-mail: uwiseismic@uwiseismic.com

2011-11-10

INVITATION LETTER Dear Sir/Madam Re: GLOBAL EARTHQUAKE MODEL (GEM) Session on Monday 5th December 2011 at 6th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management, Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad As an expert in your field, we are pleased to invite you to participate in a Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Session on Monday 5th December 2011 as part of the 6th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management being held at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad from 5th to 9th December 2011. 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. Further details can be found at their website :- globalquakemodel.org The Institution of Structural Engineers (Caribbean Division) hosted a presentation of the GEM project at the Normandie Hotel in Trinidad on 15 October 2010. Presenters included Anthony Farrell and Tony Gibbs of IStructE (Caribbean) and Dr. Richard Robertson, then Director of the of Seismic Research Centre,UWI. The wide-ranging audience of about 60 persons included mainly engineers, architects and insurance personnel from Trinidad, Barbados and Guyana. In January 2011,the GEM Foundation (hereinafter referred to as GEM) engaged The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO to promote the GEM vision in the Caribbean. Funding became available in March 2011 at which time the GEM Operational Manager, Dr. Myron Chin, was appointed. He will, in

Augustine. TRINIDAD . CEng.cdema. Chin. therefore. PhD. FICE. Sincerely Myron W. We would. See proposed preliminary programme below. on behalf of the Seismic Research Centre. spearhead the implementation of the GEM initiative in the Insular Caribbean and the effective functioning of the GEM Regional Programme (RP) for the Caribbean. I would like. Should you be able to accept our invitation to participate in this important Session. Trinidad.We look forward to your favourable consideration of our invitation so that this very important initiative would prove to be a resounding success. you are asked to complete and submit to me the information form given as Attachment I below and to register by going to their online portal:http://www. In closing.aspx?id=91 The main goal of this GEM Session is to make the key practitioners/stakeholders in the Caribbean more aware of GEM’s mission. FIStructE. St.html The registration fee will be met by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM). FAPETT GEM Operational Manager for the Caribbean Seismic Research Centre. appreciate it if you could kindly advise us of your participation in this GEM Session no later than 21st November 2011 so that seating and catering arrangements can be made. 2010 and Japan on 11th March. Details of this workshop can be found at:. vision and objectives within the Caribbean region and the prevailing earthquake risk in their respective territories and to highlight the need for a more organized multi-disciplinary approach in promoting cost-effective earthquake mitigation measures.collaboration with all players/stakeholders from the Caribbean community. GEM and CDEMA to thank you most kindly in anticipation of your meaningful contribution to this important endeavour. UWI.The GEM Regional Programme for the Caribbean was launched at a three-day workshop held from 2-4 May 2011 in Port of Spain.org/cdmconference/what-is-cdm/about-the-conference/registration.com/General. 2011 throughout the Caribbean.http://uwiseismic. which will undoubtedly help in reducing the human and economic losses from severe earthquakes such as the one that struck Haiti on 12th January.

What to expect from GFDRR and GEM’s Hazard Components Worldwide and Caribbean Working Groups on Seismic Hazard . SRC . Puerto Rico.00 – 13. UWI and Dr.15.45-16.45 – 15.00. PROPOSED PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME (Rev’d-02/11/11) PDS : GLOBAL EARTHQUAKE MODEL (GEM) –TRAINING SESSION DAY 1 -Monday 5th December 2011.14. former Director of Seismic Research Centre (SRC). Myron Chin.45-14. (TBC) 16.00 .Dr. Martinique and Guadeloupe.45.00 – Presentation on Potential Synergies between GEM and CCRIF on Seismic Risk modeling and the Accelerometer project.00 Technical Session 1 – GFDRR and GEM’s Hazard Module (Chair. Simon Young. Cuba.30.15-14.Professional Development Sessions & Workshops(Concurrent) 0730 – 1200 hrs Registration at Conference Centre.Dr.Presentation on Review of Earthquakes in the Caribbean and the Role of SRC in Hazard Mitigation – Mr.I.15– 16.00 Technical Session 2 – GFDRR and GEM’s Risk Module (Chair – Dr.Dr.Dr.Closing Remarks –. Barbara Carby)(TBC) 15.THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES Seismic Research Centre St. Jamaica and Eastern Caribbean (7x 5Mins each) 15.00 LUNCH 13.What to expect from GFDRR and GEM’s Risk Components Worldwide and GEM Caribbean Working Groups on Seismic Risk . Richard Robertson – former Director. Augustine.15-15. Richard Robertson) 13. Walter Salazar 14. Myron Chin 15.Presentations on GEM-Nexus and GEM OpenQuake – Ms.Brief Presentations by Invited Participants on Status of Earthquake Hazard/Risk in Haiti. Hyatt Hotel 12. 2011 IN T&T. PROPOSED GEM SESSION ON MONDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2011 AT 6TH CARIBBEAN CONFERENCE ON CDM FROM 5-9TH DEC. GEM Operational Manager for the Caribbean 13.15 . Bernard 15.00 .05 .45 Opening Remarks by Dr.30 – The application of hazard/risk modeling in disaster risk managementWorld Bank speaker (TBC) 14.30. Richard Robertson. Trinidad & Tobago.Jillian St. W.Dr. Lloyd Lynch 14.05-15.15 – COFFEE BREAK 15. Santo Domingo.30-15. Alia Juman and Ms.30 – 13.

INFORMATION FORM FULL NAME ORGANIZATION ADDRESS POSITION E-MAIL ADDRESS PHONE CONTACTS TELEPHONE (OFFICE) FAX WEBSITE (IF ANY) AREAS OF INTEREST . Trinidad -5th to 9th December 2011. Hyatt Regency. Port of Spain.ATTACHMENT I GLOBAL EARTHQUAKE MODEL (GEM) Session On Monday 5th December 2011 at CDEMA 6th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Management .

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