Earthquakes are a reality of life in some places and their impact can be devastating. That’s why we designed the award-winning Beacon System – a real-time notification and response service to assess and manage their impact.
Born out of the lessons learnt following the 2013 Seddon and Cook Straight earthquakes and the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand, our Beacon System uses big data to help our clients (and New Zealanders) in the wake of an earthquake.
The unique system incorporates two components. One is an innovative software application that assesses an earthquake’s impact. The other is a prioritised inspection and response service following an earthquake.
Following an earthquake, quick access to information is critical – which is what the Beacon System delivers. It provides clients with immediate information to help them understand the impacts, make informed decisions, communicate with stakeholders and ultimately get back to business, quickly.
The first component assesses the earthquake’s potential impact. By combining real-time earthquake information with knowledge of our clients’ assets, it calculates the likelihood of damage. Within seconds, it sends out automated alerts (via text and email) to warn clients and Beca staff about buildings in the earthquake’s vicinity that may be affected.
The second component gets engineers on the ground as quickly as possible through a prioritised, coordinated and efficient response. Working with our clients in advance, we develop detailed mobilisation and inspections plans so that critical information can be fed back to the client for crisis management.
The Beacon System has received high accolades, winning the 2018 Most Innovative Hi-Tech Service award at the NZ High-Tech Awards.