TUT scientists created a successful crisis management simulation system
How to prepare for crisis, for example snowstorms, forest fires, industrial and traffic accidents?
The scientists of Tallinn University of Technology have created a simulation system for professionals. The system intended for carrying out computer-based trainings and simulations was created in cooperation with the scientists of 15 Member States of the European Union and Israel and with private and public sector organisations. In addition to snowstorms, it also allows to prepare for floods and earthquakes, which are rare in Estonia.
In Estonia the system created in the framework of the CRISMA project allows for example to prepare for the events that occur almost every winter – multiple vehicle collisions taking place in case of an icy road surface like the collision of 13 cars on the Tallinn-Narva highway in January this year.
The quick, reasonable, and coordinated activity of ambulance and rescue service can be trained with the so-called serious computer gaming. A great advantage of the new simulation system is the ability to use and integrate other existing simulation systems. For example systems that model the cooling of houses caused by absence of heating in case of an accident, the spreading of cyclones, the evacuation of residents and damage to buildings caused by an earthquake or landslide.
Professor of TUT’s Department of Informatics and Head of the Laboratory of Socio-Technical Systems, Kuldar Taveter, describes the system as follows: “The main results of the CRISMA project are the framework and methodology, which enable to put together a simulation system to prepare for any type of crisis. In addition to crises caused by forces of nature, the training systems created by means of the framework and methodology resulting from CRISMA can also be used for preparing the decision-makers for managing crises caused by people. To adjust the system to different types of crises, however, additional software development work must still be done in each case.”
The simulation system was created with the support of the European Union’s 7th framework programme in the project “Modelling crisis management for improved action and preparedness” (CRISMA). The CRISMA project was given a very good assessment in the recent final evaluation of the European Commission.
Professor of TUT’s Department of Informatics and Head of the Laboratory of Socio-Technical Systems
kuldar dot taveter at ttu dot ee, Phone +372 620 2313
Krõõt Nõges, TUT’s press officer, Phone +372 620 3594 and +372 5303 6163, kroot dot noges at ttu dot ee