Post-earthquake assessment of buildings using the SAFER Rapid Visual Inspection tool
Rapid Visual Survey (RVS) is the procedure that aims to identify, classify, archive and rank buildings that are potentially unsafe during an earthquake. It is used worldwide in several forms depending on the legislative framework and the context, with the most widely used being the one developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the US (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 2002).
Steps to contibute to the international database
Step 1: Download the SAFER RVI app from Google Play
Step 2: Collect inspection data using your Android phone
Step 3: Register your name in the SAFER RVI Database to be granted access to the WebApp
Step 4: Connect to the SAFER RVI WebApp. At first, you will be able to visualize and process your own data on GIS. The app supports overlaying a Shake Map to correlate IM with Damage Index in space.
Step 5: The database is a crowdsourcing, open repository of informal inspections conducted for research only purposes. After contributing 5 building inspections you will be upgraded to an "observer" gaining access to the entire set of data collected in the database. Photos and data are subjected to moderation.