A Tool for Comparative Disaster Risk Analysis and Evaluation in Urban Areas (Draes)

Engin Kepenek, Ziya Gençel
The issue of examining the earthquake safety for existing constructions, which form the basis of urban mitigation strategies, requires new methods and tools according to each city’s and society's specific conditions. The common goal in all methods is to yield correct results in a timely manner. However, due to the multiplicity and complexity of the parameters used in the examination, auxiliary tools are needed. This is not only because of difficulties in collecting data, but also in order to obtain reliable results. Thus, collected data must be analyzed in computerized environment.
In this study, an evaluation tool (software) called "Disaster Risk Analysis and Evaluation System (DRAES)" is developed. This software has been implemented and tested in Antalya; one of the metropolitan cities of Turkey within an area of 8800 hectares at 26610 buildings. The obtained results were evaluated comparatively which determined, consequently, the priority areas for planning as an important input for the city of Antalya. In this study, the general structure and working principle of the developed software are given. The source codes and data base of the program have been registered in accordance with the regulation on Registration of the Intellectual and Artistic Works of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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