The Earthquake Commission is undergoing a systems revamp to speed claims processing in the event of a major disaster.
The project involves mapping every house in the country, says the commission’s insurance manager, Lance Dixon.
Computer Systems Implementation is the prime contractor, with Eagle Technology providing the geographic information system (GIS) part of the contract.
“CSI’s writing the system; there’s no off-the-shelf package that would work for us. Unlike a normal insurance company, we don’t have a database of clients to develop a system from.” The project is due for completion by February next year, and the systems main task will be to allocate resources after a disaster.
“For example, if the 1931 Hawkes Bay earthquake happened today, we’d have about 80,000 claims. With this system we’ll be able to work out just where they would be likely to be from and how many are likely to be major or minor. From that, we’ll be able to estimate costs, allocate teams and decide the make-up of those teams; for example, whether we need to include engineers in those teams.”