Sobis is wrapping up its Hazus IV&V support to the National Hazard Risk Assessment Program (NHRAP) at FEMA Headquarters this week. The intensive testing brings together Hazus experts across the country to determine if the most recent updates to the software have been successfully implemented and whether existing functionality continues to produce accurate results. This is the sixth year Sobis has supported testing the new software version and we are excited about the inclusion of additional functionality.

What’s New?

The new version of Hazus includes an upgrade to ArcGIS 10.8.1 along with additional functionality in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The hurricane model now supports both U.S. territories and the coastal flood model can now be used in Puerto Rico. Additional wind building characteristics and wind mapping schemes have been added to both territories to better model the impacts of wind forces on the local building stock. Additional changes include removing menu options which do not provide analysis options or results and some defect fixes. Additional information will be made available in the software release notes.

How can Sobis assist you?

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