Section 6: Industrial and societal impact of avalanche modeling and mechanical failure

Models and new techniques for hazard assessment have a straightforward societal impact in the territorial planning, the development of safety and emergency protocols, and early warning systems. This practical application of fundamental research calls for the establishment of natural partnerships between public and private agents dealing with risk management and purely academic research teams. However, fundamental research is often motivated by merely academic reasons, in the pursuit for knowledge itself.

We invite public and private agents dealing with extreme-event forecasting and hazard assessment of phenomena related to mechanical failure and other avalanche processes to participate in this section. We also invite participants from academia to share their experience in knowledge and technology transfer and intersectorial projects with industry partners, agencies, and other public or private enterprises dealing with seismic hazard, early warning systems, protocols applied to the topics of natural hazards, such as earthquakes, rock-falls, landslides, snow avalanches, volcanic activity, anthropogenic fluid-induced seismicity, non-intrusive structural health monitoring in industry, critical infrastructures and construction protocols, collapse prevention and monitoring of mine shafts, storage facilities, stockpiles and silos, urban resilience accounting for seismic microzonation, soil liquefaction, etc.. We also invite contributions regarding experiences in the use of third-party computational and big-data resources.