In November, the chapter organized a workshop titled “Prevention or Emergency: Prevention for Territory Protection and Emergency Support,” hosted by Confindustria L'Aquila. The event focused on the management of seismic risks. Professor Dante Galeota, director of the Environment, Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering Department (DICEAA), opened the workshop by reporting that the city of L'Aquila is still suffering for the catastrophic earthquake in April 2009. This tragedy highlighted how prevention can avoid or reduce tolls. Gen. Pietro Finocchio, ITAF (Ret.), chapter president, introduced the workshop objectives, underlining their continuity with AFCEA's mission on security, considering that the Armed Forces are frequently involved in disaster management.
Alessandro Martelli, ENEA, introduced the first session of the workshop with his presentation “Observations About the Seismic Risk in Italy,” regarding the assessment of seismic risks from comparisons between statistical and deterministic methodology. Professor David Alexander, University College of London, presented “A Comparison Among Earthquakes: L'Aquila, Padang, Christ Church and the Emilia Romagna Region,” which introduced the concept of resilience as an interdisciplinary holistic approach. Professor Alberto Bernabeo, Bologna University, illustrated the proximity sensing as a service tool for citizens with his presentation: “A Shared Vision for Estimating, Planning and Preventing Seismic Risks: Increasing Knowledge for Better Protection.” Professor Vincenzo Gattulli, University of L'Aquila, DICEEA, presented the results of advanced developments of vibrations monitoring and control systems in seismic engineers. Professor Angela Marino, University of L'Aquila, DICEEA, gave a speech titled “The Culture of Well Building: The Anti-Seismic Components,” which illustrated criteria to protect historical buildings located in seismic areas. Professor Massimo Guarascio, Rome University La Sapienza, presented “The Role of Vulnerability Maps and Seismic Risks in Urban Areas,” which was a fusion of prevention and emergency data, for both strategic prevention and emergency planning.
Professor Marina Ruggieri, University of Rome Tor Vergata, opened the second session focused on the role of ICT in emergency management. She provided a view of ICT as a multilayer integrated system, along with a vision of advanced collaborative networks for earthquake prediction. Sabino Cacucci, Sistemi Software Integrati, illustrated the Swarm Intelligence—advanced support for emergency management and smart cities. Filippo Gemma, GM Spazio, gave a presentation titled “Simulation Systems For Planning UAV Flights in Support of Monitoring and Prevention.” Guido Arista, ELITAL, described the Emergency Communications Management Systems for territory surveillance and control. The system was also showcased in a static area outside the conference room. Professor Donatella Dominici, AFCEA-DICEEA Geomatics Lab, University of L'Aquila, illustrated GNSS and remote sensing for territorial monitoring and prevention. Professor Roberto Benzi, University of Rome Tor Vergata, gave a speech on previsional models and seismology with examples about their applicability to seismic risks. Professor Massimo Buscema, Semeion Research Centre, University of Colorado, Denver, presented results from application of adaptive artificial systems to critical natural events. Gen. Finocchio closed the event with special thanks to the attendees and speakers.