French Training Exercise Simulates Paris Flooding
Monday, October 19, 2015 | Comments

An estimated 500 representatives from 15 French companies took part in a two-day training exercise based on the occurrence of two weeks of major flooding in the streets of Paris. Organized by the French High Committee for Civil Defense (HCFDC), the hypothetical event was re-created using SWORD, MASA Group's automated simulation solution for emergency preparedness and planning.

Staged 29 – 30 September, the exercise was based on the catastrophic 1910 Great Flood of Paris, during which the Seine rose 8 meters above its usual seasonal level. It precisely simulated the flow of water and the impact of rising flood levels on the city's infrastructure, while testing the participants' reactions and response. The group included representatives from leading energy and water providers, television networks, telecommunication companies and public transport operatives. They were joined by envoys of Paris City Hall and the General Secretariat for the Defense and Security of Paris, which is responsible for the city's crisis management.

Simultaneously connected to SWORD from separate crisis response units, each organization was able to see the immediate results of their actions, as well as those of the others. They were also provided with a three-dimensional crisis overview of Paris on Google Earth, powered by SWORD.

The significance of the exercise was emphasized by the widespread flash flooding that devastated the French Riviera a few days later. Indeed, the unprecedented rainfall and violent storms in the region will likely lead the country's authorities to examine how best to maintain coordinated emergency preparedness and robust civil defenses, even in milder climates.

MASA Group is a global company focused on the development of artificial intelligence-based modeling and simulation (M&S) software.

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