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MASA SWORD Provides 3D Overview for Simulated Crisis Training in Paris

Posted on Tuesday 20th October 2015 | First Responder & Security

The principal French authority responsible for civil defense used MASA's crisis management simulation software, SWORD, to conduct a critical training exercise in Paris to enhance the city's response capability to persistent and violent flooding.

About 500 representatives from 15 French companies took part in a two-day training exercise organized by the French High Committee for Civil Defense (HCFDC) that simulated two weeks of major flooding.  

The exercise was based on the catastrophic 1910 Great Flood of Paris, during which the Seine rose eight 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 – as well as Paris City Hall and the "Secrétariat Général de la Zone de Défense et de Sécurité de Paris" (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.

Authored by Ms. Lori Ponoroff
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