The Beacon System

Helping New Zealand better cope with earthquakes’ impact

Earthquakes are a reality of life in some places and their impact can be devastating. That’s why we designed the Beacon System – a real-time notification and response service to assess and manage their impact.

Born out of the lessons learnt following the 2013 Seddon and Cook Straight earthquakes and the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand, our Beacon System uses big data to help our clients (and New Zealanders) in the wake of an earthquake.

The unique system incorporates two components. One is an innovative software application that assesses an earthquake’s impact. The other is a prioritised inspection and response service following an earthquake.

Following an earthquake, quick access to information is critical – which is what the Beacon System delivers. It provides clients with immediate information to help them understand the impacts, make informed decisions, communicate with stakeholders and ultimately get back to business, quickly.

The first component assesses the earthquake’s potential impact. By combining real-time earthquake information with knowledge of our clients’ assets, it calculates the likelihood of damage. Within seconds, it sends out automated alerts (via text and email) to warn clients and Beca staff about buildings in the earthquake’s vicinity that may be affected.

The second component gets engineers on the ground as quickly as possible through a prioritised, coordinated and efficient response. Working with our clients in advance, we develop detailed mobilisation and inspections plans so that critical information can be fed back to the client for crisis management.

From the blog

Performance-based earthquake engineering

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Unique components

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Time taken to inspect assets


Size of Kaikoura earthquake

Our Team Says

We thought, there must be something of value we can do with all the data we’d gathered conducting structural assessments for our clients’ buildings. The Beacon System is the result and another incredible example of how we make things happen for our clients and the communities in which we work.

Neil Horsfield,

General Manager, Structures

Our Client Says

The Beacon System has enabled us to significantly increase the efficiency of post-earthquake inspections and improve communication. The rapid impact assessment reports and maps have allowed us to make informed business decisions within a short time.

Rachel Blair,

Head of Retail Property, ANZ

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