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Natural Hazards: Understanding Exposure and Vulnerabilities

August 26, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 am CDT

Natural Hazards: Understanding Exposure and Vulnerabilities

In the past ten years, the financial impact of natural hazard events globally has been almost three trillion dollars! With the greater globalization of businesses, the potential to be part of this exposure will only increase. Corporate risk managers, investors and property owners are all being impacted by natural hazard events and market changes and are increasingly faced with the need to better quantify the risk posed to their assets and revenues.

In this webinar, the first of our Natural Hazards webinar series, we will begin by explaining how the support of risk and safety solutions can help your organization understand exposures and vulnerabilities to natural hazards. ABS Group has more than 45 years of experience in the identification, quantification and management of natural hazard risks that have the potential to significantly impact global operations. 

What We Cover

  • Key questions your organization should consider regarding natural hazard events
    • Is your business exposed?
    • What does that exposure look like?
  • Available support and safety solutions to mitigate the risks of natural hazard events

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Dr. Nathan Gould, Chief of Technology, ELSR, ABS Group

Dr. Nathan Gould serves as Chief of Technology for the ABS Group Extreme Loads and Structural Risk (ELSR) division. He also serves as the General Manager of ABS Group's St. Louis office. He is a practicing structural engineer with over 25 years of experience in the analysis, design, construction and rehabilitation of major structures in all regions of the United States. Dr. Gould is active in the utilization of performance-based seismic and extreme wind design methodologies for the design of new buildings, and the retrofit of existing structures and nonstructural elements. He has performed Natural Hazard risk assessments for numerous industrial and commercial facilities throughout the world.

Dr. Gould is the author of numerous technical papers, including articles on Performance Based Design, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Non-Structural Elements, Multi-Hazard Design to Improve Facility Resilience, Probable Maximum Loss Assessments, Managing Extreme Wind Losses and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection design. He has been a member of several post-earthquake reconnaissance groups, including teams that investigated damage following the 2010 Haitian and 2011 Christchurch events. Dr. Gould is a licensed Professional and Structural Engineer in several states and recently served on the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR).

Mike Nield, Senior NatCat Consultant, ABS Group

Mike Nield is a Senior NatCat Risk Consultant with over 10 years of professional experience. He works within the Extreme Loads and Structural Risk division of ABS Group, based in the Warrington, UK Office. During his time with ABS Group, he has gained extensive experience in Natural Hazard Risk and PML Evaluations, Crisis Management and Recovery Strategy Evaluations, Business Continuity Management Evaluations and Policy Development against a multitude of perils/scenarios around the world. Mr. Nield has experience in working on projects globally, including in Italy, Saudi Arabia, USA, Egypt, UAE, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, China, Spain, Germany, Algeria and Romania. He has worked across a range of industries including industrial manufacturing, hi-tech electronics, beverage, utilities, petrochemical and pharmaceutical.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions and technical services that help clients confirm the safety, integrity, quality and efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals in over 20 countries serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government and industrial sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, one of the world's leading marine and offshore classification societies.

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