Thursday, February 16, 2012


HAZUS-MH 2.1 is shipping !

It's official as of 2/21/2012 @ 07:39AM ... received the email from FEMA that the long awaited 32/64 bit HAZUS-MH 2.1 is now shipping! also confirmed that the FEMA on-line order system reflects the availability of HAZUS-MH 2.1 ...

Other parts of the FEMA HAZUS web pages are not reflecting the availability of HAZUS-MH 2.1 but they will no doubt soon catch up.

The 2.1 release includes improvements to the usability and functionality of the software, including:

> HAZUS-MH 2.1 is now compatible with Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) Service Pack 1, and Windows XP Service Pack 3.

> HAZUS-MH 2.1 is now compatible with ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 2. Hazus-MH 2.1 runs under Service Pack 3 but is not 100% certified.

> The underlying database engine has been upgraded to SQL Server Express 2008 R2.

> Menu options in the user interface of the three modules in HAZUS-MH (Earthquake,
Flood & Hurricane) have been adjusted to provide greater consistency.

> IMPLAN default data is no longer provided with HAZUS-MH. Users should supply their own data for Indirect Economic Analyses.

> New damage and loss of use functions have been developed for hospitals, schools, and fire stations in the Essential Facilities portion of the Hurricane Module.

> The windfields for several category 4 and 5 historical storms have been re-analyzed and updated in the Hurricane Module.

> In recognition of the uncertainties inherent in hurricane forecasts, the Coastal Surge analysis capability has been disabled for forecast/advisories issued more than 24 hours before the expected time of landfall.

> The Flood Module Average Annualized Loss (AAL) analysis has been reactivated with the following changes:

~The 2 and 5 year return period extrapolations have been removed from the methodology.

~ The 200 year return period has been replaced by a 25 year return period in the methodology.

~ Refer to the HAZUS –MH 2.1 Flood Technical Manual for complete details on the Flood AAL methodology.

> A riverine level 1 study region automation feature has been added to the Flood Module.

> The Flood Module is now processing Manning’s roughness coefficients dynamically based on a LULC grid as part of the Develop Stream Network process.

> The Flood Module Hydraulics process has been optimized for scenarios where a suite of return periods is being analyzed.

> Occupancy Mapping Schemes have been updated for the Earthquake Module.

> The Earthquake Ground Motion Module has been updated to use the latest USGS Next Generation Attenuation (NGA) functions.

> The Earthquake Module now includes a feature to analyze study regions greater than the 8 GB limit of SQL Server Express. Link