Insurers turning to mapping data in rail, flood disasters

Insurers turning to mapping data in rail, flood disasters

Insurers turning to mapping data in rail, flood disasters

In the case of Lac-Megantic, DMTI Spatial had a geographical layout of the impact zone, and through its partnership with ERIS (Environmental Risk Information Services) could provide a comprehensive model of what had happened.

“We have a data base of all the train lines, the power lines and cell towers in Canada – and throughout partnership with ERIS, a model of the environmental situation,” said Kaszuba. “We can provide a model of potential risk using this data anywhere in Canada – and have it available in literally milliseconds.”

Just recently a Quebec judge unlocked $250,000 so that Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway can buy insurance required to obtain an operating licence. MM&A had been operating under court supervision while the short-haul railway sorts out massive claims arising from the deadly derailment.

The licence had been temporarily removed August 13.

The Canadian Transportation Agency had earlier announced it was reversing a suspension of the MM&A’s certificate of fitness after ruling it didn’t have sufficient third-party liability insurance. That decision was overturned after the agency determined that the railway had sufficient coverage to operate in the short-term.

The railway’s licence is now valid until October 1. (continued.)


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