Was there an emergency response simulation before Buncefield?

Having raised this question earlier, I found a short piece on the web by Disaster Advice Limited. This makes two statements about the degree of exercising before Buncefield oil terminal fire. Firstly, the site alleges that:”The Police were seen to be poorly equipped and prepared to attend a COMAH site emergency event. They wore paper…

Doing something else

I could not resist a paper with a title like Heuristics in dynamic decision making: Coping with the time constants of a dynamic task by doing something else, from the 23rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society held July 17-21, 2005 in Boston. The paper, by Berndt Brehmer and Frederick Elg, argues that “System…

Bird Flu Drills – how not to do them.

According to ABC news, the French authorities held a bird flu exercise in Lyons yesterday. An interesting example of a political simulation, proving nothing except that politicans think people are more gullible than we actually are. For instance: – the whole thing was watched on closed-circuit TV by the French Prime Minister and a large…

Does modelling fail fund managers (and others)?

Just seen an article on the Ludwig van Mises website, about Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb. This is the classic contrarian anti-statistics argument, this time made by a financial trader. Quote from Taleb: “What has gone wrong with the development of economics as a science? Answer: There was a bunch of intelligent people who…

Sound maps

Classiloghas a posting about disappearing sounds, and the idea of a sound map Here is a perfect project for internet mashups – Google maps linked to sound maps, etc. To judge from Marks hyperlinks, this is largely unexplored territory. Its also a comment on simulation techniques: to what extent do we gloss over sound clues?…

3D tools

CSVen has a blog entry about a Second Life conference on 3D extraction. This refers to technology for capturing 3D images and creating artefacts. The OGLE project allows you to capture 3D images from your screen in the same way as you now capture 2D images. I think the software is free, and it works…

How to deal with bloggers

According to the Christian Science Monitor, the US and its allies held “Exercise Cyberstorm” in early February to test the response to a cyber-attack on the US. Parts of it “challenged government officials and industry executives to respond to deliberate misinformation campaigns and activist calls by Internet bloggers, online diarists whose “Web logs” include political…