NEWARK, Cali - July 16, 2018 RMS, the leading global risk modeling and analytics firm, announced today the release of Version 18 (V18) the latest version of its leading catastrophe risk management software.
Version 18 expands RMS clients’ global capabilities and brings to light new opportunities using the latest science, innovative methodologies and analytics to support profitable portfolio growth. Specifically, V18 provides the latest modeling insights to drive growth across the varied markets of the Asia Pacific region, including flood, which is a leading cause of insured loss in countries such as India.
The Asia Pacific model suite is being expanded to include new peril models for India Flood, Philippines Typhoon and Flood, and South Korea Earthquake. These newly launched peril models complement existing earthquake and typhoon models in these markets, providing a more holistic, market-focused solution. Expanding this regional focus, V18 also includes important updates to the Australia Earthquake and Australia Cyclone models, as well as to the India Earthquake model. India Flood covers the whole of India and includes tropical cyclone, and pluvial and fluvial flooding, and is the first fully probabilistic flood model for the Indian insurance market. The Philippines model provides wind, storm surge and inland flood model considering tropical cyclone and non-cyclonic rain, which provides a comprehensive solution to model climate hazard. In addition, Post Event Loss Amplification (PLA), which captures the potential for losses after severe events to be higher due to the impact of claims inflation, economic demand surge as well as super catastrophes, has been added to all new and updated models.
Looking beyond the Asia Pacific region, V18 expands the North Atlantic Hurricane model to cover the risk from hurricanes in the East Pacific basin. It also features storm surge updates in the U.S., as well as vulnerability updates across the U.S. and the Caribbean. The high-fidelity modeling tool, RiskAssessor, is being expanded to provide more accurate hurricane wind risk assessments in all regions of the North Atlantic Hurricane models.
Version 18 also underlines RMS’ commitment to global solutions with important expansions of the Marine Cargo and Specie, Builders Risk, Industrial Facilities and Terrorism capabilities; as well as the release of Industry Exposure Databases and Industry Loss Curves in peril regions impacted by the release.
Mohsen Rahnama, Chief Risk Modeling Officer, RMS said: “Asia Pacific has always been important to us. The inclusion of new models for the region, including Philippines Typhoon, India Flood and South Korea Earthquake should help enhance the opportunities for established operators and new entrants to better understand the potential for risk, and for growth, in these important markets. Flooding is an international phenomenon and V18 offers customers a more granular view of this on a more global scale. Updates can take many years in development, however, it is timely that the Australia Earthquake and Cyclone updates come just after we opened our Australia office last year. With the release of Version 18 we are confident that we are continuing to deliver the high standard of accurate information and analysis that our clients know and expect from RMS.”
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What is new in Version 18?
Philippines Typhoon:The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, with around 20 cyclones per year, and eight of these making landfall. New model capturing risk from wind and flooding, coastal storm surge and season precipitation-driven flooding. The model expands the RMS suite of climate modeling solutions to the Philippines.
Australia Cyclone: Model update includes the most recent market and meteorological data and lessons learned from recent events, such as Cyclone Yasi in 2011, Cyclone Marcia in 2015 and Cyclone Debbie in 2017. The update also accounts for the rise in properties at risk, with the number of dwellings within 200km of the coast increasing by 15% between 2006 and 2016.
Australia Earthquake:Model update reflecting the latest scientific view of seismic hazard by incorporating data from the 2018 national seismic hazard map from Geoscience Australia. Updated event rates and ground motion models, combined with insight from local experts, provide the most up-to-date view of seismic risk in the country.
India Flood:New fully probabilistic Flood model. Flooding is the most significant natural hazard affecting India, comprising of about three-quarters of natural catastrophe losses. The new model combines the latest science with local engineering expertise, with an event set based on 125,000 events across 9,033 catchments throughout India; accounting for monsoon rainfall and expanding areas of impermeable ground in major cities such as Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi.
India Earthquake:India earthquake model is updated using the latest sources and vulnerability models with the signification validation of model using the systematic approach working with clients and academia. Update with high resolution geotechnical information for hazard amplification to differentiate risk. Over a thousand vulnerability functions are included with additional solutions for underwriting key exposures such as industrial facilities, buildings under construction, and marine cargo and specie risks. The financial model includes additional losses from landslide and liquefaction hazards.
South Korea Earthquake:New model model covers ground shaking, liquefaction, and landslide risk, enabling users to comprehensively assess earthquake risk in South Korea. While events in this region are relatively rare, they have the potential to be damaging. In 2016 the Mw 5.4 Gyeongju Earthquake hit and in 2017 the Mw 5.4 Pohang Earthquake occurred close to the city of Pohang, damaging more than 23,000 buildings.
Marine Cargo:Update allowing detailed insight into cargo fragility and exposure accumulation, enabling the identification of vulnerable concentrations of static cargo, the measurement of port accumulations, and the analysis of loss severity for key events.
Terrorism:Updated scenario model including updates to targets database for US, UK and Belgium; updates to hazard footprints and changes to the default time of day, to react to changes in peak times across different occupations.
North America Hurricane:Storm surge update incorporating new methods and data made available since the last U.S. storm surge model update. This enhances risk differentiation between defended and undefended areas prone to storm-surge. Also included are defense assumptions and wave treatment within the storm surge hazard module, as well as basement functionality and first floor height assumptions within the vulnerability module.
Post Loss Amplification:Post Loss Amplification (PLA) has been added for all the updated and new models. PLA captures the potential for losses after severe events to be higher due to the impact of claims inflation, economic demand surge as well as super catastrophes.
LONDON – 20th December, 2021 – RMS®, the world’s leading catastrophe risk solutions company, announces that it has formally signed a consulting agreement with Tunis Re to create an exposure and accumulation study, with a focus on Flood, Terrorism and other natural catastrophes. This agreement will enable Tunis Re to increase monitoring of its exposures and further expand its risk management capabilities. Lamia Ben Mahmoud, Chief Executive Officer at Tunis Re, said: “To continue providing our valued clients with the excellent service to which they are accustomed, we continuously look for ways to stay ahead of our exposures and maintain exceptional risk management processes. Our strategic collaboration with RMS, who is highly regarded especially around flood, natural catastrophe and terrorism risks, will enable us to further develop a more comprehensive monitoring of these risks for the benefit of both our team and our clients and our other business partners.” Vivek Bajaj, Managing Director Europe and Asia, RMS, added: “We are delighted to work with Tunis Re on this collaborative initiative. We look forward to assisting them in furthering their awareness and knowledge of their exposures and supporting them as they embark on this journey. This demonstrates our commitment to continued development and growth in the important MENA region.” About Tunis Re Tunis Re is a public limited reinsurance company based in Tunis, Tunisia. Founded in 1981, the company writes both treaty and facultative solutions (non-life and life) and is one of Africa’s leading regional reinsurers. Tunis Re has a diversified global portfolio which expands over 51 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
LONDON – 13th December, 2021 – RMS, the world’s leading catastrophe risk solutions company, is working with leading global specialty (re)insurer Canopius to develop and enhance Canopius’ climate change risk analysis with the adoption of RMS Climate Change Models. RMS has worked closely with Canopius to fully integrate the climate change models into its business processes with a focus on North Atlantic hurricane wind and storm surge. The RMS Climate Change Models will also help Canopius to respond to new and emerging regulatory reporting, such as the recent Bank of England Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenario (CBES) exercise, as well as further financial disclosures. RMS Climate Change Models help (re)insurers, such as Canopius, better understand, evaluate, and manage climate change risk in multiple regions using a probabilistic modeling approach. The models offer comprehensive and flexible parameters to seamlessly adjust time horizons and Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) to assess the impacts and uncertainties associated with different climate change scenarios. Joss Matthewman, Senior Director, Product Management, RMS, said: “Rigorous and reliable climate change risk analytics are vital for all businesses right now. This is not just about contributing to increased regulation and financial disclosures, but also providing clients with strategic insights and outcomes for short-, medium- and long-term horizons. We are pleased to continue our work with Canopius, and we see more companies across the insurance and reinsurance industry defining best practices around climate change and investing in the future of our industry.” Paul Wilkinson, Head of Aggregation and Risk Strategy, Canopius said: “Climate change presents one of the most significant risks to the (re)insurance industry. It is important to us to incorporate the latest science relating to climate change into our risk analytics in a manner that can be tailored to our needs and fully integrated across key business operations, such as portfolio management, near-term underwriting, and business planning. The RMS models enable adjusting time horizons for the near- and long-term, which, combined with the full flexibility and range of the IPCC’s Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) scenarios allows us to confidently assess North Atlantic hurricane climate change risks.”
LONDON – 7th December, 2021 – Specialist global insurer Hiscox is working with RMS, the world’s leading catastrophe risk solutions company, to extend and increase its use of groundbreaking RMS Location Intelligence API technology, to improve the customer experience for its coverholders by providing real-time tailored quotes. RMS Location Intelligence provides market-leading modeling data offering high-resolution, location-level hazard, risk, and loss metrics. The use of an application programming interface (API) to integrate RMS data directly into Hiscox systems allows real-time responses to coverholders, and no lost business due to slow response times. RMS Location Intelligence also provides a live view of Hiscox’s bound portfolio enabling active management of risk aggregation and greater opportunities for dynamic pricing. Paul Butler, Technology Director, Hiscox, said: “It is no secret that technology continues to be a major driver across all aspects of the insurance industry. At Hiscox we are accelerating investment in our data and analytical capabilities to enable us to capture new opportunities in the market. Our Coverholder relationships are vital to our business growth at Hiscox and since working with RMS Location Intelligence API, our FloodPlus book has doubled year on year, now generating in the region of 20,000 quotes per week. The millisecond response times are needed to keep our overall API response time below four seconds – our benchmark for providing real-time and automated trading platforms in FloodPlus and BindPlus.” Jason Futers, Managing Director at RMS, said: “There has been huge growth in the Coverholder market, and many sophisticated carriers are now moving to live quoting of delegated business so that they can precisely tailor pricing to their view of risk and build a better book of business. RMS Location Intelligence offers real-time screening and pricing analytics from RMS data and models that enable carriers to adopt a consistent view across the full risk transfer process, from individual risks through to portfolio management. Being able to provide coverholders with real-time, fully automated quotes is a gamechanger that is driving increases to the quote-to-bind ratios, and improvements in the quality and quantity of underwritten policies.” About the Hiscox Group Hiscox is a global specialist insurer, headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). Our ambition is to be a respected specialist insurer with a diverse portfolio by product and geography. We believe that building balance between catastrophe-exposed business and less volatile local specialty business gives us opportunities for profitable growth throughout the insurance cycle. The Hiscox Group employs over 3,000 people in 14 countries, and has customers worldwide. Through the retail businesses in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA, we offer a range of specialist insurance for professionals and business customers as well as homeowners. Internationally traded, bigger ticket business and reinsurance is underwritten through Hiscox London Market and Hiscox Re & ILS. Our values define our business, with a focus on people, courage, ownership and integrity. We pride ourselves on being true to our word and our award-winning claims service is testament to that. For more information, visit www.hiscoxgroup.com