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Oct 27, 2020

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


Today’s episode takes a deep dive into the intersection of strategic risk management, pandemic preparedness, healthcare, architecture, and engineering.


In previous episodes, RIMScast has taken a look at defensive and reactive strategies to COVID-19 — but an architectural initiative that addresses future pandemics and outbreaks is a first!


Project Héroe features prefab structures that can be quickly mobilized and assembled anywhere in the world, regardless of geography or other spatial constraints. Once assembled, the modules form a fully functioning hospital that can either supplement existing healthcare infrastructure or operate independently where critical healthcare gaps exist. Justin was so awed by the designs that he asked the leaders of Project Héroe to join him on RIMScast!


From the design firm, Senior Partner David Swartz and Director of Research Peter Bacevice join Justin to discuss how they wore their risk manager hats when they planned this ambitious project, the importance of well-thought-out, improvised architecture (especially during a crisis), and how this project can be customized to meet the challenges of future pandemics and other major risks such as natural disasters.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’ Transitional Membership.

[:26] About today’s episode.

[:39] Current RIMS features, offerings, and events.

[1:20] More about today’s episode with David Swartz and Peter Bacevice.

[2:10] Justin welcomes David and Peter to RIMScast.

[2:19] David introduces himself and shares about how he came to found Project Héroe.

[3:27] Peter introduces himself and speaks about his involvement with Project Héroe.

[4:25] How AI played a role in the design for Project Héroe.

[5:26] What they learned in putting the project together.

[7:09] David shares what motivated them to initially start Project Héroe, its main mission, and the team they brought together to make the project come to life.

[8:54] How they raised capital for the project.

[9:19] Where they currently are right now with Phase 2 of the project and what they’re currently trying to raise money for.

[10:14] What the project represents and how it displays proactive risk management.

[10:58] What they learned about mobile hospitals while working on this project.

[12:02] How they’ve thought about mitigating risk and their holistic solution to address the immediate pandemic as well as future pandemics and natural disasters.

[13:17] How Project Héroe is able to be customized to meet the challenges of future pandemics and other major risks such as natural disasters, man-made disasters, and beyond.

[16:00] Project Héroe developed its modular healthcare architecture to cover many applications.

[17:38] How Project Héroe could lead to strategic city and local government planning, even shaping the cities of the future.

[19:17] Peter offers some additional thoughts around the importance of well-thought-out, improvised architecture especially during a crisis.

[21:55] With the diverse group of consultants they brought on for Project Héroe, David shares a lightbulb idea they hadn’t previously considered during the early stages of the project.

[23:40] Peter touches on the educational side when facing a real-time crisis.

[25:20] Justin thanks Peter and David for joining RIMScast and shares some of the important links to check out in today’s show notes!


Mentioned in this Episode:


Project Héroe Architecture Images

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Upcoming RIMS Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

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RIMS Advocacy: Coronavirus Advocacy Information

RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

New Audio Series: RIMS Risk Leaders

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)


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