ARA’s HurLoss U.S. Hurricane Model Supports On-Demand Catastrophe Modeling

Applied Research Associates (ARA), in partnership with Xceedance, a global provider of strategic insurance consulting and technology, and the Oasis Loss Modelling Framework (Oasis LMF), announced the availability of on-demand exposure analysis and results for three key U.S. catastrophe perils.

Leading model providers ARA, CoreLogic, and Fathom support Xceedance-Oasis LMF on-demand services providing loss metrics for U.S. hurricane, earthquake, and flood perils to diverse insurance organizations.

Xceedance-Oasis LMF On-Demand Catastrophe Modelling Services, which include ARA’s HurLoss™ U.S. Hurricane model, deliver as-needed loss analysis to re/insurers, brokers, and MGAs – with no annual model licensing, no requirement to use proprietary platforms, and the flexibility to select peril models from a community of expert model providers.

Insurance organizations send in their raw exposure data, which is evaluated and applied to the country/peril model of the user’s choice. The output is a specialized report containing all model assumptions and essential loss metrics for the re/insurer’s unique account or portfolio.

ARA’s HurLoss™ U.S. Hurricane model allows re/insurers and brokers to make superior underwriting and portfolio management decisions. ARA’s hurricane model has been extensively published and peer reviewed. It has been the basis for structural design in hurricane-prone states since 1998 (ASCE 7) and accepted for use in Florida since 2000 (FCHLPM, FLOIR, FLDCA). In 2015, HurLoss was selected by the Lloyd’s Market Association to be the first major region-peril model implemented on Oasis LMF.

“THE NEW OFFERING FROM XCEEDANCE PROVIDES A CONVENIENT AND COMPETITIVELY-PRICED CHANNEL FOR ACCESSING ARA’S INNOVATIVE U.S. HURRICANE CATASTROPHE MODEL. THE VALUE IN MULTIPLE VIEWS OF RISK IS WELL UNDERSTOOD, BUT PRACTICAL CONCERNS ABOUT COST AND WORKFLOW OFTEN DISCOURAGE RISK UNDERWRITERS FROM SEEKING ALTERNATIVE VIEWS. THE NEW ON-DEMAND MODELING SERVICE FROM XCEEDANCE BREAKS DOWN THESE BARRIERS.” – FRANK LAVELLE, VP AND HURLOSS PRODUCT MANAGER AT ARA. 

The Fathom U.S. Flood model has unprecedented coverage of every U.S. watercourse and the entire U.S. coastline, quantifying coastal flood risk due to storm surges and high tides. Additionally, the model is systematically validated against FEMA, Iowa Flood Center models, and NFIP claims data — proving current methods significantly underestimate flood risk.

The CoreLogic U.S. Earthquake model accounts for historic, nationwide earthquake hazard and risk information for insights into location or portfolio risk. It was one of the first models in the market to implement the 2014 USGS and UCERF3 hazard data, explicitly model damage due to liquefaction and earthquake-induced landslide, and include sophisticated modelling of deep sedimentary basins in California and Washington.

 “Re/insurers and brokers can access loss results from three highly regarded catastrophe modeling providers for the key drivers of risk and loss in the United States,” said Manish Khetan, COO of North America Operations at Xceedance. “The services are designed so insurance organizations don’t need to spend time and resources on modelling or invest in infrastructure. Now, re/insurers can get an alternate view of primary U.S. catastrophe perils, in addition to their existing models. Or, they can get a first view of those perils if they don’t have in-house modelling platforms.”

Contact:
Francis M. Lavelle
flavelle@ara.com
919.582.3350

About ARA

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) was founded in 1979, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to offer science and engineering research to solve problems of national importance. ARA delivers leading-edge products and solutions for national defense, energy, homeland security, aerospace, healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing. With over 1,500 employee-owners at locations in the U.S. and Canada, ARA offers a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil engineering, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, biomedical engineering, environmental technologies, and blast testing and measurement.

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