The Management Team
ImageCat’s Management Team brings a wealth of experience and creativity to risk management. Each of the team brings a different perspective, including board-level, scientific or professional comittee experience, technical know-how and a wide network of contacts, clients and collaborators.
Mr. Eguchi is President and CEO of ImageCat, Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in risk analysis and risk management studies. He has served on several Editorial Boards in the past including the Natural Hazards Review published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s (EERI) Journal, Earthquake Spectra.
He is a past member of the following national committees: the National Research Council’s Disaster Roundtable, the Scientific Advisory Committee of the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Executive Committee of the ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering.
He is currently starting a new committee for the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE that will encourage the advancement and application of information technologies in structural engineering. In 2006, he accepted an ATC Award of Excellence on behalf of the ATC-61 project team for work on An Independent Study to Assess Future Savings from Mitigation Activities that showed that a dollar spent on hazard mitigation saves the nation about $4 in future benefits for every dollar spent. He was recognized by EERI as the 2008 Distinguished Lecturer where he discussed the topic of “Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and other Disasters: A View from Space”. He has authored over 300 publications, many of them dealing with the seismic risk of utility lifeline systems and the use of remote sensing technologies for disaster response.
As a founding partner of ImageCat, Mr. Huyck has been instrumental in developing operational strategies for spatial technologies. He directs a team of engineers, scientists, and programmers developing software tools and data processing algorithms for loss estimation and risk assessment.
He has over 20 years of GIS analysis and application development experience integrating advanced geospatial technologies into disaster simulation tools and CAT modeling programs.
He is known for results-oriented and novel solutions to complex spatial modeling problems, including extracting damage estimates and building inventories from satellite imagery, migration of CAT models to an online environment, and integration of transportation and lifelines vulnerability into GIS network analysis.
Shubharoop Ghosh provides strategic direction and leadership for ImageCat’s data products and services. Mr Ghosh is responsible for managing ImageCat’s diverse portfolio of data products and services, including US and international inventory databases, 3D-City models, PDQ, and an extensive library of remote sensing and field-based natural hazard damage data.
Mr. Ghosh oversees complex data development studies and processes for data management and delivery into the operational work flow of ImageCat’s broad client base, focusing on data solutions that are unique and useful in the global market place. Mr. Ghosh has a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Policy, Planning and Development (SPPD).
Mr Graf is Associate of Engineering and manages the SeismiCat seismic risk management system at ImageCat. He is a registered Professional Engineer (Civil) with 35 years of experience in structural engineering and earthquake risk analyses for individual buildings, portfolios, and lifeline structures. Clients include owners, lenders, property insurers and brokers, government agencies, municipal bond rating agencies and insurers.
Bill has investigated earthquake damage following many earthquakes, starting with the 1987 Whittier-Narrows earthquake. Bill is an associate member of the Structural Engineers Association of California, a Member of ASCE, and a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
Dr. Imani plays a critical role in ImageCat’s Structural Engineering and Risk Mitigation efforts, including consulting services and improvement of the SeismiCat risk management system. Reza is a registered Professional Engineer (Civil) and has 9 years of combined research and practice experience in analysis, risk evaluation and design of structures subjected to multi-hazard loading conditions and extreme events. He has conducted extensive experimental and numerical studies on the behavior of various types of structures subjected to earthquakes and post-earthquake fires. Reza’s research experience also involves applying the Performance-Based Design method to structures under seismic and fire loads.
In his previous practice, Reza was involved in various seismic design, risk assessment/evaluation and retrofit projects from commercial, sports, education and healthcare sectors. He also played a key role in various Forensic Engineering projects, using advanced analytics and engineering principles to investigate causes of failure or other concerns in behavior of structures. Reza is a member of ASCE Multi-Hazard Mitigation and ASCE Fire Protection Committees and serves as a reviewer in various Structural Engineering journals.
Mr. Amyx specializes in the development and use of advanced technologies for risk assessment and reduction. His primary focus has been the development of software systems that incorporate GIS visualization and analysis. His responsibilities at ImageCat, Inc. include application development, GIS analysis, and system administration.
Paul has played a key role in the development of several software systems that have been used to collect and analyze field data after large disasters. Additionally, Paul has personally been deployed to collect field data in many instances, including aerial data collection during the 2007 Southern California wildfires and ground data collection after the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti. His more recent work has focused on the development of web mapping applications to provide specialized GIS analysis capabilities to government, insurance, and reinsurance clients.
Mr. Hu is a senior programmer at ImageCat, Inc. Mr. Hu has over 10 years of experience in software development, playing a key role in data modeling, architecture design, implementation, testing and deployment of software applications. He has expertise in utilizing cloud technologies for performance improvement of complex models. He is key in developing algorithms of software performing seismic simulation and loss analysis. He works with a wide variety of GIS technologies including off-the-shelf products from Google, Bing, ESRI and open source providers like OpenStreetMap, and specializes in integrating custom analytical models with GIS maps into an online interactive data analysis and visualization platform.
Mr. Lee is the Director for ImageCat’s earthquake risk services and oversees earthquake catastrophe model development. He has more than 20 years of experience in developing stochastic risk assessment methodology and analytical systems for use with earthquake risk assessments for individual buildings, building portfolios and lifeline systems. He specializes in probabilistic seismic hazard and risk analysis methodology, ground motion models, building vulnerability models, probability theory and statistical simulation method. He has developed the Robust Simulation method which comprehensively characterizes the uncertainty for a robust view of hazard and risk. He has also developed methodologies to quantify lifeline system resilience performance so that mitigation strategies to address known vulnerabilities can be identified and prioritized.
Mr. Lee has conducted numerous earthquake risk assessments for owners, lenders, property insurers and brokers to facilitate the risk financing, mitigation as well as investment decisions. Mr. Lee has double Master’s Degrees in Geophysics and Computer Sciences.