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Aon releases new platform for catastrophe data

24th September 2020 - Author: Katie Baker

Re/insurance broker Aon plc has announced the release of a platform that will enable re/insurers to convert their catastrophe data into the Open Exposure Data format.

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Aon says the format will enable more vendor model choice and enable broader risk management insights.

Due to 2020 being the costliest decade on record, economic losses from natural disasters reached USD75 billion in the first half of 2020. This has reinforced re/insurers’ need to understand and manage catastrophe risk, in addition to understanding and rebuilding from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aon’s ImpactWorkbench tool enables re/insurers to transform exposure data sets into vendor input formats to save time, reduce the potential for error and increase transparency.

With increasing choices of catastrophe models, a repeatable and efficient process for translating data will enable analysts to access insights more efficiently, the broker says.

To support catastrophe analysts, ImpactWorkbench now includes a new feature to support the Open Exposure Data (OED) format, which means re/insurers can now produce import-ready files for Oasis-based catastrophe modelling systems, including Nasdaq’s Risk Modelling for Catastrophes (NRMC) and Aon’s ELEMENTS platform from Impact Forecasting.

This approach to data can also serve as a means to better understand and quantify the impact of the contributors to unmodeled losses, as well as lead to a better understanding of the uncertainty in modelled loss estimates.

Dickie Whitaker, CEO of Oasis Loss Modelling Framework, commented: “The exposure management function in our industry is in need of improved efficiency and Aon should be applauded for supporting clients by driving forward this standard.”

James Lay, commercial director of NRMC, Nasdaq further noted: “Supporting open data standards is a key enabler for the industry and Aon’s support of OED via ImpactWorkbench will help with the adoption of Oasis-based models throughout the risk transfer chain.”

Helen Attenborough, executive managing director for Analytics Software & Product Development at Reinsurance Solutions, Aon, added: “By backing open catastrophe modelling ecosystems, we are excited to bring more choice to insurers and help them better quantify natural catastrophe risk in an efficient way. ImpactWorkbench enables a transparent view of the exposure data and conversion processes, which can help to develop an understanding of the models and how they represent reality.”

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