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Step 1: Download RiskScape and install it

Want to try RiskScape out first?

You can install RiskScape software and run it in demo mode with limited sample datasets.

Get RiskScape

RiskScape can be installed on Windows, Linux/Unix and MaxOSX.

Note: Before you install a new or updated version of RiskScape, it is good practice to first uninstall any old versions. This is especially important when upgrading between major versions.

Windows 7 or newer.
MacOSX 1.8 or newer, any flavour of Linux/Unix.
A minimum of 4G memory.
If you are behind a corporate firewall, proxy information from your IT department.

The following information was recently brought to our attention: "The desktop version of the Windows 8 OS does not run in a full 64-bit mode (unless you have Enhanced Protected Mode in Internet Explorer 10 turned on), thus 32-bit Java is the default." Make sure you check the version installed on your PC.

Note: the desktop version of the Windows 8 OS does not run in a full 64-bit mode (unless you have Enhanced Protected Mode in Internet Explorer 10 turned on), thus 32-bit Java is the default.

Download the installer (.exe file) for either 64 or 32 bits. Follow the installer instructions.

If you have administrative privileges on your computer you will be allowed to install RiskScape in C:\Program Files, otherwise the default will be your home directory.

Download the installer (.bin file) for either 64 or 32 bits.

To unpack the distribution use the command:
>> sh riskscape-xxx.bin (where xxx stands for the version and bitness)

cd to the riskscape directory and run the riskscape.sh file to get started.

Download the .dmg file. Click on the file to mount the image, then drag the RiskScape folder to your applications folder.  
If you set the shell scripts to open with Terminal you will be able to run them by clicking on them.
If not, you will have to run them from the command line.

On Wiindows use the uninstaller. On Mac OSX and *nix remove the RiskScape installation folder.

Step 2: Get a license for full functionality

Register with RiskScape to get a software license which will activate the full version of RiskScape.

If you are affiliated with a New Zealand research institue or local or central government organisation your registration will be automatically approved. If you are located outside New Zealand or affiliated with a commercial orgnisation please contact the RiskScape team first regarding access to software licenses.

Register with RiskScape

Contact us about commercial use

Approved registered RiskScape users recieve a free 12 month software license, renewable upon expiry unless by prior arrangement. Users with particular development needs may be contacted by our lead developer to discuss any questions about the software.

Step 3: Using RiskScape

Riskscape has an extensive technical wiki which will lead you through the software's modelling process.

RiskScape technical wiki

Step 4: Share your data

Sharing your data can improve RiskScape's accuracy for all users. 

Registered RiskScape users can share any hazard exposure models, asset inventories and vulnerability models. These can then be converetd into RiskScape modules. The more of these datasets that are available in RiskScape, the more accurate RiskScapes impact and loss models become.

Please note that all data provided to RiskScape becomes accessible to other software users unless module security settings are applied. Please contact us if you have access to data that can be shared with the RiskScape program.

Troubleshooting

Check the knowledge base to see if anyone else has experienced the same difficulty. If there is no solution there then you might have found a bug. We are continually developing and improving RiskScape. If you find a bug preventing the software from working effectively on your PC, please report it immediately!

Report a bug