Tom Larsen is Senior Vice President of EQECAT, Inc. Mr. Larsen has served as an associate at EQECAT and its prior operating companies since 1989. He is responsible for deeply understanding product requirements from the product management group and translating, guiding and directing EQECAT's methodology and architecture to ensure they are aligned with client needs.
While at EQECAT, Mr. Larsen has played critical roles in the development of tools to help insurance and government clients better measure and manage their risk from large-scale catastrophes. Leading a reconnaissance team after the Loma Prieta Earthquake, he helped refine financial models that helped banks estimate post-catastrophe mortgage default risk. He was part of the team which assessed building and critical infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Andrew and led the team implementing the financial risk calculation for EQECAT's USWind and USQuake models, as well as the risk modeling platform RQE™ (Risk Quantification & Engineering). He also has co-authored numerous reports and articles related to extreme-risk hazards and related computer modeling.
Mr. Larsen has experience in natural catastrophe modeling for the insurance and reinsurance industries and government dating back to 1989. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, and a Masters in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
He is based in Oakland, CA.
Articles and Publications
Elemental Problems in Japan
Tom Larsen wrote the article after the March 11 Tohoku Earthquake.
"The four classical elements - air, earth, fire and water - are all embroiled in the nasty aftermath of the disaster in Japan. But there's nothing elemental about the upcoming claims."
Mr. Larsen explains how deconstructing the earthquake and tsunami into separate, manageable parts and taking advantage of resources such as shaking maps and catastrophe model output will help build solid, rational expectations.
Risk Management Magazine
The Energy Sector's Next Top Model
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Thomas Larsen, Senior Vice President of EQECAT, discusses how EQECAT's new Offshore Energy model sets a new standard in capability to model offshore energy risk.
A Sitting Duck
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A magazine article written by Tom Larsen, Senior Vice President of EQECAT, regarding modelling perspective on the earthquake-prone Tokyo region, otherwise known as the Pacific Rim of Fire.
June 21 - June 22, 2011
Managing Catastrophe Risk Conference
Tom Larsen spoke on a panel about understanding clients needs, explaining model changes for US and European windstorm, and lessons learned from 2010 and recent catastrophic events.
March 30 - April 1, 2011
Tom Larsen spoke on "Case Studies: A Selection of One or Two Sources of Uncertainty, and How These are Captured by Models" and presented "3-Year Roadmap"at EQECAT's US Catastrophe Modeling Conference.