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Robotics for Good Challenge

The challenge

Disaster management

Global climate changes are intensifying the risk and severity of large-scale natural disasters, such as excessive heat, persistent drought, and other extreme phenomena, including torrential rains, landslides, flash floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and wildfires. These tragic events necessitate a rapid and accurate response to find and rescue survivors when every minute counts.
In response to these crises, robots can provide a swift and precise solution. They limit human exposure to hazardous emergencies and make aid delivery safer, more efficient, and cost-effective. Notably, these robots utilize carbon-neutral energy sources, aligning with global sustainability goals.
Robots can significantly expedite search and rescue operations. With their assistance, emergency service managers can access geological maps, damage assessments, and facilitate rubble removal and medical supply delivery more accurately

Overview
The National Seismological Institute has reported a 6.7 earthquake on the Richter scale in the capital. Your team is known for its expertise and cutting-edge technology used in rescue situations, so the municipal emergency coordinator has requested your collaboration in rescue and evacuation tasks. Without a moment’s hesitation, you prepare to intervene. En route, you receive the situation report:

  • Aftermath of an earthquake

The city is located near a geological fault, and it has already experienced earthquakes of lesser magnitude. Due to this, most of the buildings have been constructed using techniques that make them resilient to earthquakes and have not suffered significant damage

  • Collapsed buildings

The foundations of one of the apartment blocks closest to the epicenter have suffered severe damage. The building could not withstand it and has collapsed. Most of the residents have been able to escape, but some have been trapped. First response
teams estimate that there are 9 people under the rubble and potentially injured.

  • Destroyed infrastructure

Due to the earthquake, several communication routes have been damaged. Engineers and workers are already on their way to repair them, but it will take some time, and therefore, you cannot count on external help.

  • Evacuation

Some buildings have suffered minor damage. Firefighters will inspect the buildings to ensure they are safe, but until then, the inhabitants must be evacuated to the
designated shelter.

  • Impassable roads

Some pipes have broken and caused holes in the roads. Between this and the rubble, some streets have become impassable. Evacuees cannot reach shelters, and ambulances have difficulty picking up the injured. Engineers and workers are already on their way to repair them, but it will take time, and time is pressing.

The challenge

Objectives

  • Carry out a careful rescue operation

Rescue the people who are in the building and collect those who are outside. When rescuing people inside the building, keep in mind that the structure is
severely compromised. As a result, you must proceed with extreme caution to avoid causing more damage that could endanger the affected individuals.

The game field
With the buildings
  • Safe and seamless evacuation

Transport the people with serious injuries to the hospital and the remaining people to
the shelter.