Introducing Flood Cloud
Flood Cloud (coming in 2017) is an innovative service from CH2M that enables users to seamlessly undertake flood risk modelling, at any scale, in the cloud. It provides users of Flood Modeller Pro and Flood Modeller Free with a new way to run 1D, 2D and linked 1D-2D flood models. Powered by the Parallel Works platform, Flood Cloud delivers the on demand computational resource required to deliver the step change needed for better information on flooding.
Until recently the required outputs from flood modelling were typically selected water levels and flood extents from a handful of simulations such as three return period events. Now, a much richer set of results are required, perhaps covering ten or more annual exceedance probabilities, with various climate change scenarios and a range of flood management options with different flood defence performance assumptions.
This, together with the move towards detailed 2D modelling, has resulted in a step change in the computational resources needed to undertake the modelling. Flood Cloud provides the answer by providing an almost infinitely scalable resource pool of processors tightly integrated within CH2M’s industry-leading flood modelling software.
Flood Cloud is seamlessly integrated within the Flood Modeller interface. Once a user has set up their models locally, they can send them for processing on high performance hardware in the cloud directly from within the interface.
The dashboard allows users to monitor the progress of their runs showing percent complete, mass balance, convergence and status. A graphical summary representing flows, iterations, convergence and mass balance is also provided.
Flood Cloud provides the on demand computational resource required to deliver the step change needed for improved information on flooding. The importance of, and demands on, flood modelling continue to increase. In order to better understand flood behaviour and identify robust flood management options, more and more simulations are required. At the same time pressures are growing to act quicker and be more efficient. Flood Cloud is designed to help you respond to all of these situations.
Example: a project may require simulations for 5 sets of inflow boundaries, at 4 epochs, with 3 climate change scenarios and for 3 flood management options – for a 2-hour base simulation run time this equates to more than 2 weeks of continuous running if one licence/computer is used. But with Flood Cloud all the 180 individual simulations can be undertaken at the same time – saving the project 2 weeks of programme.
Key benefits of Flood Cloud
Quicker results: access high performance hardware on demand, allowing you to unlock the full potential of Flood Modeller by running more concurrent instances of the software.
Greater analysis: deterministic models for single storm events have been established for decades and modellers have been limited to this method due to the cost of software, speed of computers and availability of alternative analysis. It is now practical to overcome these barriers.
Flexibility: perfect for organisations with growing or fluctuating project demands. If workloads increase or you need to undertake more detailed analysis, it’s easy to scale up your processing capacity. Likewise, if you need to scale down again, you have that flexibility.
No capital-expenditure and reduced software costs: align costs with revenues and cut out the initial cost and ongoing maintenance of high performance hardware. Having the option to run a greater number of concurrent simulations can also reduce future software costs.
Accessible from anywhere: Flood Cloud can be accessed when you need it, at any time, from anywhere in the world. Available 24/7, your projects can continue to run beyond your regular working day.
Free up existing software licences: run simulations using Flood Cloud allowing others to use the licence to build their models.
Reliability: hosted by Amazon’s state-of-the-art offering, it makes it less prone to in-house IT infrastructure challenges.
Competitive advantage: it provides enterprise-class technology, for everyone, allowing businesses to act faster and more efficiently than ever before. Our pay-as-you-go service allows organisations to compete more effectively, while remaining lean and nimble.
Secure: hosted by Amazon, it is built on a secure platform, ensuring your model data and personal details are safe.
Only pay for what you use: our cost effective pricing structure makes it even easier for you to plan and manage your projects.