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30/06/2016 14:59:49

On 28th June, CH2M was invited to showcase Flood Modeller Suite at the #OpenDefra conference at the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in London. Various topics were discussed at the event with regards to how publicly available data was now being utilised across different industries, including engineering, farming and agriculture, transportation and various others.

The event provided an excellent opportunity to discuss how our industry-leading software utilises a range of open datasets, including the Environment Agency’s LiDAR and flood warning datasets for use within our next generation flood modelling software, Flood Modeller Pro, and smartphone flood warning application, Flood Alert.

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James Winbolt from the Environment Agency commented: “We were delighted that CH2M could join us at the Defra Data Market. Their software allowed people to see Open Data in action, and explore the endless opportunities it brings to the country.”

In June 2015, Defra announced that they were in the process of making 8,000 of its datasets freely available as open data, putting Britain at the forefront of the data revolution. Therefore the 2016 event was the perfect occasion for Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to announce that the original target had been significantly exceeded, having already released over 11,000 datasets.

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