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26/03/2018 13:31:19

Flood Modeller, Jacobs' industry-leading flood modelling software, recently sponsored the Flood and Coast 2018 conference in Telford (UK). The event provided an excellent opportunity to meet users of our software, and demonstrate our innovative Food Cloud service which allows users to harness the power of cloud computing.

The three-day event advanced the debate about flood and coastal erosion, resilience and response between government bodies and local authorities with business, major infrastructure and asset managers, as well as affected communities.

Dr. Jon Wicks (Technical Director for Flood Modeller at Jacobs) had the privilege of showing Clare Moriarty (Permanent Secretary at The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), the work Jacobs is doing with the Environment Agency on long term investment scenarios. Jacobs has developed an interactive tool to help understanding of the issues of balancing national investment in different types of flood response. Flood Manager was also demoed at the event which has been developed using Flood Modeller outputs to compare different flood management responses at the local level.

Clare Dinnis (Deputy Director Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy at the Environment Agency) closed the conference with a final session reflecting on the key themes and collective learning over the three days:

  • The future will be difficult and we have to talk about how we manage the challenges. All of our plenary speakers, and many of our sessions touched on this. The flood and coast family has a great track record on which to build but this has to be a focus going forward.
  • Our partnerships will make that possible but we have to continue to deepen these and work with communities, suppliers, risk management authorities, the media and more to develop real trust.
  • The best way we can do that is by continuing to talk, share and learn. The FCERM Strategy gives us a fabulous opportunity to do this and I look forward to working with you all on taking this forward.

For further information with regards to Flood Modeller, or to discuss the most appropriate software for your project, contact your local representative.

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