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19/11/2019 10:07:29

by Alastair Sheppard, Sales Manager – Flood Modeller

Did you know that Flood Modeller provides hundreds of features, some of which have been in development for over 40 years? Earlier this week, I was reminded that Flood Modeller, including its predecessor, has been in development since 1976! It has become an industry standard flood modelling solution and has been applied to some of the largest and most complex rivers across the globe, from the Mekong in Asia to the Thames in Europe.

Flood Modeller version 4.0 was released exactly 5 years ago today on the 19th November 2014 which brought many significant improvements over version 3.7. Over the last five years users have told us how much they love using the software and how easy it is to use and learn. With many new features and capabilities since the launch of version 4.0, I wanted to share some of my favourites:

  1. User interface: An intuitive environment for building, running and analysing models - it offers users superior workflows, online background mapping features and support for multi-screen working.
  2. Flood Cloud: A game-changing way to deliver projects - it seamlessly allows users to run their simulations in the cloud, delivering the on-demand computational resource required to deliver the step change needed for better information on flooding.
  3. Damage calculator: Assess economic impacts anywhere in the world - quickly assess the overall impact of flooding on a catchment using flood depth grids from Flood Modeller, TUFLOW and other sources to better understand the severity of an event.
  4. SWMM link: A fully integrated catchment modelling approach - improving the integration of sewer and drainage networks with overland flow and river systems. Where pipe networks overflow in SWMM, links to Flood Modeller can be incorporated to model the resulting surface flows and possible flood scenarios.
  5. Catalogue tool: Efficiently manage your model data - organise and catalogue all the data associated with your Flood Modeller projects.
  6. TUFLOW link: Enhanced third-party integration – now you can also connect TUFLOW’s HPC 2D solver to benefit from Flood Modeller’s user interface, wide-range of complex structures and logical rules.
  7. Generic rainfall-runoff boundary: An expanding range of globally recognised hydrological approaches - the generic rainfall-runoff boundary has been redesigned to allow users to select the most appropriate hydrological method for their specific region.
  8. Automation tools: A range of tools to fast-track the delivery of your projects - the HEC-RAS importer brings cross-section data into Flood Modeller without any manual conversion work. The link line generator makes it even easier and quicker to build 1D-2D models. The simulation builder allows users to automatically build up a matrix of simulations for a wide range of scenarios.

In addition to this functionality, the development team are currently busy working on the new features that will be released in version 5.0 which will be coming in 2020. Some of the new features will bring a step change in capabilities, include a new GPU solver, a new flexible mesh solver, and enhanced integrated surface/sub-surface modelling features.

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