Organise and manage your modelling data more effectively

This month’s feature showcase takes a closer look at some of the features within the Catalogue tool. The article details how it can help you organise and manage all of the data associated with your projects, ensuring the quality of your model and Building Information Modelling (BIM) compliance.

Flood Modeller's Catalogue tool automatically populates simulation input and output data and makes it easier to find inputs, run parameters and model results. It quickly checks that all of the expected files have been received from directly within the user interface. You can monitor your modelling progress and then share any outputs or other relevant data more effectively

"Using the Catalogue tool has proven to be really useful on a number of our projects; the common structure and additional meta data makes model familiarisation much easier and faster, particularly when carrying out model reviews". Louise Cramp, Advisor, Environment Agency

The Catalogue incorporates standardised templates to guide you to collect all required data associated to a project. It provides templates that are organised into four hierarchic levels, Project, Model(s), Scenario(s) and Simulation(s). This structure is relatively common, and consistent with how modellers organise their project. When setting up a new catalogue, you can populate the required fields in each level, which include details for a wide range of input and output data contained within the models.

The Catalogue can scan the referenced files to automatically extract data to populate the catalogue. You are also able to record metadata for the project and model, e.g. project reference number, simulation time period and annual exceedance probability.

At each stage of the project, the tool includes a validation option to check whether required information is filled in and whether all referenced files are present, highlighting where expected data is missing. Upon completion of a project the catalogue will provide a lookup for all major data associated to the project, providing easy access to the data for reviewers and other project stakeholders.

If you you would like to learn more about the Catalogue tool, please get in touch with a member of our team.