Odell Harrison wins Best Presentation of the Day at Flood Modeller Suite

The annual Flood Modeller Suite took place at the Geological society in London on 19 October. The conference hosted around 150 delegates with a healthy mix of consulting and Environment Agency professionals. Thomas Green, Flood Modelling Technician, attended and gives us a rundown of the event.

Several staff attended the event including Neil Hunter, Head of Flood Modelling, Stuart Marshfield, Hydrology and Hydraulic Modelling Assistant Analyst, and myself attending from Skipton. Other staff were in attendance from Coleshill, Newcastle, Warrington and Edinburgh with presentations from Ben Gibson, Senior Hydraulic Modeller, and Odell Harrison, Senior Analyst.

Read more about their presentation topics in our previous blog.

Flood Cloud

The day’s proceedings began with a welcome speech from Richard Crowder of CH2M. Dr Jon Wicks then outlined the new developments being brought forward over the coming weeks and months. The focus here was on the relatively new feature for Flood Modeller, Flood Cloud.

Flood Cloud allows modellers to run 1D, 2D and linked 1D-2D models on cloud software, as opposed to running on local systems. This has the potential to add more flexibility where local resources are often high in demand.

The day continued with a stream of short 30-minute talks from experts and modellers across the industry. Most of these highlighted the benefits of modelling with Flood Modeller Pro. The running theme across many of the talks was the built-in tools available in the software, which can often speed up modelling tasks. The use of the spatial diagnostic tool for example, to troubleshoot model problems and pinpoint errors. From a separate presentation, a tool used to populate partially georeferenced cross sections to aid in the translation of models into Flood Modeller Pro was mentioned.


After an opportunity to chat over sandwiches and coffee at lunch, Ben Gibson gave us an introduction to GeoRiver v1.5. Developed by our software team, in partnership with Storm Geomatics, GeoRiver allows for a fast model creation by directly importing survey data into the software. This can then easily be used to transfer straight into your modelling package.

Later, it was Odell Harrison’s turn to take to the stage, who came away with an award for the Best Presentation of the Day! Odell discussed using Flood Modeller to consolidate and update existing Environment Agency flow routing models. Working with over 100 existing models, Odell has been able to both improve model results and develop a global template suitable for all types of flow routing models.

Public communication

Overall, the conference provided some interesting perspectives and ideas on the use of Flood Modeller on a range of modelling studies. As well as the technical side of everyday modelling, there was insight from Craig Woolhouse, Environment Agency, on communication of modelling with the public. Is the current ‘return period estimate’ approach to flood risk fit for purpose? How is this interpreted by the public? The opportunity to question and debate each topic throughout the day made for an informative session. It got people thinking about major developments, as well as the challenges of hydraulic modelling.

Want to know more?

For more information on GeoRiver contact Matthew Tancock or visit the GeoRiver website. You can also contact Ben Gibson or Odell Harrison for more information on their presentations.

Visit our Flood and Water Management web page for details of our modelling capabilities.

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