Join us at Flood Modeller Suite 2017

Flood Modeller Suite is a key fixture in the flood modelling industry calendar. This year’s conference is taking place on Thursday 19 October at The Geological Society in London. We have two members of the team presenting at the conference as well as live demonstrations of GeoRiver in partnership with Storm Geomatics.


A tool that allows easy exchange of data between hydraulic modellers and surveyors, GeoRiver results in faster model preparation. We are working in partnership with Storm Geomatics to develop the software into a must-have tool for modellers and surveyors alike.

Storm Geomatics are exhibiting at the conference and will have GeoRiver demonstrations running throughout the day. Visit their stand and talk to Mike Hopkins, Storm Geomatics Managing Director, and Anthony Pritchard, AssocRICS Director, for more information. Modellers can also get their hands on a free three-month trial giving the opportunity to use the software and realise the huge benefits it provides.

Ben Gibson, Senior Hydraulic Modeller, is presenting an overview of GeoRiver v1.5 at 12.30pm.

The setup for hydraulic models can often be one of the most time-consuming aspects of flood modelling studies. If many structures are in place along the watercourse, it can take a substantial amount of time to incorporate them into the model inputs. While this is reasonable when dealing with complex structures, the integration of relatively simple structures can represent an inefficient use of a modellers time. For many studies, the information is already available from the survey data and therefore manually defining hydraulic structures in Flood Modeller is a partial duplication of effort and is open to costly migration/typographical errors.

Ben’s talk will demonstrate how the GeoRiver software can be used to bridge the gap between the often highly detailed surveying data collected and the data needed in sophisticated Flood Modeller simulations to define structures. This includes the steps needed to create structure data in the software and export it in a digital format to Flood Modeller with structure nodes and geometry. His talk will conclude by discussing the potential benefits of this streamlined approach and how it might be applied to other tasks undertaken by hydraulic modellers.

Flow forecasting

Odell Harrison, Senior Analyst, will discuss replacing 111 flow forecasting models with Flood Modeller by developing and adapting a global template. Her talk, taking place at 1.30pm, will cover the development of a single new English forecasting system (the Future Flood Forecasting System or FFFS) which is currently under way.

The Environment Agency’s goal is to improve efficiency and increase flexibility across the country by running a small number of model types in a nationally consistent way. The chosen model types are:

  • Probability Distributed Model (PDM) for rainfall runoff modelling
  • Flood Modeller Pro for flow routing or hydrodynamic river models
  • Triton for coastal modelling.

This means converting all other model types ready for inclusion in the new system. Solihull Centre has the largest number of non-compliant models with over 100 Midlands Catchment Rainfall Runoff Models (MCRM) and over 100 Douglas-Dobson (DODO) flow routing models. Odell’s presentation will provide information on the application and adaptation of a global template, developed using Flood Modeller Pro, to replace the existing routing models on the rivers Severn and Trent and their tributaries. The new template is designed to allow the replication of storage and floodplain processes available in the existing routing models.

Want to know more?

Contact Ben Gibson or Odell Harrison for more information on either of their presentations. You can also read more about other projects using flood forecasting in our Knowledge Hub.

Interested in GeoRiver and how you can simplify your river model data preparation? Visit the GeoRiver website or contact Mike Hopkins for more information.

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