Environment Agency Incident Management Forecasting System
A bespoke software solution incorporating database design and implementation, plus the development of new web applications to streamline the way flood forecasting data is stored, managed and utilised.
Designed to offer increased user functionality, the creation of the Environment Agency Incident Management Forecasting System allowed our software team to demonstrate their skills in both data management and web and app development. Supported by knowledge from our flood forecasting, we were able to deliver a range of solutions to improve upon existing software.
- Client Environment Agency
- Location Nationwide
- Partners Deltares
Innovative database design and implementation to facilitate more reliable, consistent and robust flood forecast modelling
With recognised expertise in the field of flood forecast modelling, we were presented with the opportunity to strengthen existing software in order to remove the need for manual editing, increase the consistency of working practices and offer increased reliability in flood forecast modelling.
By working with the Environment Agency (EA) to identify where improvements could be made to existing flood forecasting software, we embarked upon the design and implementation of a new database. This involved working closely with our Flood Science and Forecasting teams, as well as with the software and development team at Deltares, who were originally responsible for building the software and manage its ongoing maintenance.
Alongside the database development, we also developed three new web applications to assist EA staff with data management. Through the creation of these applications we were able to centralise where data was stored and how it was used, introduce user testing facilities and automate the deployment of updates.
Innovation was a key driver behind the development of the improved Incident Management Forecasting System and as a result we incorporated several new features. This included allowing users to make and test edits in isolation, through the use of a bespoke codebase to allow branching of model configuration, visualisation of location data on an interactive map and visualisation of basin and sub-basin networks, highlighting how input data and model inputs/outputs are connected.
Improving functionality through ongoing collaboration
Close client collaboration was key to the successful development of the new IMFS. By working with members of the EA team responsible for managing the project and also those who would be using the JBA-developed web applications most frequently, we were able to build in essential functionality and improvements throughout the course of the project. This approach also allowed our teams to work more sustainably by reducing the need for regular in-person meetings. These were instead replaced by more frequent virtual meetings and workshops, which have become commonplace across all of our projects.
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