Overview

Increasing demands are being placed on organisations to provide responses to requests for flood information for a range of purposes such as flood insurance, property development, and property purchase.

Responding to such requests is often a tedious and time consuming process of sifting through flooding and corporate data, then manually cutting, pasting and editing a document.

Providing high quality, thorough, rich, and quality controlled reports in response to such requests can become an all consuming task.

Fortunately, waterRIDE contains the capability necessary to reduce these tasks to mere minutes.

waterRIDE™ can be used to automatically generate flood certificates (or reports) utilising a wide range of datasets. From an operational level,  the user simply clicks on a property, enters any manual information, clicks ‘generate’ and a PDF and/or Word Document

A Microsoft Word template is used as the basis for defining the layout and any ‘general’ content of the certificates.

Multiple templates make it easy to vary content for differing end users (eg creating flood information mailouts, or flood insurance certificates).

waterRIDE can incorporate information wide range of sources into a certificate including:

  • surfaces (any hydraulic parameter (level, depth, terrain, velocity, VxD, hazard, flood planning level etc), including minimums/maximums/averages or multi-point tables across a land parcel – from any flooding mechanism: overland flow, riverine and storm surge)
  • Water surface metadata (such as flood study author, date, LiDAR source etc)
  • GIS layer information (eg zoning, flood category, rating data etc)
  • Automated data: current date/time, username, computer name, waterRIDE version etc
  • Graphics: any view in the waterRIDE™ project zoomed to a scale to fit the property boundaries including user defined property boundary highlighting, legends and scales
  • Any linked property images (eg house photos or scaled house photos with superimposed flood extents)
  • Any fields in an SQL Database (eg addresses are sometimes stored in “Authority” databases)
  • If/Then/Else queries on the above

Keywords in the Word document control where waterRIDE™ inserts the relevant data, with all formatting and layout controlled by the Word document. The following image shows an example Word document with keywords contained in curly braces {}.

Flood Certificates

Flood Certificates

Some organisations choose to run the system ‘live’, whilst others use it to batch prepare certificates for all properties which they serve through their web gateway.

Typically, a system will be built using waterRIDE™ FLOOD Manager, and then operated using waterRIDE™ FLOOD Viewer licenses.

  • Using Microsoft Word files as a template, an organisation has full control over content, layout and general “look and feel” of the certificate
  • Multiple templates allow different certificate layouts to created for different purposes (eg property purchase, flood insurance queries, development etc)
  • Support for a wide range of datasets including: flooding datasets, metadata, GIS layers, graphics, property specific photos, SQL database fields, automatic and user entry fields, and if/then/else queries
  • Automatic management of overlapping datasets (eg separate mainstream and tributary models or different flooding mechanisms: overland flow, riverine and storm surge)
  • Single or batch certificate creation
  • Live data access ensures that certificates are always current
  • Utilise waterRIDE™ FLOOD Viewer to provide quality controlled distribution of certificate creation across an organisation
  • Rapid and repeatable creation of certificates
  • Ability to create very high quality and detailed certificates
  • Widely used
  • Can be readily updated using your waterRIDE FLOOD Manager license

The base data requirements to setup a waterRIDE™ based automated flood certificates system are usually readily available in an organisation.

As a minimum, you need:

  • waterRIDE™ water surfaces (generally from flood studies or GIS surfaces)
  • Land parcel GIS layer

Certificates are generally enriched if the following datasets are also available:

  • Aerial photography
  • Other relevant GIS layers
  • Additional property specific datasets (eg house photos)

An automated flood certificates system can be setup using the tools in waterRIDE™ FLOOD Manager and a Microsoft Word document.

Certificates are then created using waterRIDE™ FLOOD Viewer/Manager licenses with Viewer providing an ideal means of distibuting the capability to create (but not edit) certificates across an organisation.

Further information on the above products can be found on the “products” page.