The waterRIDE™ environment provides the emergency manager with a host of tools to assist in managing a flood emergency, both during an event and in a planning context.
The tools are designed to make necessary flooding and hydraulic information readily available to the flood emergency manager, in an easy to use interface. This ensures that the manager has a system that they can rely on during the high pressure situation of managing a flood emergency.
The unique ability of waterRIDE™ to integrate time varying model results in a purpose built GIS environment provides the flood emergency manager with crucial time based information (such as time available to evacuate), a capability not found in conventional GIS packages.
From real-time flood forecasting, to emergency management planning, scenario analysis, and “mock” floods, waterRIDE™ is an invaluable tool for flood emergency managers.
It allows government agencies to leverage their investment in, and to get more value from their floodplain modelling results, regardless of the model type used. For example, models currently supported include (both 1D and 2D): TUFLOW, TUFLOW FV, MIKE11/21/FLOOD/SHE, RMA2, InfoWorks RS, Isis 2D, SOBEK, DELFT 3D, FLS, time-varying ASCII grid output, HEC-RAS, XP-STORM, EXTRAN (XP-SWMM), DRAINS overland flow, ESTRY, ANUGA, ICPR and even hard copy results.
Some of the capability available in waterRIDE™ that is applicable to Emergency Managers includes:
Time-based Queries – provide a firm understanding of evacuation issues by deriving time based information such as time available for evacuation (time to inundation), duration of inundation, and rates of rise.
Parameter Queries – identify areas where, for example, velocity and depth exceed safe wading criteria, at any point in time
Evacuation Planning- interactive animation of your model results in a live GIS environment allows you to visualise and interrogate how the flood develops over time, providing essential information for evacuation phasing and planning.
Flood Forecasting – rapidly interpolate a predicted peak flood surface from a predicted level at a gauge (or multiple gauges). This allows you to see what a flood prediction will look like, providing valuable information such as: Indicative flood extent; Evacuation route closure; Flood affected properties; Impact on critical infrastructure, etc
Multiple Gauge Forecasting – derive a predicted flood surface from multiple gauges. The flood surface is warped to account for differing degrees of flooding in various parts of the catchment (eg 1 in 67 year in one part and 1 in 134 in another)
GIS Integration – automatically integrate GIS datasets with the model results to show derived information such as depth above evacuation routes, depths above critical infrastructure, or time to evacuation route closure.
Flood Extents – extract GIS flood extents for rapid determination of properties at risk during a flood event.
Property Photos – integrate flood levels with scaled property photos to provide a realistic representation of flooding at an individual property and greatly enhance community flood awareness and understanding
Rate of Rise – interrogate the rate of rise at any location in the model
Community Education – the highly visual nature of waterRIDE™ facilitates understanding of flooding issues by all members of the community