Belgium region to improve flood forecasting with modular software package

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BROOMFIELD, CO, March 18, 2014 -- As part of its flood control and mitigation systems, the Flemish Environment Agency (VMM), Belgium, recently selected a new modular software package to provide real-time simulation and forecasting of future hydrological and hydraulic conditions. 

Provided by Innovyze, a global provider of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, FloodWorks serves as a powerful and effective flood risk management tool that will help VMM better predict river levels, issue early warnings and minimize the economic impact of flood events.

Because of the increase in hardened surface area in Flanders and the possible consequences of climate change, more frequent and more extreme floods may occur. Further, more construction is taking place in the natural flood plains, increasing the potential for damage from flooding.

FloodWorks is designed for operational use in the control room and links varied live data sources with a wide range of models to provide detailed and accurate forecasts of water levels, flood depths, flows, velocities, water quality parameters, and sea states. When configured with the 1D/2D simulation engine in Innovyze's InfoWorks RS, it also provides flood forecasting for river systems, channels and flood plains.

Accordingly, the comprehensive modeling solution combines integrated rainfall-runoff, hydraulic, water quality, conveyance, dam breach, and logical control modules with real-time hydrological and meteorological time-series data to forecast water levels, flood depths and sea states for hours or days ahead.

The product's operational management user interface, FloodWorks Event Manager, combines ease-of-use with powerful capabilities for visualizing and reporting forecast results. When an event trigger threshold is reached, the FloodWorks Server issues an alert. This alert and its severity level are clearly shown on the map display in the FloodWorks Event Manager.

Alerts can be simultaneously issued by e-mail or SMS to ensure that the latest information is distributed to key personnel as quickly as possible. In addition, FloodWorks Web Publisher and Web Server components allow server output to be published in Web-compatible formats for instant access on either public or intranet websites.

About Innovyze

Innovyze is a global provider of wet infrastructure business analytics software solutions designed to meet the technological needs of water and wastewater utilities, government industries, and engineering organizations worldwide. Its clients include the majority of the largest UK, Australasia and North American cities, foremost utilities on all five continents, and ENR top-rated design firms. For more information, visit www.innovyze.com.

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