CH2Mers take Atlanta by storm to share best practices and the latest technologies in flood risk modeling and more, at this year’s Association of State Floodplain Managers’ Annual Conference, being held May 31-June 5.

By: Richard Crowder, CH2M Water and Environmental Management Services Lead for UK Environment Agency

Richard will be presenting his paper, “The Next Generation of Flood Risk Modeling—providing the confidence and assurance to make robust local decisions,” on Tuesday, June 2, at 10:30 a.m., as well as his paper, “Automated Hydrological and Hydraulic (2D and 1D-2D) Model Construction, Model Running and Flood Map Production,” on Thursday, June 4, at 4 p.m.

See where else CH2Mers will be sharing their flood management thought leadership. Stop by to see us in booth #304.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) is hosting its Annual National Conference this week in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference, one of the most important floodplain conferences in the United States, brings together community, state and federal floodplain managers to learn the latest technologies available to mitigate and manage flood events.

I am looking forward to presenting on several key topics, including constructing automated hydrological and hydraulic models, running models and producing flood maps. Automating the processes significantly reduces project costs and provides the opportunity to increase the quality, detail, scale, consistency and complexity of modeling studies that can be undertaken. In addition, adopting automation techniques enables modelers to focus their technical expertise on problem solving, result interpretation, data analytics and solution development, rather than spending their time on routine and repetitive data processing and data synthesis.

Additionally, I will share insight on the next generation of flood risk modeling. Technology, data and the next generation of flood risk modelling tools are rapidly changing the way we undertake flood risk modelling. Engineers, planners and decision makers have access to more information—the kind of information needed to make robust decisions to protect people and property.

The foundations of flood risk analysis date back more than 2000 years, and many of the underlying physics have been sufficiently understood for more than 200 years; however it has only been approximately 20 years since we first become reliant on flood modeling software. Over the last two decades, many of the software packages we use today have evolved through “enhancements” and “add-ons”; nevertheless the pace of development has not always kept up with changes in technology, data quality and availability, or the expectations of end users – especially those of the latest generation of modelers!

In April, CH2M launched its new Flood Modeller Pro 4.0 modeling software tool, which included new capabilities and features. Flood Modeller FREE, a freely available version of the software, is also available and uses established numerical solvers to create an adaptable modeling strategy (delivering the appropriate level of detail); use high and low resolution data and web mapping services to make best use of available data; and more. Our team will be demoing the software, so be sure to stop by our booth #304 to check it out!

Richard is central to CH2M’s flood risk management business, both in the UK and overseas.  A project director and client manager with more than 20 years’ experience, he demonstrates a real passion for delivering innovative solutions for our clients and taking on their most challenging projects. Richard currently leads our water and environmental management services for the Environment Agency (England), a major and valued client in the UK. He also manages flood risk services for private sector clients, notably some of the Fortune 500 insurance companies. Richard is business development director for our successful and highly regarded Flood Modeller software suite.

Richard’s career is founded on a strong academic background with a keen interest in research. He has a first class degree in civil and structural engineering degree and a PhD in computational hydraulics. During his early career, he gained valuable experience on projects funded by the European Commission at Delft Hydraulics in the Netherlands and flood and water quality projects for private sector clients.

As an authority on flood risk management, Richard represents us on a number of regional and national committees in the UK. In these roles, he promotes water and environmental management and provides support to young professionals. He is also a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager.