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FloodWorks v8.5 delivers more effective flood forecast management

Wallingford Software announces today the release of FloodWorks v8.5, the leading real time flood forecasting and warning software solution. A modular software package, FloodWorks is used extensively for the real-time simulation and forecasting of extreme hydrological and hydraulic conditions within river basins, drainage systems and the coastal zone.

With version 8.5 Wallingford Software has overhauled the software's user interface, improving usability and thereby enabling more effective flood forecast management.

FloodWorks 8.5 features a much-improved graphical user interface for the FloodWorks Event Manager. "This will improve ease and efficiency of use, extend the ability of individual users to customise their own displays and enhance the visibility of the forecast results", says Product Manager, Tyrone Parkinson.

Significant improvements have been made to both the user graphs and map graphs to provide more flexibility to control the number of traces on each graph, the line colour and style used by each graph, range limits and the display of event thresholds. These improvements can be utilized both in FloodWorks Configuration Manager, when setting up default graphs for all users, or by individual users working on an operational system via FloodWorks Event Manager.

Once a particular user has configured their preferred arrangement and map styles, tables and graphs, these can now be saved as Workspaces that can be instantly re-opened, without having to repeat the customization process.

A further development relates to 'site' functionality, which has now been extended to include both polylines and polygons. In previous versions of FloodWorks, sites (and any events or alarms raised at a site) were only associated with points. This was highly appropriate for individual locations, such as defence low spots or individual gauge locations but insufficiently accurate when used to identify critical conditions either along a reach of watercourse or within a sub-catchment or floodplain area. "The inclusion of polylines and polygons as options for defining a site now allows users to represent reaches and areas more clearly", believes Tyrone Parkinson. "These points, lines and polygons can now also be colour coded according to either the current Event or Status Object condition."

Since its launch in 2000 FloodWorks has become recognised as the most advanced real time flood forecasting application in the world with users across the world, particularly in Europe and South East Asia.

About Wallingford Software

Wallingford Software develops leading water resource management software for the worldwide water industry. Recognised for its technical superiority and unrivalled capability, our software is the software of choice for many leading water engineering consultancies, utilities and government bodies throughout the world.

Wallingford Software is the only supplier of water resource software in the world to offer integrated solutions to support planning and operations across the disciplines of water supply, wastewater and river and coastal management. Our product design philosophy means that our solutions are functionally rich and incorporate as standard many applications and features that our competitors consider as optional add-ons.

Based in the United Kingdom, Wallingford Software has offices in the United States, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China and Australia, and a network of approved distributors throughout Europe, Asia and South America to provide sales and support services to Wallingford Software customers worldwide. Wallingford Software is the software products and systems company within the HR Wallingford Group.

For more information telephone 01491 824777 or visit www.wallingfordsoftware.com.

For further information please email Wallingford Software

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