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06 September 2012

Mott MacDonald creates 3D flood visualisations for the Environment Agency

Mott MacDonald has created three dimensional (3D) animations of possible future flooding in Durham, Grimsby, Whittlesey and the Lower Thames Valley for the Environment Agency of England and Wales. The visualisations will be used to raise public awareness and help facilitate discussions around emergency response planning and future works.

The 3D animations have been created for four separate areas which may experience flooding from different sources, such as rivers, reservoirs, sea and surface water. The animations have been created by combining information gathered by aerial photography, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), GIS mapping and 3D modelling They show the normal water conditions, maximum flood extents for the chosen scenario and an animation of flood progression. Floods are shown in plan view, giving an overall picture, and obliquely, to allow the observer to envisage the reality of the flooding and the effect this would have. Finer detail such as muddy water also adds to the impact.

Sun Yan Evans, Mott MacDonald’s project director comments: “New ways of communicating flood risk to a range of different clients, both internally and externally, is one of the key recommendations put forward following Exercise Watermark, the biggest emergency response exercise ever organised in this country. The visualisations created will be used to communicate flood risks and raise awareness among the public, local authorities and emergency responders. This will enable testing and improving of flood preparations and will allow the Environment Agency to develop formal response plans.”

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