Comprehensive flood risk analysis at your fingertips
The Global Flood Risk Tool (GFRT) is Royal HaskoningDHV’s cloud-based platform that delivers accurate and comprehensible flood risk analysis and recommends investment proposals to reduce risk on losing lives and economic damages. The tool combines supercomputer power and parallel computing performance with visually attractive user interface for non-experts to visualize the impact that is continuously posed by floods worldwide. It forms a basis to build more resilience through targeted adaptation strategies for regions, cities, (air)ports and industrial sites.
The GFRT conducts a thorough flood risk assessment and delivers a set of customized solutions if the identified flood risk is considered significant. The output is generated instantly and provides a set of tailor-made flood risk reduction strategies formulated in close contact with the stakeholder. A comparison between the costs of the flood risk reduction measures and the monetized flood risk reduction benefits builds a strong business case for public and private decision-making. It has been extensively tested and successfully applied in many international projects. and is set up in such a way that it can easily connect to, integrate or exchange with other services, tools and models. The tool combines expert knowledge in climate change and adaptation, flood risk, civil engineering, environmental economics, software development, data science and machine learning.
- Interactive, visually attractive, geospatially distributed flood risk, and understandable user interface for non-experts.
- Enables informed decision-making for increasing flood resilience and business case modelling.
- A cloud-based platform with supercomputer power and parallel computing performance to enable fast calculation times within a minute.
- Output is generated instantly: has been used to stimulate stakeholder dialogue during real-life sessions.
Clients already using the tool are:
- Port authorities
- Government real estate agencies
- Private industrial clients
- Dutch water authorities
- International financial institutes
- Local governments.
FLOOD RISK ASSESSMENT IN 5 STEPS
The Global Flood Risk Tool conducts a thorough flood risk assessment through a 5-steps approach and delivers a set of customized flood risk reduction strategies for your region, city, (air)port or industrial site. All steps are interlinked which means that when any parameter is changed the whole assessment is updated.
These five steps operate independently from each other, making the tool applicable for a wider audience and facilitating the use of external data such as:
- Detailed hydraulic model results
- Costs data bases
- Various scenarios for development and measures
Want to know more about the five steps and how the Global Flood Risk Tool works?
Download our whitepaper:
‘Ensuring business resilience with the Global Flood Risk Tool’
Comprehensive flood risk analysis at your fingertips through cloud-computing
In the further development of the tool we are making more and more use of data science, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Data science could for instance automate the allocation of damage functions, economic land values and investments costs from a database that is filled with values based on earlier projects and literature.
AI and machine learning are being used to further improve the identification of vulnerable assets through satellite image recognition. There is often little information available when it comes to identified objects, especially in less developed areas. Manually adding all the missing data is costly and time consuming. By combining AI and the available computing power in the cloud, the tool can automate this process and therefore generate a faster and more accurate result. This would also be particularly valuable to emergency aid organizations during natural disasters to obtain a rapid damage assessment of e.g. roads, rail, residential and public buildings, critical infrastructure, industries, etc. These developments will lead to a better understanding about the impact of floods.