3D Flood Forecasting Helps Manage River Flood Risks   

 Florin IvascuAbout the Author: Florin Ivașcu
Florin Ivașcu is the Research and Development Coordinator at Intergraph Computer Services (ICS), a Diamond Partner for Hexagon’s Geospatial Division. Florin has over 16 years of experience in database development and programming, software development, and implementing integrated solutions for Public Safety and Security using various Intergraph (now part of Hexagon) and Hexagon technologies. He is also responsible for planning and coordinating all the development activities for  products and solutions implemented by ICS.

Floods are dangerous and unpredictable. Images of homes ruined by floods and people stranded amid surging waters are familiar to us all, and they’re not a pleasant sight. The key to saving lives and property during a flood is early warning. 

Located in southeast Romania on the left bank of the Danube River, Calarasi County is at an elevated risk of flooding. In the past 10 years, more than 1,000 flood-related emergency events have occurred, and the overall damage caused by floods in the region amounts to millions of euros. Likewise, Polski Trambesh, Bulgaria, is situated near the Yantra River and is prone to flooding. 

The municipalities needed a flood forecasting and early warning system to help them mitigate flood risks or effectively respond to events. Both governments needed a modern system and solutions to predict and prevent floods, equip crisis coordination centers to communicate quickly and easily with local disaster response teams and citizens, and ensure overall disaster resilience in their cross-border area.  

A Revolutionary System

They turned to Intergraph Computer Services in Romania, a Hexagon partner, and leveraged Hexagon’s geospatial technologies to build a solution. In 2019, they implemented the Risk Management IT System for forecasting floods and responding to other crisis events. 

The system has revolutionized disaster planning and emergency response in Romania and Bulgaria. The coordinated risk management activities have proven to be advantageous to about 300,000 citizens, and around 150,000 have benefited from reduced reaction time in emergency situations because authorities are able to leverage harmonized, integrated tools.  

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