Hypernet Labs and FLO-2D are teaming up to make it easier and faster to model urban flooding using FLO-2D with Galileo. Many hydrologic and hydraulic engineers have already begun to use Galileo to speed up HEC-RAS flood models and run them in parallel. Galileo aims to be the universal platform for deploying hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) models to remote machines, and the integration with FLO-2D is an important step in this direction.
FLO-2D, developed by hydraulic engineer Jim O’Brien, distinguishes itself as a superior model for understanding shallow urban flooding. The largest projects undertaken by O’Brien have been urban models, and primary support for FLO-2D comes from the flood control district of Maricopa County which has used the model on their own urban flood hazard delineation projects, including a FEMA project. The software is currently used in 33 countries, and O’Brien has offered short courses all over the world.
“If they do it on Galileo, they could submit all of the model runs together on a Friday night and come back on Monday morning, and they’re all done,” says Jim O’Brien.