Software firm Kisters and private European weather organisation MeteoGroup have announced the addition of water environment specialist DHI Group as a third partner in the HydroMaster partnership. As a leading global research and engineering company, DHI develops and implements solutions that meet real-life challenges in water environments worldwide.
Commenting on the partnership, Antoine Labrosse, CEO at DHI, said, “HydroMaster is a great platform to democratize DHI’s advanced hydrological modelling and flood forecasting services. The combination of world-leading meteorology, IT, as well as hydraulic expertise and technology, makes for a great product – one that will undoubtedly empower people, businesses and authorities to better prepare and react to flash flood events.”
HydroMaster is a professional cloud service designed to support customers in limiting the impact of rain and flood events on operations, assets and infrastructure. The product was developed in response to the growing number of extreme precipitation events caused by increased urbanisation, population growth and climate change.
With HydroMaster’s live web service, customers can view, analyse and archive historical, current and upcoming precipitation events. Clients include local authorities, infrastructure owners, utility companies, and cities and municipalities.
One such client, East Sussex County Council’s Flood Risk Management Team in the UK, started using HydroMaster in 2017. The team was looking for a service that fulfilled two very distinct criteria: be a reliable source of rainfall data as well as a reliable weather alert service.
Nick Claxton, team manager, Flood Risk Management at East Sussex County Council, said, “HydroMaster has a remarkably easy user interface and offers a high-quality weather forecasting service. We are at an early stage and are refining the warning settings to reflect particular local conditions and embed it within service delivery.”
Klaus Kisters, CEO at Kisters, added, “HydroMaster is ideal for water utility and supply companies in need of advanced precipitation warnings. For example, heavy or prolonged periods of rain or extreme cloud bursts can be predicted before the event. This allows mitigation of serious problems such as overflows and the wash-off of pollutants, enabling specific treatment of the water before supplying it to clients. It is really useful for you to draw on your area of interest and define your own thresholds in HydroMaster. The web portal then shows you individual forecasts, visualisation and alarm status of your specific areas of interest – your own assets, catchments, etc.” - April 2018