InfoWorks ICM Options for Better Catchment Modeling
InfoWorks ICM's additional options extend the capabilities of this advanced integrated catchment modeling software.
If you need help choosing an option, just get in touch. Scroll down for a brief description of each.
InfoWorks ICM Suite package gives you ICM RiskMaster; ICM TSDB (Time Series Database); and InfoWorks PDM (Probability Distributed Moisture Model). You can also add ICMExchange and InfoWorks ICM Viewer.
InfoWorks ICM RiskMaster is a risk-based analysis extension for InfoWorks ICM. It computes both the damage caused by specific flood events, and expected annual flood damage. Its calculations are based on the hydraulic, hydrologic and economic data for any number of simulated damage receptors including residential, commercial and industrial properties.
Powerful predictive analysis capabilities provide InfoWorks ICM users with both a quantification of the current flood risk associated with their collection systems and a long-term planning framework for making the most effective decisions on flood risk management and alleviation strategies.
Traditionally, flood management policies have been based on the design standard approach, where policy makers decide on an appropriate protection level to be achieved (degree-of-protection) in designing and managing their collection systems. In contrast, flood management policies based on risk focus on the consequences of flood events and the best alleviation measures over a given time period.
RiskMaster combines the inundation results of multiple events with a database of receptors (properties) and their vulnerability, based on the probability of occurrence. The outcome is an estimate of the economic impact of floods in terms of Expected Annual Damage (EAD) value, and a database of inundation depths ordered by return period, showing the predicted flood recurrence for each receptor. You can display the results in tabular or graphical format. They provide a comprehensive view of the hydraulic system performance and the consequences of flood events.
- Public bodies/national ministries/local governments responsible for flood risk management policy: Quantification of the benefits and costs of flood risk management measures to inform the allocation of investment in flood protection programs
- Authorities responsible for emergency planning: Identify critical areas for flood damage and build post-disaster emergency plans
- Insurance companies: Highly accurate local distribution of insured financial loss derived from flooding events
- National governments: Post-disaster flood damage assessment to evaluate the consequences of a flooding event
- Consultants: Evaluation and assessment of flood risk management strategies. Recommendation of cost-effective alternatives
- Water and drainage utilities: Reduce flood risk from the service of hydraulic infrastructure
ICM TSDB (Time Series Database) provides accurate network performance and operational information from real-time data – so you’re not limited to offline analyses.
It enables engineers and operators to quickly and reliably assess the integrity of the network and respond to potential overflows, flooding and other non-routine events.
With ICM TSDB you can archive, analyze and aggregate data into user-defined actionable information, including real-time and historical data, including 2D rainfall data, radar images and meteorological forecasts. You can then use this data to drive simulations of past and future events for optimal management of integrated catchment systems in InfoWorks ICM.
You’re empowered to detect problems before they become events, and you get you crucial time to react and reduce or eliminate the impacts of these events.
ICM TSDB delivers a powerful combination of 2D rainfall data and time-series data, along with a suite of analytic and visualization tools that monitor the performance and capacity of collection systems. It gives users a comprehensive, real-time view into current system operations, enabling them to make informed, timely decisions.
With ICM TSDB you’ll benefit from:
- Flexible import, storage and export of time-series data including import from existing InfoWorks ICM events
- The import, storage and export of 2D rainfall data on a range of geometries (both Cartesian and Polar) with a variety of source formats
- Capacity for large amounts of data including 2D Radar data at very high resolutions such as the Xband radar (which has 250m resolution)
- Visualization and animation of 2D rainfall data
- Creation, storage and management of user edits of time-series data
- Addition of missing data or deletion/change of invalid data
- Creation of custom overrides of the base data (what-if scenarios)
- Merging of externally-supplied, user-edited and recurrent time series for input to a simulation or comparison with simulation results
- Interpolation of time-series data at various stages in the data flow
- Combination of rain gauge profiles and 2D rainfall profiles for direct simulation, including time-dependent prioritization of sources
- Ability to use non-regular time steps for time-varying data (e.g., inflows, levels)
- Seamless integration with any InfoWorks ICM model
InfoWorks PDM (Probability Distributed Moisture Model)
InfoWorks PDM is a rainfall-runoff model based on probability-distributed moisture stores and translation of runoff and drainage via routing stores. It provides a toolkit of model algorithms (standard, splitting and demand-based) which can be configured and calibrated to suit a wide variety of catchment response forms. It also provides real-time forecasting of flows for any complex river catchments. Model inputs are rainfall and evaporation over the catchment. Output is river flow (or level) at the catchment outlet along with other important parameters including soil moisture deficit and the various flow components (e.g., infiltration excess runoff, inflow to groundwater store, baseflow, fast response surface flow).
A full-featured programmer’s toolkit, InfoWorks ICMExchange enables users to directly import and export InfoWorks ICM data in a variety of formats (e.g. Oracle, SQL, CSV, MIF/MID, Geodatabases, Shapefiles, etc.) as well as interface with the powerful InfoWorks ICM simulation engine to create their own custom solutions. Having access to this tailored functionality right out of the box also streamlines the creation of independent applications and custom interfaces that enable users to view or modify data for evaluation and comparison of various modeling scenarios. Armed with these capabilities, consultants and utilities can adapt the input and output from their InfoWorks ICM models to meet specific project needs in a fully automated process that increases efficiencies. These abilities empower them to work more efficiently and instantly get the reliable information they need to make better design and operational decisions for optimal performance.
ICMExchange can do all the following operations as background tasks:
- Edit, update and query database tree objects
- Create, copy and delete database tree objects
- Create network scenarios
- Commit and validate networks
- Edit network objects
- Carry out simulations
- Query results and extract data
InfoWorks ICM Viewer
InfoWorks ICM Viewer lets you import and view data and results from InfoWorks models. It’s a valuable tool if you use a consultant to build your model, or if you’re involved with auditing models built by others. You won’t be able to amend data or set up new simulations.
With InfoWorks ICM Viewer, everything appears just as it does in InfoWorks, for both static and time varying data and results. It is also possible to import any Map layers (ArcView or MapInfo), so the models appear exactly as they were built. The entire audit trail resulting from the model build process is also preserved. There is no restriction on the size of model or length of simulation results that can be viewed.
It can also re-run any simulations that have previously been run to completion in a full copy of InfoWorks ICM. This means the simulation results don’t need to be included in the .ICMT file, keeping its size down.