Overwhelming response to Floodscreen

This is a really cool tool that will help you visualise where flooding has occurred in you area – and its FREE. It’s so simple to use that in a matter of minutes you can find out how safe your home is, or the risk associated with that new development!

BWB has today launched a free interactive flood mapping tool based on open data which has been developed in-house by our GIS and flood risk teams. The online tool shows the areas of the UK that are most at risk from flooding, using recently released open data from the Environment Agency (EA).

The project follows last year’s announcement by Defra’s Secretary of State, Elizabeth Truss MP, that over 8,000 datasets from the department and its arms-length bodies would be made available as Open Data – data anyone can access, use and share, under the Open Government Licence. Defra’s initial drive to publish was to kick-start an internal data revolution which would see data that could be used by Defra’s customers, including businesses, charities and partners in the public sector, made available for them with minimal restriction.

Within BWB we have been working with many of the datasets which have become available to see how we can use the data to improve our products and services to our clients as well as business efficiencies. As a business one of our main areas of interest and expertise is evaluating the potential impact of the built environment to the risk of flooding. Naturally, the datasets released by the EA relating to the risks of flooding have been a particular focus for some of our teams. As a result, today I am very happy to announce the public launch of our FloodScreen Online Flood Mapping Tool.

This free web-based tool pulls together our love of open source, Geospatial and Open Data to show information provided by the EA for:

  • Flood Zones for Planning (on by default),
  • Risk of Flooding from Rivers & Seas
  • Recorded Flood Outlines

From the outset we wanted FloodScreen to be a tool which is not only free to everyone, but is also user-friendly and able to adapt as we add more information. To remove the cost barrier, we built FloodScreen entirely on open source Geographic Information System (GIS) software, which is able to quickly load numerous and complex national datasets. In addition, whilst this information is available through the Environment Agency’s own What's in Your Back Yard (WIYBY) Tool, we are hoping that being able to show multiple datasets simultaneously (in WIYBY you have to log in to different maps), along with an updated look and feel will be easier for users.

If like me you don’t know your fluvial from your pluvial or what each flood zone means for you, be sure to check out this knowledge page, or for more specific flood risk advice get in touch through our website. We intend to add further data to FloodScreen as we go along. However, in the meantime please do give us your feedback on what information is important to you and follow us on Twitter @floodscreen for more updates on all things geospatial, big & open data.

Iwan Lloyd (@itsiwanlloyd)
Head of Technology Development
Taken from www.bwbconsulting.com