Atkins Upgrades FloodMap Desktop
Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, has released the newest version of its FloodMap Desktop (FMD) software system for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood hazard mapping.
FMD is the first and only publicly available software tool that supports FEMA’s Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program, which provides essential data to communities to raise awareness of flood hazards and aid in reducing risk to life and property.
Part of Atkins’ FloodMap suite of software products, FMD offers new map-making tools, improved data processing capabilities, and updated templates and databases. Both homeowners wishing to assess their personal flood risk and organizations that develop Risk MAP products for FEMA benefit from FMD’s public domain tools. Third-party add-ons and internet connection are not required to use the software.
“Whether you have been adversely affected by recent incidents or simply witnessed them from news reports, flood risk is top of mind for many communities,” said Thomas Schweitzer, senior project director, Atkins. “Our latest version of FMD allows users to develop and share critical flood map data more easily and efficiently, which will help further FEMA’s awareness efforts for their Risk Map program.”
New features and improvements introduced in FMD include the ability to create Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM) using FEMA’s FIRM Database Technical Reference specifications for 2013 and 2014, as well as to create Flood Risk products for 2013. Enhanced process automation also allows FMD to reduce the user’s learning curve while remaining compliant with federal mapping requirements, helping control costs and improve quality.
A 15-day trial version of FMD, license information and downloading details are available on Atkins’ FloodMap Desktop website at www.floodmapdesktop.com.