LEIE-BOVENSCHELDE RREAL-TIME FLOOD FORECASTING
SYSTEM, BELGIUM (2005-2007)
Location Antwerp, Belgium
Type of Project Real-time flood forecasting, GIS, telemetry, meteorological forecasts, flooding, DSS
Client Waterbouwkundig Laboratorium
Description DHI was commissioned by Waterbouwkundig Laboratorium (WL) of Belgium to
enhance and upgrade an existing hydrological and hydraulic flood model for real-time
forecasting purposes and register the model for use in the IT data management and
forecasting shell used by WL.
The system, which is fully based on DHI Software technology, implements interfaces
to real-time point observations and grid-based hydrological forecasts, all of which is
stored in a UNIX based INFORMIX SERVER. A total of nine hydrological and
hydraulic forecasting engines have been registered for use with the system, and thus
the system is capable of providing accurate flood forecasts throughout Flanders.
The system is capable of producing fully automated forecasts as well as manual or
event driven forecasts depending on the configuration of the system. As such the
system can initiate predefined responses to selected system states and notify stake
holders as required.
Additionally, DHI has provided a design for the future WL flood forecasting IT
system and made technological recommendations.
The services provided by DHI include:
• Interface to point based and grid based real-time data stored in an INFORMIX
• Setup of a hydrological and hydraulic forecast model of Leie and Upper Scheldt,
including estimates of performance and accuracy
• Definition of data alarms and associated system responses
• Design of future forecasting system, with emphasis on IT technology and