May 10, 2007 – David Patrick and John Simcik attend the Certified Floodplain Management Conference at Rice University.

David Patrick, P.E., C.F.M. and John Simcik, P.E., C.F.M. attended the Certified Floodplain Managers Conference held on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas. The focus of the short courses involved utilizing HEC-RAS in the management of floodplains and its applications to hydrology. The second portion of the short course concentrated on the real time modeling of storm events through the use of Doppler radar. By creating models of floodplains and integrating Doppler radar with in the model, it becomes feasible to review actual drainage flows and patterns of specific storms rather than focusing on peak storm events. In the future it will be possible to project storm patterns utilizing radar and predict, through modeling, future paths of storms and the effects they will have on water conveyances.