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June 02, 2010

Intermap, JBA Consulting Collaborate for Flood Mapping Services in Europe
By Rajani Baburajan
TMCnet Contributor

Geospatial images provide detailed information about the geography of a place. This map data finds applications in a wide array of markets including geographic information system or "GIS," engineering, automotive, GPS maps, insurance risk assessment, oil and gas, hydrology, renewable energy, environmental planning, wireless communications, transportation, aviation, and 3D visualization markets.

Intermap Technologies, a 3D digital mapping and geospatial solutions company, announced a partnership with JBA Consulting, a leading European flood risk and environmental management firm, to provide detailed flood mapping services for clients across Continental Europe.

A leading 3D digital mapping provider, Intermap has proactively remapped entire countries and built uniform national databases, called NEXTMap. It consists of affordably priced elevation data and geometric images of unprecedented accuracy, according to company officials.

The provision of Intermap's NEXTMap Europe digital elevation map data and the digital elevation models Intermap produced for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security or "GMES" allow JBA's risk management division to conduct accurate, current, and consistent cross-border flood assessments throughout Europe, the company said.

Intermap delivers elevation data which enables high-accuracy modeling of different types of flood risk, including river, surface water, sea surge, and reservoir failure. These different types of flood risk are created using JBA's scientifically acclaimed 2D hydraulic modeling JFLOW-GPU software and enable clients to access an unprecedented quality of flood risk management solutions in Europe.

According to Manfred Krischke, Intermap's vice president of risk management, the collaboration with JBA's innovative flood modeling software is a win-win situation for government entities, the insurance industry, and other similar customers.

The ability to assess flood risks across Europe accurately not only helps in the prediction of damage to property and the threat to livelihood but also enables the authorities to guide protection measures that can reduce the terrible impact of catastrophic flooding throughout the region.

'Use of Intermap's NEXTMap dataset gives us the ability to generate flood models that are not compromised by the quality of the underlying digital terrain data,' Jane Toothill, JBA's head of catastrophe analysis, commented. 'This collaboration will allow us to set a new standard for the quality of flood models in Europe and enable our clients to access the information they need to implement improved risk management practice at all scales from single site to multi-national.'

Earlier in March Intermap announced it has signed an agreement valued at $1.2 million to provide a wireless telecommunications company with 3D digital terrain maps for all of Germany and significant portions of surrounding border countries. Read the full report here.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi


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