FEWS news: issue 3, 2017




Dutch users discuss Data Innovation

The 11th Dutch user meeting for the Dutch Delft-FEWS users was organised as part of the Dutch Software Days at Deltares. The focus of this year was on data innovation.  With more than 60 participants – including the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Dutch water authorities, consultants and knowledge institutes – the various organisations in the Dutch water sector were well represented.

The program started in the morning with inspiring presentations about the exchange of data in a standardised and reliable manner – the project Digital Delta. Furthermore, how to handle satellite data in a near real-time situation. New measuring instruments like the "Multiflexmeter" and "eNose" (air quality) were demonstrated. The yearly recurring subject of the new developments of Delft-FEWS was of course also part of the program. This year the presentation included - next to the new features of the latest releases - our plans to prepare the software for the future. Topics in these future plans are cloud scaling, data-integration and exchange and storage.

In the afternoon there were breakout sessions with a Serious Gaming practice for Dutch water authorities during a heavy rainfall calamity. A very educational experience according to the participants! There was also the opportunity to get acquainted with a broader application of Delft-FEWS like the use in water quality issues and the coupling with D-Flow Flexible Mesh, Deltares' new software for hydraulic simulations. The new functionality to analyse extreme precipitation, developed for the water authority De Dommel, was received with great enthusiasm. This development will also be available via the Delft-FEWS wiki.

We look back at a very successful user meeting, with not only knowledge being exchanged, but also new contacts were build and others revived. All presentations are available on the Delft-FEWS portal and will also be published on the DSD-website. Next year the Dutch Delft-FEWS users will meet again on Tuesday the 5th of June 2018.