FEWS news 2018, issue 3, News from the community


German speaking Delft-FEWS users meet on the 3rd regional Anwendertreffen, in Aachen, Germany


The 3rd edition of the ‘Anwendertreffen’ for German speaking Delft-FEWS users, was organized by Hydrotec on 28th of June, in Aachen, Germany. Participants from 8 different organizations represented a wide array of FEWS applications, ranging from flood and low-flow forecasting systems in the mountains of Austria, to regional region forecasting centers in Germany, to national forecasting centers for rivers and coasts. Participants were happy to learn from each other and to join in the plenary discussions that were triggered by the nice mix of presentations (more details below). Participants then got to know each other better at night, over dinner and in a student pub in the ancient heart of Aachen.

Discussions during the Delft-FEWS Anwendertreffen

The Anwendertreffen program started with a warm welcome by Oliver Buchholz (Hydrotec), followed by presentations on the Delft-FEWS by Deltares’ Marcel Ververs (Roadmaps) and Maarten Smoorenburg (New Features). Then three FEWS applications were presented in detail: Karina Stockman present the recently build system of the Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), Maik Ulrich presented how the Landestalsperrenverwaltung Sachsen (LTV) their system on a daily basis, Daniel Heinenberg of the Wupperverband (WV) presented how they distribute information generated by FEWS through their Hochwasserportal website. The program ended with Hydrotec presenting their use of the PI-web service (Vladislav Larichev) and their exploration on the use of manual data assimilation with NASIM. Presentations are available on the Hydrotec website.

 A group of 8 participants also joined the ‘FEWS hands-on’ workshop the following day, with experts from Deltares and Hydrotec showing some recent features and how to get more out of some of Delft-FEWS core functionalities. Of special interest during the vivid discussions were the Open Archive for reanalyzing flood events and long-term archiving, the Water-Coach for training the forecasters under simulated event conditions, the effective use of performance indicators, and how to automatically generate and distribute warning messages.

For us, Hydrotec and Deltares hosts, it was good to learn more on how Delft FEWS is used by various clients and helps there to make the work of end-users better and more efficient. With several new faces, we could also see how the user community is growing, and that people know how to find each other better and better.

Karina Stockman (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie): “Over the first year that we have used Delft-FEWS operationally, we were very happy to see it running stably and already helped us to save much making our forecast; in summer the workload was dropped from 30 to 5 minutes per forecast, and we make 4 forecasts a day!”

The inspired participants left Aachen expressing their intention to meet again next year.


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