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Jacobs wins $10m contract to design flood risk assessment contract for England

US-headquartered global professional services consultancy Jacobs has been selected  to design, develop and implement the National Flood Risk Assessment 2 (NaFRA2) for England.

Commissioned by the national Environment Agency, he pioneering cloud computing system will help create a step-change in the quality and scope of England’s national flood risk information.

Together with JBA Consulting and a small group of industry and academic experts, Jacobs will combine its industry-leading flood modelling experience with web technologies and cloud computing to develop a system that underpins national-scale flood analysis in England.

The Environment Agency estimates the four-year contract value at $10 million.

“We believe this will be the world’s first cloud-based, interactive national flood risk assessment system combining local and national flood modeling for rivers, sea and surface water,” said Jacobs People & Places Solutions Senior Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa Donald Morrison. “Once operational it will enable the Environment Agency to manage flood risk in England more effectively and efficiently.”

NaFRA2 will be designed to store, process and manipulate input data, and manage the production of outputs. The project includes substantial national-scale flood modeling, spanning scenarios for different flood defence states, breaching, blockage and climate change.

These will help the Environment Agency produce a comprehensive picture of risk and uncertainty, including core public national flood risk information and data to support flood incidents.

“We are thinking and acting differently on this challenging and groundbreaking project,” said Environment Agency National Director of Operations and Project Sponsor Steve Moore. “Our work with Jacobs will help to identify and alleviate the risk of flooding that currently affects more than 5.2 million properties in England.”

With $13 billion in revenue and a 55,000-plus worldwide workforce,  Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.

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