Check out this recent article on Aquanty’s work in agricultural landscapes:
Virtual reality isn’t all fun and games. It’s also helping with flood mitigation.
“We’ve built this tool that can characterize the risks around flooding and the influence that good management practices within the agricultural landscape can have on flood resiliency downstream,” said Steven Frey, a senior scientist at Aquanty Inc.
The company, a research spinoff from the University of Waterloo specializing in computer simulations, has been conducting a computer modelling project on Manitoba’s Assiniboine River Basin.
“It becomes a kind of virtual reality tool that we can play with and run these ‘what if’ scenarios.”
Like Alberta, Manitoba — and in particular, the Assiniboine River Basin — has experienced catastrophic flooding in the past decade. In 2011, the area experienced a one-in-300-year flood that stretched from late April to the end of June, costing more than $1 billion in property damage. Just three years later, heavy rainfall in June sparked a second flood that was just as devastating.
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