Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface.
Wind, waves and currents shape our coasts. Climate change and rising sea levels add further to this pressure. To enable us to live safely along our shores, we need effective coastal and marine management. Moreover, these coastal processes do not present the only threat. We must also protect ourselves against river and pluvial flooding, while on the other hand we need that water for transport, irrigation, energy, cooling, recreation, environmental protection and as a source of drinking water. Consequently, design and management procedures become more complex and require an integrated approach. In response to this challenge, Deltares has developed a powerful modelling suite called the Delft3D Flexible Mesh Suite, focusing primarily on coastal, estuarine, river, rural and urban environments.
The Delft3D Flexible Mesh Suite (Delft3D FM) is the successor of the structured Delft3D 4 Suite. Like Delft3D 4, the Delft3D FM Suite can simulate storm surges, hurricanes, tsunamis, detailed flows and water levels, waves, sediment transport and morphology, water quality and ecology, and is capable of handling the interactions between these processes. The suite is designed for use by domain experts and non-experts alike, which may range from consultants and engineers or contractors, to regulators and government officials, all of whom are active in one or more of the stages of the design, implementation and management cycle.
Some of the typical key features of Delft3D FM are:
the suite gives direct access to state-of-the-art process knowledge, accumulated and developed at one of the world’s most renowned hydraulic institutes;
the Graphical User Interface (GUI), based on Delta Shell, is one of the most user-friendly in the market:
Central map with spatial editor
Customizable and dockable window views
Connectivity to online data bases
Batch running through Python scripting interfaces
all modules show a high degree of integration and interoperability.