TUFLOW Products History

The Future: We will continue to expand the capabilities and usability of our products, according to the needs of users.

2011: TUFLOW’s 1D solution (ESTRY) is dynamically linked with Halcrow Software’s ISIS 1D solution so that TUFLOW’s excellent capabilities in pipe network and manhole modelling can be linked to ISIS 1D river models.

2011: TUFLOW FV is launched as a commercial product.

2010: TUFLOW is approved by the USA Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA).

2010: UK EA purchase a large TUFLOW network licence via our partners Halcrow Software.

2010: TUFLOW and TUFLOW FV successfully benchmarked by the UK Environment Agency (EA). UK EA survey shows that TUFLOW is the preferred 2D flood modelling software in the UK.

2008: Development of TUFLOW FV commences through a research effort by Dr Ian Teakle, driven by a need to upgrade our existing coastal modelling software capabilities and a desire to use flexible mesh modelling techniques. TUFLOW FV is benchmarked by staff at The University of Queensland.

2008: miTools launched as a commercial product by BMT WBM to greatly enhance TUFLOW modelling within the MapInfo GIS.

2007 to 2010: TUFLOW’s 1D solution (ESTRY) greatly enhanced to simulate large pipe networks linked to 2D overland flows. Major studies completed in Sydney and Melbourne.

2006: Aquaveo (formerly EMS-I) develops and launches a customised GUI for TUFLOW. Today, the SMS TUFLOW Interface is used by TUFLOW users throughout the world.

2004 to 2006: XP-Software and WBM link the XPSWMM 1D engine with TUFLOW’s 2D solution, and XP2D is launched as a commercial product. Today, XP2D has been sold worldwide to hundreds of organisations, and was given national FEMA approval in the USA for flood mapping in 2010.

2004: TUFLOW successfully benchmarked for the Thames Storm Tide Inundation Study as the preferred 2D solution. The Halcrow 1D river modelling software ISIS is dynamically linked with TUFLOW’s 2D solution.

2001 to date: TUFLOW popularity and usage progressively grows. With growth comes additional features and improvements to usability, largely driven from TUFLOW users worldwide. Today, TUFLOW is an established and internationally recognised 2D/1D hydrodynamic computational engine. It is the dominant and most popular 2D flood modelling software in the UK and Australia and has been sold in 16 countries. Notably, the rapid spread of TUFLOW was not driven by any marketing push, but by recommendations from users.

2001: WBM Pty Ltd decide to make TUFLOW commercially available, with the first sale made to the UK.

1997 to 2001: TUFLOW makes inroads into flood management studies across Australia, providing state of the art modelling capabilities that pioneer the shift from 1D to 2D flood modelling.

1997: After a detailed review of the suitability of available 2D software for flood modelling, WBM Pty Ltd decides to enhance TUFLOW to handle the rigors of flood flows over dry land, flow over embankments, 2D hydraulic structures and more advanced 1D/2D linking. The effort is immediately rewarded, with TUFLOW applied to several high profile flood investigations in Queensland, Australia.

1991 to 1997: TUFLOW is used extensively by WBM Pty Ltd as its primary 1D/2D modelling software for estuarine and coastal studies, and the occasional flood study.

1989: TUFLOW is developed from a joint research and development project between WBM Pty Ltd and The University of Queensland. The project's objective was to develop a 2D modelling system with dynamic links to a 1D solution. The outcome of the R&D exercise was the development of a new 2D code based on the work of Stelling, 1984 with one of the first successful linkages with a 1D scheme.