What is Flood-Con?

Flood-Con is a patented automated flood control structure

Intelligent Storm Water Control

Flood-Con is a patented automated flood control structure that treats urban storm water runoff by replicating natural hydrology for the duration of a real time storm event. Instead of fixed opening control structures, reservoir routing and hypothetical storm events used in today's methods, Flood-Con consists of a series of movable gates that open and close allowing the ability to achieve a specific rate of discharge for any given time during and after the rain event.

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Industry Leader

No other structure in the industry can replicate pre-developed hydrology for actual real time storms since they have no way of knowing how much it's actually raining. Their discharge is directly proportional to the depth of water in the pond. Flood-Con provides an improved representation of natural flow patterns and pre-developed conditions for any and all real storm events.

The Flood-Con Advantage

Flood-Con includes a Web App to provide real-time information such as current rainfall amount, current pond depth, current water discharge rates, and turbidity monitoring. Our Web App can also provide real-time monitoring for many other water quality pollutants including oil and grease, heavy metals, and nutrients. All information is logged for historical reporting and analysis before, during, and after a storm event.

Environment Friendly

Storm water runoff in urban and developing areas is one of the leading sources of flooding and water pollution in the United States. Control structures are designed to discharge storm water back into the existing receiving stream or storm sewer at flow rates equal to the natural (pre-developed) peak flow rate for a specific design storm.

Flood-Con collects and logs real-time rainfall while constantly monitoring pond depth. This allows Flood-Con to effectively hold back any volume of storm water runoff for the duration of the storm.

Product Information

75

Less Runoff

80

Lower Peak Flows

30

Decrease in Flood Waters

100

Environmentally Friendly

Based on a 25-year 1-hour storm and mitigating 20% of the overall basin

Today's Control Structure

Current practices used in controlling storm water is the implementation of detention. Detention typically consists of a depression, or pond, and a control structure. Control structures are designed to discharge storm water back into the existing receiving stream or storm sewer at flow rates equal to the natural peak flow rate for a specific design storm. The problem with today's control structures are:

  • Not designed for real (actual) storm events
  • Delays peak time causing downstream flooding and erosion
  • Rates of discharge are caused by pond depth, making it impossible to replicate natural, pre-developed, hydrology
  • Allow smaller storms to pass through uncontrolled
  • Do not provide adequate water quality​​

Flood-Con Provides

  • Collecting and logging real time rainfall with a tipping bucket rain gauge
  • Providing a web app for instant access to view real time sensor readings and more during every storm event
  • Can hold back any volume of storm water runoff
  • Emulates pre-developed flow rates for the entirety of the storm
  • Matches pre-developed peak flow time even for multiple storm peaks
  • Solar power battery backup for uninterrupted data collection during a storm

Projects

ALDOT Northern Beltline

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Initial Prototype Testing



Products

Patented
Automated Flood
Control

The FC Series control structures restore the natural environment without compromising the desired footprint of the development. Our patented automated device controls storm water runoff by replicating natural (pre-developed) hydrology for the duration of a storm in real-time, and does not require additional pond volume or a flow sensor. The FC Series control structures provide intelligent stormwater control. They consist of a series of movable barriers that open and close as required to achieve a specific rate of discharge for any given time during and after the storm. Our products are 100% solar powered with battery backup.

Real Time
Precipitation
Monitoring

Flood-Con provides automated precipitation monitoring and a customized real time Web application with email and SMS text message notification capabilities. Real time precipitation monitoring includes rainfall intensity, total rainfall depth, forecasting, frequency of storm event, water depth, estimated flow rate, alert of upset event and more.

Alerts can be customized per Flood-Con site to notify key personnel during a rain event when rainfall or pond depth hits a specified level.

Real Time
Turbidity
Monitoring

Flood-Con provides real time turbidity monitoring through our online Web application so our customers are always aware of the quality of stormwater being released from the development. Also, when paired with our automated flood control structure the customer has the option to remotely manage the discharge of stormwater or allow the flood control device to discharge only when turbidity levels are below the minimum limit during and after the storm event eliminating the need of onsite personnel during rain events.

Turbidity alerts can be customized for each Flood-Con site and sent to key personnel when specific thresholds are surpassed, allowing actions to be taken accordingly.

Flood-Con is composed of the following components

  • Electronic tipping buck rain gauge
  • Ultrasonic sensor to measure incremental depth change of the water surface in the pond
  • Computer software program reading depth and rain gauge data to compute the pre-developed flow rates for each increment of time during the storm
  • Program is built on an open source micro-controller platform that processes readings from environmental sensors to mechanically control the rate of flow through the control structure
  • Series of gates that open and close in order to discharge a flow rate equal to the pre-developed flow rate throughout the storm event
  • Gates are made of high density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Solar power backup system for sustainability

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Patent no. US 9,400,085 B2