A Pre & Post Processor for the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code
EFDC_Explorer was designed with the end user in mind. We knew that EFDC could benefit the scientific community further if it was easier to use, so we created EFDC_Explorer to make the modeling process with EFDC smoother and more efficient. By developing our Graphical User Interface (GUI), we eliminated the need for modelers to spend hundreds of hours on tedious data input and text file editing. Additionally, modelers no longer need an extensive knowledge of programming or a FORTRAN compiler. We have a step-by-step process to building a model, and it is all made easier through EFDC_Explorer.
Before EFDC_Explorer, modelers wanting to create a hydrodynamic model using the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code would need 1-2 years to create, edit, run, and calibrate a model. Now, with EFDC_Explorer input tools, computational efficiency, consistency checks, improved processing speeds, and overall usability improvements, modelers can have a viable complex model in 1-2 months (rather than years!).
Environmental hydrodynamic models are used throughout the world to predict and analyze environmental events, resolve legal disputes, visualize toxic contamination, and provide solutions to intricate scientific problems. Therefore, we hold ourselves to a high standard in the maintenance and support of the software. We have improved our modeling system with faster processing speed, more analysis tools, new sub-models, and bug fixes over the course of the development process. We continue to improve and update with every release to meet the community’s needs.