Flood App Development (16/12b)

(NB ImageCat is offering one placement for either 16/12a or 16/12b – depending on the student selected.)

Company: ImageCat Ltd

Location: City of London. Supervised by Dr John Bevington.


ImageCat Ltd is an independent disaster risk management consulting firm. As a leading provider of risk and disaster management technologies, ImageCat is highly regarded for cutting-edge products, services, and R&D activities, supporting decision making at all phases of the disaster management cycle. The UK office has particular focus of providing downstream geospatial products, data and services to clients in the insurance and disaster risk management sectors, including organisations in the Lloyd’s Market, reinsurance brokers and the World Bank.


This placement will be focused on developing a mobile app for the public consumption of real-time flood data. The app will build on an existing product which allows users to see the unfolding picture of current flood events in the UK. This product will be launched in early 2016 and will allow users to view the unfolding flood event and its forecast progression – both spatially and in intensity. Users can estimate current or forecast impact from the flood and define user alerts based on the severity of flooding predicted by the tool. The tool will eventually become a worldwide portal for improving real-time understanding of unfolding flood risk.

The applicant needs to have a good grounding in computer science and have previous experience in app development. The app should be developed for use on mobile operating systems. Good technical communication skills for dealing with ImageCat and a project partner’s software developers (in person and remotely) is required. Knowledge of spatial data and APIs would be beneficial.

Student Specification:

  • A numerate, scientific and/or computing degree
  • Multi-platform application development skills are required
  • Understanding of spatial data is preferred

The Nitty Gritty:

Start of July. (Induction Day will be at Harwell on 27 June.) £1,250 pcm.

Applications for this opportunity are now closed.

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