Denver, Colo. – PBS&J announced the release of a new, no-cost beta version of Flood Map Desktop (FMD), the newest member of its popular suite of regional watershed management software products and solutions. FMD provides FEMA flood mapping partners with all the necessary tools to quickly and efficiently complete their Map Modernization projects. An extension for ESRI’s ArcGIS 9.1 desktop software, FMD resides on the user’s desktop and requires no Internet connection, providing users with the flexibility to manage their own data and processes based on their specific requirements.

The FMD software extension enables users to create FEMA DFIRM paper maps and Standard DFIRM Databases that are compliant with FEMA Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners. FMD includes a robust set of GIS data and cartographic mapping tools that were developed based on the many years of knowledge and experience PBS&J gained by supporting hundreds of DFIRM projects and producing thousands of DFIRM maps. Today, PBS&J Certified Floodplain Managers use FMD to perform major portions of the flood mapping process for their own DFIRM projects.

"Flood Map Desktop is designed to be a simple tool the mapping partners can use on their own networks and within their own workflow, maximizing production efficiencies" said Josh Price, FMD product development manager. "We are thrilled to make this unique contribution to the FEMA mapping community and we encourage and look forward to receiving feedback from users for consideration in future releases of FMD.”

The FMD software includes a comprehensive user guide, context-sensitive help system, and sample data. Training is available as well as monthly Internet-based information sessions. User support is provided through email at floodmapdesktop@pbsj.com.

To learn more about Flood Map Desktop or to download a free copy, visit www.pbsj.com.

About PBS&J

PBS&J (www.pbsj.com) is an employee-owned firm that provides infrastructure planning, engineering, environmental, construction management, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients. The firm is ranked by Engineering News-Record as 25th among the nation’s top consulting firms. PBS&J has almost 3,900 employees located in more than 75 offices throughout the U.S. and abroad.