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The sequential nature of the process used in floodplain map revisions including technical reviews, "regulation specific" reviews and map re-delineations is examined in the light of efficiency and quality control. The current process is in contradiction to long term objectives of map modernization and automation. The paper will identify common and relatable characteristics of the floodplain regulations to modeling data and mapping. These characteristics were then structured to formulate an automated map review protocol in the form of an extendable GIS System that ensures quality and efficiency of map revision.
This is an intelligent, GIS enabled protocol that substantially improves efficiency of processing, improves requester understanding of NFIP process and thereby abridges the progression of revision process from request to approval. The System also eliminates or minimizes erroneous interpretation while maintaining sound engineering judgment through interactive tools that enable the reviewer and requester to directly work out specific revision.