TUFLOW Applications

TUFLOW is the world leader in benchmarked, accurate computer simulation software for flooding, urban drainage, coastal hydraulics, sediment transport and receiving water quality assessment applications. Explore the many different ways TUFLOW can be applied to help solve your real-world problems.

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Flooding & Urban

Flood Modelling

Continuous customer-focused innovation over more than thirty years has resulted in TUFLOW now becoming the fastest, most stable and most accurate of all flood modelling software offerings. Benefit from the unrivalled speed of GPU compute and feature-packed workflow efficient toolkits in your choice of eight different GIS / GUI environments.

Flood Impact Assessment

Estimate the impact of landuse, topography or infrastructure changes on flood behaviour. Make model changes quickly and easily without duplicating base data. Fine tune your designs using TUFLOW's workflow efficient scenario and event management functions.

Flood Risk Management

Accurately model rivers, floodplains and the flow interactions between the two. Access a wide array of floodplain risk management features, tools and outputs. Use TUFLOW's customisable event management structure to automate the execution of ensemble and Monte Carlo risk analyses.

Flood Disaster Response

Use GPU acceleration to model high resolution catchment wide events faster. Also benefit from TUFLOW’s compatibility with industry standard pre-event and real-time flood response decision support platforms, such as DELFT FEWS and WaterRide, or within customised GIS applications.

Dam Break / Levee Failure

TUFLOW's shock capturing HPC solver has been benchmarked to extreme dam failure measurements from flume to real-world scales. HPC's superior Newtonian and non-Newtonian second order solutions accurately capture the highly transient hydraulic conditions common under these situations.

Urban Stormwater Drainage

TUFLOW includes powerful 1D/2D linked pipe network features. Flow behaviours through pipe networks and inlets, junctions and manholes are accurately computed by sophisticated loss estimation techniques that account for changes in network geometry and instantaneous hydraulic conditions. These features compliment TUFLOW's proven above-ground performance.

Urban Development Flood Impact Assessment

TUFLOW's 1D pipe network and 2D overland functionality is perfectly suited to refining development drainage design and estimating potential changes in flood behaviour. Use GPU Module acceleration to speed up simulations and improve project delivery efficiency.

Coasts & Estuaries

Infrastructure Design

Refine coastal infrastructure designs in a single platform. TUFLOW's wide array of modules means that hydrodynamics, advection - dispersion behaviour, sediment transport, morphology and water quality constituents can be simulated in either 2D or 3D.

Sediment Transport

TUFLOW’s sediment transport module is a multiple fraction, multi-bed-layer sediment transport and coupled hydrodynamic-morphological model. It has been used extensively for the simulation of sediment transport in creeks, rivers, estuaries, coastal and open ocean environments.

Coastal Tides and Currents

TUFLOW’s flexible mesh solution enables refined high-resolution assessment where desired without compromising accuracy or simulation speed. The fully integrated 2D-3D solution includes multiple 3D layering options and robust wetting and drying, thereby providing the tools to model complex coastal and estuarine environments with confidence.


Exploit TUFLOW's advanced tools that can be embedded within metocean modelling projects. Analyse at-site tidal current statistics or complete detailed oceanographic assessments to support feasibility, detailed engineering and even vessel maneuverability during site selection, development, and operation of a port.

Storm Tide Inundation

Easily apply spatially and temporally varying wind or pressure fields and parametric tropical cyclone/hurricane tracks to a TUFLOW model to assess resultant nearshore storm tide inundation behaviour. Assess wave - surge interaction and wave setup with TUFLOW’s one or two-way coupled wave model integration.


Industry-leading computational speed, numerical stability and higher order compute accuracy combined with the flexibility to vary mesh size within a single model domain make TUFLOW ideal for tsunami wave propagation and resultant inshore inundation modelling.

Water Quality

Pollutant Outfalls

TUFLOW's ability to link dynamically with near-field CFD diffuser model predictions makes simulating point outfalls - and their subsequent far-field environmental impacts - a core TUFLOW capability. Robustly assess the impacts of both dense (e.g. brine concentrate) and buoyant (e.g. wastewater discharges) plumes using TUFLOW's advanced algorithms, all of which have been published in peer reviewed journals.

Freshwater Water Quality

TUFLOW flexible mesh and TUFLOW WQ in 2D or 3D support simulation of simple to advanced water quality processes in freshwater bodies ranging from shallow urban lakes right up to large scale deep water supply reservoirs. Rely on TUFLOW's higher order mixing schemes to ensure sharp capture of important thermal stratification processes. Use GPU acceleration for rapid long-term multi-year simulation.

Estuarine Water Quality

Access the GPU-based simulation power of TUFLOW in 2D or 3D to accurately simulate the often complex interactions between estuarine hydrodynamics and water quality. Capture salt wedge, point source outfall and catchment inflow dynamics - and their ecological impacts - with ease.

Coastal Water Quality

Use TUFLOW’s advanced 2D and 3D hydrodynamic and water quality models to assess and understand all manner of coastal systems. These can range from simple flushing studies in ports and harbours through to outfall analyses and full simulation of higher trophic ecological processes such as seagrass health in coastal zones.