A paper about the AFORAS has been published in the Water journal. It is freely available at https://doi.org/10.3390/w10101420 or here. In this paper, we explain what the floodway is and FEMA’s requirements for encroachment limits that define the floodway. We also discuss how those requirements are formulated into a numerical objective function that can be minimized by the Isolated-Speciation-based Particle Swarm Optimization (ISPSO) R code and the way that the HEC-RAS Application Programming Interface (API) is integrated into the AFORAS for floodway optimization.
We presented Towards an Automated Floodway Optimizer for HEC-RAS at the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2017 in Sacramento, California on May 22, 2017.
We presented the Floodway Optimization Algorithm for Streams in Georgia at the 2017 Georgia Water Resources Conference at the University of Georgia on April 20, 2017.
Dr. Yee and I presented the Automation of Floodway Models for HEC-RAS to professional engineers in the civil engineering field at the Professional Development Hours (PDH) Day at Georgia Tech on November 11, 2016.