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rainbathyesRainBath is a collection of offline software visualization tools that allows the creation of still images, movies and interactive urban flooding using video games technology.



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TOOL REVIEW: Use video games technology to create visually realistic urban flooding scenarios

William Lynn, Dr Paul Walsh, Helen Fagan
Scenario visualization software urban flooding RainBath Google SketchUp video games technology
RainBath is a collection of software visualization tools that allows the creation of still images, movies and interactive urban flooding using video games technology.

RainBath is built on top of Google SketchUp.

• Use Google SketchUp to create the 3D urban environment.

• Use RainBath-CityUp to help create your local urban environment.

• Use RainBath to add flooding constraints.

• Visualize and interact with your urban flooding scenario using the RainBath video games technology.

• Create still images and movies of the urban flooding environment.

• Iteratively create and update your flooding visualization as your scenario changes.

• RainBath and Google SketchUp work together on high-end, office or laptop computers.

Last update
1st December 2010
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Reviewed by David R. Green and Guillaume De La Fons / University of Aberdeen

1. Why did you use this tool and what for?

We use SketchUp at the University of Aberdeen for teaching and research purposes. We tried RainBath to assess if we can use these new functionalities for teaching and research in terms of visualisation and particularly flooding and climate change. The RainBath animation of water level is really nice and useful for flood and sea level rise visualisation.

2. What changes resulted from using this tool?

We did the RainBath tutorial with Google SketchUp 8 but we were unable to use it with SketchUp 7.

3. What worked well and what would you have done differently?

We spend quite a lot of time trying to run the software with Google SketchUp 7. We would not have use SketchUp 7 with Rainbath.

4. Did you tailor this tool in any way to meet your specific needs?


5. Was it cost-effective? In terms of economic cost but also in terms of human resources and time.

Google Sketchup and RainBath are free software and are quite easy to use.

6. Tips or recommendations to practitioners considering using this tool.

Firstly, you could do the RainBath tutorial to learn the software then follow the instruction of the CityUpHeight video in order to create your own are of study in 3D.

The RainBath software has bugs which can cause Google SketchUp to crash. Therefore, it is really important to save regularly the project file. It seems that it works better with Google SketchUp 8.

This learning portal brings together the results and lessons learned from the IMCORE project. This project was funded under the Interreg IVB programme from 2008 to 2011.

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