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StormOps is dedicated to developing and supporting comprehensive storm water models, using the best available science to advance the field of storm water management design in an effort to help protect and preserve our water resources.

StormOps is a suite of computer modeling programs designed to maintain a high level of storm water runoff quality in pre- and post-construction as well as detention pond design. The programs are the culmination of decades of projects, research, and programming performed for various federal, state, and local governments. Each program is the result of engineers and Ph.D.'s addressing clients' needs and desires related to water resource issues.

IDEAL was originally developed for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (SCDHEC-OCRM) to allow the design community to calculate compliance with impaired waters anti-degradation restrictions. It is a first-of-its-kind, post-construction water quality model for designing stormwater BMPs and calculating their effectiveness in removing common stormwater pollutants (sediment, bacteria, total nitrogen, and total phosphorus).

The model runoff treatment algorithm is process-based by predicting runoff rates and pollutant loads while also routing these loadings through BMPs using technologies that have been experimentally validated. Using isothermic relationships along with accepted decay, settling, and infiltration methods, pollutant trapping in BMPs can be computed. The developers of IDEAL are Dr. Bill Barfield (Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University, Woolpert, Inc.) and Dr. John Hayes of Clemson University.

Our SEDPRO software can trace its lineage to the University of Kentucky and the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA). The Office of Surface Mining needed a way to calculate erosion, sediment transport, and the trapping efficiencies of various BMPs related to mining operations to meet the SMCRA sediment reduction requirements. SEDPRO was created as a viable solution to address this need.

StormOps' SUDS application was created to address the lack of consistency in detention pond design methods and calculations submitted to the City of Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Bill Barfield, PE, PhD
Bill Barfield is a senior engineer for Woolpert and is responsible for leading the software development for IDEAL and SedPro. He is a Ph.D. Civil and Agricultural Engineer at Texas A&M and has served as an emeritus professor at the University of Kentucky and Oklahoma State University. At Kentucky, he led the Water Resource Institute and the university-wide graduate program in Environmental Systems. At Oklahoma State University, he headed the Department of Bio-Systems Engineering while directing the Manufacturing Engineering Extension program and the New Product Development Center. He is a diplomat of the American Water Resources Engineers and a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He is the author of 20 books and book chapters as well as more than 130 journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. John Hayes, PE, PhD
Dr. John C. Hayes is a professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Clemson University. He has also served as associate dean for Environmental Conservation and department chair of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Clemson University. Dr. Hayes was formerly an assistant professor at Mississippi State University and a research specialist at the University of Kentucky. He holds a Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. (1976) and B.S. (1974) from Clemson University. He is co-author of Hydrology and Sedimentology of Small Catchments and numerous journal articles, proceedings papers, and book chapters. Dr. Hayes led the development and implementation of Clemson's award winning certification program for erosion prevention and sediment control inspectors in addition to the certification program for plan reviewers. He also co-developed the S.C. Design Aids and other techniques that are widely used for design of erosion and sediment controls.