Position: President Developer of FLO-2D
Qualification: Ph.D., P.E.
Phone: (928) 339-1935
The origins of the FLO-2D model grew out of a model developed by Jim O’Brien for FEMA called MUDFLOW in 1989 while at FLO Engineering, Inc. Jim O’Brien is president and a senior hydraulic engineer with FLO-2D Software, Inc. Dr. O’Brien has Masters degrees in aerospace and civil engineering from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. civil engineering (hydraulics program) from Colorado State University. He received an undergraduate aerospace engineering degree from St. Louis University. He is the author of numerous articles on hydrology, river hydraulics, flood routing and hyperconcentrated sediment flows and is a licensed professional engineer in four states. He has over 20 years experience in hydraulics and sediment transport as a consulting engineer.