H2FLO Consulting was founded in 1997 by Kevin Flora with the goal of developing software that would help bridge owners monitor changes in channel cross-sections over time. This motivation led to the development of an Excel-based VBA application known as BrEase which later evolved to provide hydraulic computations and scour calculations. For 20 years, BrEase severed consultants and the Deparments of Transportations in Oregon and California with a helpful means of monitoring channel degradation and stream migration at bridge crossings. In 2017, BrEase was retired and replaced with a more functional C# based application known as C-BrEase.
About Kevin Flora, Ph.D, P.E., D.WRE.
With over 25 years of experience in the field of hydraulics, Kevin Flora has been responsible for the bridge scour evaluation program for state-owned bridges in California. Through software development, improved field data acquisition techniques and advanced hydraulic modeling, he has demonstrated innovative strategies for evaluating structures for scour vulnerability and has become a recognized leader in the field of bridge scour throughout the United States. He has served on several NCHRP panels related to bridge scour including Project 24-14 on Scour at Contracted Bridge Sites, Project 24-26 on the Effects of Debris on Bridge Pier Scour and Project 24-37 on Combining Individual Scour Components to Determine Total Scour. He has also served nationally on FHWA /AASHTO Wave Task Force on Bridge Structures and is a current member o f the AASHTO Technical Committee on Hydrology and Hydraulics.
As a graduate from Stony Brook University in New York with a doctorate in Civil Engineering in 2021, his research focused on improved understanding and prediction of flow in full-scale rivers. His doctoral thesis which involved both field data collection and simulations using computation fluid dynamics was titled Experimental and Numerical Study for Improved High-fidelity Numerical Modelling of Complex Features in Natural Rivers.