This page provides details about the most recent version of the RASPLOT software program published by FEMA. The target audience consists of current and potential users of RASPLOT, hydraulic engineers, and anyone involved in developing floodway profiles and Flood Insurance Study reports.
The RASPLOT Version 3.0 final release addresses user feedback submitted in response to the Beta release, which was made public in May 2013. Key new features of Version 3.0 include:
- A Floodway Data Table (FDT) Creation Tool which allows users to create FIS report FDTs
- A Batch Portable Document Format (PDF) Generation Tool to allow for batch printing
- Functionality to allow for the exchange of data between the program and FIRM database tables
- Compatibility with Windows 8.2 and HEC-RAS 4.2
- Incorpotation of the most up-to-date domain tables from the November 2014 issuance of the FIRM Database Technical Reference
- Addition of the 1% Plus flood profile
- Standardized footnote creation
These updates and enhancements to RASPLOT will allow for the more efficient production of flood profiles, Floodway Data Tables (FDTs), and FIRM databases in support of FEMA’s Risk MAP program. Use this page to learn more about the program and download the latest software version, RASPLOT Version 3.0.
What is RASPLOT?
RASPLOT is a computer program developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which allows the user to create flood profiles through the automatic extraction of data from Hydraulic Engineering Centers River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) hydraulic modeling files. Flood profiles are required for inclusion in the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports which usually accompany the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for communities participating in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.
Who Uses RASPLOT?
Common RASPLOT software users include:
- FEMA Mapping Partners (mapping contractor staff and Cooperating Technical Partners)
- Users responsible for preparing and delivering FIRMs and FIRM databases, FIS reports and related products to FEMA in support of its Risk MAP program
User Knowledge Requirements
To use RASPLOT 3.0 users will need to have:
- Basic knowledge of FEMA flood hazard mapping principles
- Understanding of FEMA FIS report specifications
- Basic knowledge of the HEC-RAS program
- Working knowledge of geospatial databases and FEMA FIRM database specifications
RASPLOT 3.0 Hardware and Software Requirements
The following system hardware requirements apply in order for RASPLOT 3.0 to be fully functional:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- VGA or above display type
- Printer capable of printing 11”x17” sheets in black and white (in order to print profiles to scale)
The following software requirements apply in order for RASPLOT 3.0 to be fully functional:
- A Windows XP, 7 or 8 operating system (32-bit or 64-bit systems) must be installed on the computer.
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ HEC-RAS program, version 4.1 or 4.2 must be installed on the computer.
- Adobe reader or equivalent must be installed for viewing PDF files.
RASPLOT 3.0 Training
For additional information on the RASPLOT 3.0 Upgrade visit the following:
- RASPLOT 3.0 Beta Release
- RASPLOT 3.0 Alpha Release
- RASPLOT Version 2.5 was released in 2005 replacing FEMA's FISPLOT program. It is used to develop flood profiles
- User's Manual - Provides valuable information concerning the installation, setup, features, and use of RASPLOT Version 2.5
- Sample Downloadable Data Sets - These data sets can be input into the RASPLOT application interface to help reinforce your understanding of the RASPLOT program. These data sets are described in detail in the RASPLOT tutorial
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