News Archive 2009 - 2010
Newly placed Deliverables
6 December 2010
Follow this link to the UrbanFlood Deliverables.
UrbanFlood & SSG4Env Workshop
Thursday 11 &
Friday 12 November 2010 – Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Against a backdrop of storm and rain a truly international group of experts
gathered in Amsterdam
to look at the future of flood safety: modern sensor techniques, models,
real-time monitoring and the Internet. Four themes were discussed: Sensing,
ICT, Modelling en Application & Implementation.
For each of the themes several thought-provoking
presentations were given. The Dutch LiveDijk and Geobeads were presented, but
also examples and experiences from the USA, the UK, France, Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic. The (concept) Early Warning System of UrbanFlood was demonstrated to
a very interested public.
presentations are available on video, see workshop 2010.
workshop documents: programme (pdf); detailed programme and abstracts (pdf) and list of participants (pdf).
Markets on the Move
An article about UrbanFlood in the latest release of
the Siemens journal "Pictures of the Future" The Magazine for Research and innovation, Fall 2010.
Download the English article: Emerging Markets on the Move
Download the German article: Schwellenlaender auf dem Sprung
first with new method for regular dike monitoring
Waternet has introduced an innovative way of measuring
the strength of dikes. Using sensors, in this case Geobeads, Waternet can now
monitor dikes in real-time; effects of events like a rainstorm will show up
immediately. In the Netherlands
this method has been applied before for closer monitoring of short and
problematic dike reaches but Waternet intends to use it for the regular dike
audit; the method will yield much more detail on the actual condition of the
dikes. Several research institutes, working together in the EU-funded
UrbanFlood project, have joined Waternet in this undertaking.
Better ‘view’ inside the dike
Waternet carries out the study on behalf of Waterboard
Amstel, Gooi en Vecht, which is responsible for safety against flooding in the
area surrounding Amsterdam.
Waternet will use the data to optimise the auditing and improvement of dikes;
it is expected that the dikes are stronger than we now assume. The new method
enables Waternet to very accurately measure several parameters and will reduce
the uncertainty in calculations. This may mean that fewer dikes need to be
improved, or improved is needed less frequently.
The test location is the Stammerdijk in Diemen, where
Geobeads were installed on September 8. If the test is successful it will be
repeated at other dikes. The first results of the study will be available by
the end of 2010.
Up to now sensor systems like Geobeads were used for
closer monitoring of short and often problematic dike reaches. Waternet takes
this further and intends to use the method to better understand the dike and to
use these insights for all dikes under management. Due to this innovative angle
research institutes like the University
of Amsterdam and STOWA,
which work together in the EU funded UrbanFlood project, are joining Waternet
in this effort.
Chain of beads
look like a necklace of beads. They are placed in
the dike and measure without human intervention the water pressure, temperature
and movement with a very high accuracy. The measurements now take place in
real-time and at frequent intervals, which means that effects of events like a
local heavy rainstorm can be monitored. With the traditional method now used
for testing dikes this is not possible. The data can be read remotely using
mobile data networks.
See website Waternet (Dutch)
See news article in Algemeen Dagblad (Dutch newspaper)
UrbanFlood & SG4E Workshop
In July the
UrbanFlood project announced its international workshop to be held on 11th
and 12th November; we are happy to have received a good number of
positive reactions already. Experts, researchers and policy makers from Australia, USA,
United Kingdom, Poland, Russia and The Netherlands have
already registered so it is going to be a truly International workshop.
discussions with the SG4E project showed that this project has much in common
with UrbanFlood while the overlap is limited. The logical conclusion was to
combine forces and offer an even more interesting joint workshop on the use of
sensors and early warning systems to make us all safer from flooding. Both 7th
framework projects are supported by the European Union. … more
meeting a success
December 2009 the first meeting of the UrbanFlood project took place in Groningen, the Netherlands. The aim of the
kick-off was to give the project a jumpstart in order to deliver a first
version of the EWS technology by the third quarter of 2010. Project Manager
Nico Pals: “Imagine: half of the project members have knowledge on the most
advanced forms of ICT, they never expected that clay and sand could be such a
challenge. The other half knows everything from dikes, dams, embankments and
flooding and they never dreamed that artificial intelligence is an issue”. Certainly
after the visit to the IJkdijk location (www.ijkdijk.nl)
both groups of professional knew that the fusion of ICT with dikes is the road
ahead to manage flood risk.
deadline of the project was to have a website ready by the end of February;
this was realised even earlier. On the website you can find details on the
objectives of UrbanFlood, get to know the UrbanFlood partners and find relevant
news and links. All public reports and other digital ‘deliverables’ will be
available as downloads. We cordially invite you to have a look at www.urbanflood.eu
May 2010 two reports were completed: “Early Warning Systems and the
Mitigation of Climate Change Induced Disasters”, with the results of the
stakeholders analyses, and “Functionality & Architecture of Internet
Based EWS and EWS Hosting Platforms”, which describes from a stakeholder
(user) point of view, the architecture and functionality of the UrbanFlood
Early Warning System (EWS). Mark Morris from HR Wallingford, one of the
hydraulic engineers working for UrbanFlood, remarked: “We have investigated
the user requirements. One of the methods we employed was questionnaires.
UrbanFlood will use the results in the designing of a system that is able to
monitor thousands of miles of dikes, even though some of the persons we
interviewed never considered monitoring to be a practical and economic option
to increase flood safety.” Ludolph Wentholt of STOWA: “The hydraulics
world has been very active on the ICT front. But it takes an internet guru to
imagine that we can actually monitor the strength of thousands of km of dikes.”
The reports are available here on this website.
up and running
The UrbanFlood partners
are all skilled in the use of ICT. But the concept in which UrbanFlood combines
cloud computing, internet, enterprise service bus, visualisation and hydraulic
software is a genuine innovation. Coordination meetings that were held in Amsterdam and Cracow but
especially in Wallingford, UK (24-26 March) were very
important in planning the activities in detail, as well as in getting to know
each other even better than before. The result is that a basic version of the
EWS is constructed.
Dike Monitoring and Flood Safety Workshop
The first UrbanFlood International Dike Monitoring and Flood Safety Workshop will be held in The
Netherlands and is planned for Thursday 11th and Friday 12th
November 2010. The exact venue will be decided soon.
The goals of the workshop are: Sharing of the
UrbanFlood project results; learning from others in the field and exchange of
knowledge and experience and looking for possibilities to cooperate.
Presentations and discussions are grouped under 4 themes: 1. Sensing; 2. ICT;
3. Modelling; and 4. Trials. The workshop will conclude with a plenary
discussion titled Towards European
Cooperation on Flood Protection. During the breaks UrbanFlood applications
will be demonstrated.
UrbanFlood will invite international researchers and
practitioners in the fields of ICT and Flood Early Warning, but also prominent
flood defence asset managers at policy level, to share their experiences on
on-line EWS and smart dikes and discuss the interim results and plans of
UrbanFlood. If you recognize yourself in this description then you are most
welcome to participate and even to present your work; for registration for the preliminary programme 2010.
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