Dutch King Willem-Alexander launches new Deltares tool ‘Smart Scanner for Water Resilient Cities’ in Brisbane
Published: 4 November 2016
Smart ICT solutions for water management in cities
Major cities worldwide will have to cope with the effects of climate change. It will rain more often and harder, making problems with water and flooding increasingly common. The aim of smart urban water management is to use ICT solutions that will allow cities to become and remain water- and climate-resilient. An estimated 7% of all Australian households regularly have problems with flooding and flash floods. As a result, a high priority on the Australian agenda is to raise public awareness so that people know how to respond.
3D environment with effects of cloudbursts and flooding
The Smart Scanner for Water Resilient Cities (the ‘Smart Scanner’ for short) provides a 3D environment for visualising the impact of cloudbursts and floods. Response measures can be entered into the system and computed on the spot. The tool can be used to establish a dialogue with stakeholders and help to discuss effective action in an area with one another.
Fast and economical
The Smart Scanner is based on 3D software development. It uses data from open street maps that are freely available on the net. Linking these data to our Delft3D Flexible Mesh models allows computations to be made in 3D simulations for any city or district. This is relatively fast (it takes just a few days) and economical, making this tool an affordable early option for people who are involved with ‘water and climate’ but who may not yet be sure about the way forward.
Promoting dialogue with cities
With this tool, Deltares experts hope to establish a dialogue with cities in the Netherlands and other countries about climate adaptation. During the trade mission, a demo will be displayed at The Cube, two life-size screens, with the HydroLogic’s HydroNET Water Control Room on the left and a passing shower of rain, and on the right the 3D simulation of the Smart Scanner with water flooding the streets of the West End, a district in Brisbane. There will be a workshop in the afternoon with an interactive demonstration of the Smart Scanner and a discussion of the collaboration with Australia.