SAFERPLACES: cover story in scientific journal “water”!

In the June 2020 issue of the technical journal “water” (publisher MDPI, Basel/CH), the scientific paper of our project partners gecosistema and the University of Bologna has been selected as cover story!

The article presents the innovative GIS-based approach of our project partners gecosistema and Unibo for the rapid identification of flood-prone areas using the high-resolution digital terrain model as well as a design precipitation taking into account precipitation losses due to soil type and cover.

In the pilot areas of Rimini and Lignano Sabbiadoro, the resulting flood areas have been calculated by our office with a hydrodynamic 2d model on the basis of real heavy rainfall events as well as various design precipitation events. These calculations served as a validation basis for the Hierarchical Filling & Spilling Algorithm used in the subproject “SAFER_RAIN”.

We are very pleased and proud to be able to contribute to applied research in this area with our expertise in the field of hydraulic modelling of pluvial flooding!

(Deutsch) Projekt “SAFERPLACES”: Pilot Area Rimini

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Im Zuge des Climate-KIC Demonstrator-Projekts “SAFERPLACES(Improved assessment of pluvial, fluvial and coastal flood hazards and risks in European cities as a mean to build safer and resilient communities) liefert das Ingenieurbüro Humer das Benchmarking für GIS-basierte Tools zur semi-automatischen Berechnung von Gefährdungen durch pluviale, fluviale oder maritime Überflutungen.

Diese Benchmarks erstellen wir durch den Einsatz 2d-hydraulischer Modelle mit integriertem Niederschlags-/ Abflussmodell sowie Daten zum Fassungsvermögen der Regenwasserkanalisation.

In der ersten pilot area für das Projekt, der Stadt Rimini, wurde ein reales Starkregenereignis aus dem Jahr 2013 herangezogen:


Bei diesem Starkregenereignis traten großflächige Überflutungen auf, welche hydraulisch im Modell nachgerechnet sowie verschiedene Modellszenarien mit unterschiedlichem Niederschlag berechnet wurden.

Im nächsten Schritt wird die Berechnung durch den Einfluss der Regenwasserkanalisation ergänzt.

Wir warten schon gespannt auf die Berechnung der weiteren pilot areas in Köln und Pamplona!

Climate-KIC project “SAFERPLACES”: Kick-off meeting in Rimini

On September 10th/11th, the project kick-off meeting of Climate-KIC Demonstrator-project “SAFERPLACES” (Improved assessment of pluvial, fluvial and coastal flood hazards and risks in European cities as a mean to build safer and resilient communities) under the lead of our partner GECOSISTEMA S.r.l. took place in Rimini, Italy.

Climate-KIC is currently the biggest pan-european public-private network for innovations in the fields of climate change, renewable energy and low emission industry. The focus-area “Climate Risk Information” deals, inter alia, with developing risk analytics tools which stakeholders (city planners, commodity traders, infrastructure investors and engineers, and businesses) can use to manage physical risk, reduce uncertainty and enable resilience-building decisions.

That´s exactly where “SAFERPLACES” comes into action, in which duration (2018-2021) und scope enhanced and highly-automated tools for calculating the pluviatile, fluviatile und maritime inundation risk are being developed, validated and calibrated in three European pilot studies, most probably bigger cities.

IB HUMER therefore will be active in the work packages of “Flood hazard characterisation and modelling” and “Resilient strategies and flood risk reduction” via the 2d-hydraulic calculation of heavy rain events (pluvial inundation) in consideration of the community infrastructure (storm water drainage) and taking care of the benchmarking of the automated tools.