Water in Smart Cities

The Water Smart Cities project

The Water Smart Cities project will develop novel ICT solutions that ensure robust optimization across temporal and spatial scales.
We will focus on
1) ICT solutions that integrate numerical models of the urban water system with sensor networks, weather forecasts, coastal/ocean forecasts and optimization techniques,
2) Planning models integrating and dynamically linking water system models, risk assessment methods, valuation techniques and decision making tools.

The project has been running from 2016 to 2020. Dissemination activities will be ongoing until 2022.

Mission and Vision

The rationale behind the project is that water professionals over the past decades have developed a standard way of operating when defining concrete projects for infrastructure investments. These operational procedures function well, with standardized data flows, modelling principles, and indicators for performance. This procedure is illustrated by the vertical core flow in the figure below. However, there is a recognized need for improved framing and modelling for other purposes, notably Strategic planning, i.e. planning on multi-decadal scale, and Real-time modelling and control. Needs for data, models, and indicators overlap with the project level, but there are significant differences and these are difficult to overcome. The project aims at addressing these needs and thereby contribute to a more holistic platform for urban water management across spatial and temporal scales.

Total project budget: 28.3 MDKK. Investment of Innovation Fund Denmark: 12.1 MDKK.