dws-hydrologic-cockatoo-island-signing-king-queen-770pxDutch King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima have officially launched an ICT portal for urban water managers, in Brisbane, Australia, on 4 November.

The portal has been designed as a 'water control room' by Dutch consultancy firm HydroLogic and research institute Deltares. It provides a 3D visualisation of the effects of cloud bursts or floods, with easy access to real-time weather reports, climate and water data and rapid automated analysis.

The launch of the portal was part of the Dutch trade mission to Australia and the state visit by the Dutch king to Australia.

dws-hydrologic-australia-dashboard-350px  Dash board of the water control room developed by HydroLogic and Deltares.

Australian-Dutch cooperation
After several years of cooperation with Australian water managers, HydroLogic and Deltares have collaborated to launch this platform, titled Smart Scanner for Water Resilient Cities.

The smart scanner allows urban water managers to analyse, monitor and forecast historical and current flood events and allows them to analyse the economic and hydrologic impact of measures to make their city more water and climate resilient.

Big data
The platform uses HydroLogic’s webbased support system HydroNet RainWatch that has been adapted specially for Australian cities.

It uses data from open street maps that are freely available on the net. Linking these data to Deltares’ Delft3D Flexible Mesh models allows computations to be made in 3D simulations for any city or district.

Anticipation on extreme weather
Many communities within Australia are impacted by flooding. An estimated 7 percent 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. The need for timely and location specific water management solutions has increased significantly.

This news item was originally published on the websites of HydroLogic (in Dutch only) and Deltares.

(on top photo: left to right: Steve Clark/WaterTechnology, Leanne Reichard/HydroLogic, Dutch minister Henk Kamp of Economic affaires, Queen Maxima, King Willem-Alexander, Andres McCowan/WaterTechnology)

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Demo of the water control room.