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3D Printing of coastal protection Reefs

The Albanian coastline has been declining in recent years due to coastal erosion and uncontrolled...

Toolkit Method

It is a GIS based expert system aimed at providing a synthetic general evaluation of the feasibility of a protection strategy against flooding for urban areas (e.g., a historic city). Such a strategy may include different kinds of technical and technological solutions and their mutual combinations which are site specific. Floods of urban areas may be of different origins: river floods, coastal floods and heavy precipitations.

Developed by Thetis S.p.A.

The Toolkit Method is a GIS-based evaluation method which requires a set of inputs about the urban area which is expected to be evaluated. These inputs include: DTM, buildings & streets map, utility network map and a flooding map. The user can sketch different intervention scenarios by applying a set of tools which include general design strategies and more detailed solutions represented by specific protection measures. Each of them can be then evaluated and compared against alternatives.

TRL5. Laboratory testing of integrated system
Technology validated in relevant environment. Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components. The TM methodology originates from previous design and planning experiences developed by Thetis in the context of the Venice lagoon. This approach has been already employed as a design method to define specific proposals for flood protection and general redesign of two neighborhoods in Boston and in Padua. The innovation is intended as a systematization and generalization of such a method. The plugin is currently being developed and tested in house.

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Business plan completed

The BRIGAID Business Development Programme has been successfully completed. A MAF+ assessment has been conducted and its results have been enriched and incorporated into a business plan document.

The main components of the system have been tested separately, and an initial integration exercise has been conducted.

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How does it work?

The user must provide the system with some basic input data: DTM, buildings & streets map, utility network map, depth–area curve and a flooding map. After that she/he can implement a first protection strategy map where she/he can draw 4 basic elements: elevated perimeters, elevated areas, water receivers and water discharge system. The designed solution can be then implemented to further detail associating specific protection measures to the various elements of the protection map. Each measure contains additional parameters (costs, durability, energy consumption, etc.) which are exported in the automatically generated report containing a synthetic evaluation of the general protection solution.

Limitations/conditions under which this innovation does not work or is less effective

The TM is not intended as an hydraulic modeling software, it relies on external data in defining the site floodable areas. Its application it is consistent to historic city centers or to urban areas of limited extension.

Added value
The TM requires a limited number of data input to work which makes it easy to be applied to a large number of sites. The list of applicable protection measures can be implemented by the user. The TM differentiates into two design levels the protection developed for the site: strategy and measures which allow a more flexible approach and the possibility to develop and compare intervention alternatives.

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