A new risk based approach to Real Time Control of urban drainage networks

Publication: Research - peer-reviewPaper – Annual report year: 2012

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  • Author: Vezzaro, Luca

    Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

  • Author: Kunnerup, Tina

    Krüger A/S, Denmark

  • Author: Lund Christensen, Margit

    Copenhagen Energy A/S, Denmark

  • Author: Grum, Morten

    Krüger A/S, Denmark

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This study present the first full scale application of an integrated Model Predictive Control (MPC) strategy for optimization of urban drainage networks. The strategy was implemented in a 76 km2 urban catchment in the centre of Copenhagen (Denmark). This generalized strategy combines runoff forecast generated by radar-based models with real-time water level measurement across the drainage system. A dynamic overflow risk assessment is performed by taking into account the estimated level of uncertainty of runoff predictions. The cost associated to the expected overflow events is minimized by a genetic algorithm. The MPC system is implemented in a commercially available platform, enabling the future connection between the dynamic strategies controlling urban drainage systems and wastewater treatment plants. Full-scale implementation is almost completed and the preliminary results from off-line test show the potential for application of this methodology in a wide range of different urban areas.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2012
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Hydroinformatics - Hamburg, Germany


Conference10th International Conference on Hydroinformatics
LocationHamburg University of Technology
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