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

Luca Vezzaro, Tina Kunnerup, Margit Lund Christensen, Morten Grum

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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
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Hydroinformatics: Understanding Changing Climate and Environment and Finding Solutions - Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 14 Jul 201218 Jul 2012
Conference number: 10


Conference10th International Conference on Hydroinformatics
LocationHamburg University of Technology
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Vezzaro, L., Kunnerup, T., Lund Christensen, M., & Grum, M. (2012). A new risk based approach to Real Time Control of urban drainage networks. Paper presented at 10th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, Hamburg, Germany.