A new tool for quantifying the impacts of water sensitive urban design – the power of simplicity

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Abstract

We present a prototype for a new software tool which enables quantification of impacts of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) plans in a simplifying manner. The tool is designed to fill a gap between the needs of utility companies for assessing WSUD performance and available urban drainage simulation tools. Emphasis is put on reducing complexity in order to help drainage engineers communicate their priorities to other stakeholders. The tool outputs include two key indicators: The first is the amount of runoff held back in stormwater control measures on event basis, presented graphically against three distinct decision domains. The second is the percentage of runoff managed locally on an annual basis, presented graphically as a water budget. The tool concept was tested on several smaller case studies in Denmark, and we plan to have it ready for full-scale testing ultimo 2015.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling 2015
EditorsThomas Maere, Sovanna Tik, Sophie Duchesne, Peter A. Vanrolleghem
Number of pages5
Place of PublicationQuebec, Canada
Publication date2015
Pages285-289
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event10th International on Urban Drainage Modelling Conference - Quebec, Canada
Duration: 20 Sep 201523 Sep 2015
Conference number: 10

Conference

Conference10th International on Urban Drainage Modelling Conference
Number10
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityQuebec
Period20/09/201523/09/2015

Keywords

  • Water sensitive urban design
  • Low impact development
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems
  • Planning
  • Communication

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