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.
Technology validated in lab.
Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared with the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” hardware in the laboratory.
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.

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.