MyFloodRisk (for business)

HKV has transformed the data from the EU RAIN project to provide location based flood risk profiles showing flood probability against flood depth for different climate scenarios at any given location in the EU. This information can be used by companies to assess their flood risk and the costs and benefits of flood protection measures. In particular, businesses that are under the SEVESO III Directive are provided with easy to obtain and state of the art information in a user friendly way.
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.
Currently the website is available in the Netherlands and is based state-of-the-art flood risk information. The website is currebtly being translated and filled with data from the EU RAIN project.

How does it work?

The visitor is guided through multiple screens to derive the flood risk profile. The process starts by selecting a location from a map. This can be done by entering an address ot by picking the location on an interactive map. The map returns the maximum flood depth which indicates whether the location is at risk from flooding. In next step the visitor is asked to register and accept a one time payment for obtaining the flood risk profile. When this step is completed the flood risk profile is generated, presented and explained, and provided as download for further use in a report.

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ARIEL, soil moisture retrieval by microwave remote sensing

ARIEL is a microwave radiometer that provides remote soil moisture data. What cameras cannot see beyond surface, Balamis sensors can. ARIEL is a non-intrusive method able to effectively retrieve soil moisture data over small and large areas easily. ARIEL can be placed on-board aircrafts, UAVs (Unmmanned Aerial Vehicles) and ground vehicles.
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.
Technology has been validated and demonstrated in lab and relevant environment (field testing campaign) with a prototype developed to fly with Cartographic Institute of Catalonia. There is an available prototype version at BALAMIS headquarters mounted on a quad motorbike. New testing activities are being currently performed to fine tune the retrieval of soil moisture.

How does it work?

ARIEL is a passive microwave radiometer based on the same technology of MIRAS sensor on-board satellite SMOS mission. It measures natural thermal emission at the microwave wavelength of 1.4 GHz, which is strongly related to the content of water in the observed target. It requires a power supply from 12 to 24V, and consumes a max. of 50W. It requires a mechanical interface with the platform to be used on. Its installation takes less than 10 min. in ground vehicles and UAVs, and needs to be homologated in aircrafts. The antenna has to be adapted to existing “holes” for Earth observation in the fuselage, and data is synchronized with other systems using an internal GPS time stamp.

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Disaster Mitigation & Response Information System

Our proposed innovative solution is an approach which relies on the collaboration between Geographic Information Systems based on Esri Technology and real-time information sharing sensors. This approach helps all the relevant agencies and institutes playing a role in every disaster phase from planning phase or preparedness, mitigation, management, damage estimation and control and also recovery from damage, closing the chain of all the phases in a disaster situation.
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 proposed innovative solution is composed of already made, of-the-shelf, ready to be used, Industry Standard technology components such as proven commercial software and hardware as well as professional IT services to implement and configure them together in order to achieve the desired functionalities. Such solution benefits also from the proven and positive experience of past implementations in countries such as the USA, at county, state and federal level, thus providing an excellent integrated multi-tenant information platform.

How does it work?

This innovation combines the Esri Technology Platform with real-time sensor data gathering insights for all the BRIGAID thematic disasters. All of these are connected into one single platform which is then spread throughout all the organizations dealing with planning, mitigation, damage estimation, recovery and field visits. A central platform where all the data from sensors and field measurements are stored and can be accessed by all the actors involved during a disaster event.

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AdapKIT helps businesses, communities, and homeowners get climate ready. The tool provides the insights clients need to assess their vulnerability to extreme natural events, and provides risk reduction strategies through a customized set of adaptation measures prioritized according to their specific needs, opportunities and risks. Beginning with innovative remote sensing technology, AdapKIT quantifies potential short-term financial losses and provides personalized solutions to be implemented.
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.
AdapKIT was today developed for an initial case study for the city of Torino (Italy). Through that effort, a prototype of the tool was developed and presented in an international conference in Helsinki in September 2017. The demonstration included an Urban Heat Island analysis which was analyzed together with the exposure portfolios. A survey template was developed and the associated adaptation report was produced. All the basic technological components were developed and tested in this case study. Future developments will be tested during subsequent case studies.

How does it work?

AdapKIT is a web-based interface developed to evaluate hazards, exposure and adaptation. GeoAdaptive offers clients a personal login to access the platform and run their analysis. Users provide custom input data defining the hazard of interest with spatial data on specific exposure portfolios (population or infrastructure). The tool enables users to identify the most exposed elements and download a customized report for their study area. Finally, the tool offers a survey which is used to personalize the adaptation analysis. In fact, the user can also generate a report that identifies and prioritizes which adaptation measures can be implemented, offering a preliminary ranking of the suitability for the specific hazard and scale of interest.

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EFESTO is an artificial intelligence system, mounted on a drone, that carries out continuous aerial monitoring of forest areas. It is able to predict the development of fires and intercept them. It can send alerts about hazardous situations by sending images and GPS coordinates directly to the smartphone of rescuers and law enforcement.
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 solution is based on 2 components: 1) A technology that permits to collect the data coming from different sensors installed on board of a drone, and which allows reliable data transfer on the internet; 2) A remote platform that allows to process the data sent from the drone. The technology was developed by our team and it has been tested and validated by researchers of the University of Catania and then assembled on board of a drone. Data collected during drone flights and in laboratory have shown similar results on operation, reliability and performance. The remote platform has been tested by researchers at the University of Catania using repertoire images. These tests have given excellent results. It was also tested by receiving images sent directly by the drone during flights; results show that there is room for some improvement.

How does it work?

A drone equipped with thermocamera, temperature and humidity sensors, and electronic probe which constantly scours the forest area and transmits a film including GPS coordinates to the artificial intelligence system. When the drone sensors detect abnormal heat sources, smoke or flames, it alerts firefighters via SMS / CALL / MAIL.Through the app, the operator can view the video in real time, evaluate the severity of the situation, identify the location of the event and alert the firefighters. During the fire extinguishing operations, the drone continues to communicate thermal imaging and GPS coordinates of critical areas to the operators in order to optimize an appropriate response.

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The ARTYS Smart Rainfall System (SRS) is an innovative rainfall and flood risk monitoring system. The rainfall maps are provided in real-time with an high spatial resolution taking advantage of ICT technologies and a network of low-cost rainfall sensors deployed in the monitored territory. The rainfall now-casting system allows a short-term prediction of the flood scenarios thanks to a dedicated runoff model and the web-GIS platform displays risk maps with a one-minute refreshing time.
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.
Different realizations of the SRS system are currently functional in operational environments with precipitation monitoring purposes (mainly in the City of Genoa and the Golfo Paradiso municipalities in Italy). This notwithstanding, the indicated TRL is #5 since the evaluation of the surface runoff and flood alert functions still have to be demonstrated in relevant or operational environment.

How does it work?

Smart Rainfall System is a patented environmental monitoring system (IT granted, n. 0001412786; EU pending, n. EP2688223) that measures the rainfall intensity by means of the analysis of satellite television’s signals received by commercial parabolic antennas and estimates the runoff potential by means of a continuous hydrological model. Since the satellite signal is attenuated by the atmospheric precipitation, SRS uses an electromagnetic model to retrieve one-minute rain intensity observation for each sensor deployed in the monitored area. The central elaboration server parses the measurements from the sensors network, and performs real-time visualization of the rain and flood risk maps basing on a web-GIS platform.

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PRAMo - Probabilistic Flood Risk Analysis Model

Flood risk analysis usually addresses three question: (1) How do possible flood scenarios look like? (2) How likely is their occurrence? (3) What are the consequences? PRAMo is able to answer these questions and delivers information about the expected annual damage within a region. The model considers the spatially heterogeneous nature of flooding, direct damages of buildings and uses a multivariate algorithm for generation of synthetic events and thereby guarantees an estimation of damages.
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.
PRAMo has been successfully tested and applied in the Austrian Federal Province of Vorarlberg and shows it capability to provide estimates of annual expected damages and damages associated with a recurrence interval of 100 and 200 years. This successful test in a relevant environment demonstrates that the model is ready for application elsewhere.

How does it work?

PRAMo is a software package that consists of three modules which interact fully automatically. The modules are: (1) a Hazard Module, (2) an Impact Module, and (3) a Risk Assessment Module. The above noted general questions about flood risk can be answered by means of these modules. PRAMo is a generic model which can be applied in any region, in which certain input data are available. These are: (i) terrain information, (ii) observed runoff time series, (iii) inundation maps, and (iv) building assets. The model reproduces a large data set of possible hazard scenarios, combines it with potential consequences and delivers information about the expected annual damages and damages associated a low probability of occurrence (e.g. 0.5% p.a.).

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Drone+LiDAR for emergency response

LiDAR is a proven solution to map the condition and deformation of flood defenses, which is particularly suited for emergencies. With the emergence of DRONES and miniature LIDAR systems these proven detailed and reliable height mesurements can be applied virtual everywhere and under most circumstances. Using an Automated rapid processing protocol the measurements are transformed to useful products, like changemaps for instant decision making .
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.
Drone+LiDAR has developed in the last year to a full scale deployment on the market. For the rapid response and automated processing specific information and data products are needed. Herefor a pilot to demonstrate the use in emergency situations is being pursued.

How does it work?

The innovation is based on three elements: 1. the unmanned scanning aerial vehicle with integrated mini LIDAR system. A combination of a state of the art heavy lift drone with a scanner and necessary permits to fly in Dutch airspace. 2. A data processing chain in which data is converted on the spot to monitor deformations, local hotspots and other derived products for emergency responders. This also includes an online platform for easy viewing by authorized third parties. 3. A logistical chain of operators ready to move at any moment in case of an emergency. All data and information products should fit seamlessly in the data information infrastructure of the client, preferably using online services, geo-services and viewers, minimalizing fysical datahandling.

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FLUTSCHUTZ DeichKADE

The innovative FLUTSCHUTZ DeichKADE is a non-stationary water-filled tube system made of reinforced plastic membranes. Its purpose is to offer an emergency dam system with a narrow footprint to protect low-lying areas against flooding. The installation and dismantling of a FLUTSCHUTZ DeichKADE is much more easy and rapid compared to conventional sandbag systems. No additional anchorage like mounting bars and end constructions are necessary and the construction is held in place by its own weight.
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 FLUTSCHUTZ DeichKADE is in development within the research project DeichKADE, funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation DBU. Tests of prototypes have been made in different testing facilities including overtopping tests.

How does it work?

The FLUTSCHUTZ DeichKADE is made of flexible, water-filled membranes. The empty membrane can be brought easily to the endangered area. First, the membrane is filled with air using a gasoline-driven booster. After proper placement of the air-filled construction the air fill is replaced by water using a gasoline-driven pump. For filling the on-site available flooding water can be used directly.

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Self-erecting flood protection system

German researchers have successfully developed Sandwich elements with thin top layers made from ultra-high performance concrete since many years. The use of this kind of construction for flood protection walls is innovative and has not been done before. Especially the concrete joint is completely new and has no example in concrete construction. This idea was already used for the development of concrete gear wheels. In this context, a number of construction details for fugues and reinforcement technology have been solved.
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.
Within a research project (funded by the German Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Digital Infrastructure) the system was developed, design and prototypes have been built. In this context, a number of construction details for fugues and reinforcement technology have been solved. The carrying capacity has been proven with numeric methods as well as experiments. So far, no test outside the laboratory has been conducted.

How does it work?

The self-erecting flood walls are build on locations where they are able to protect flooding through openings such as doors and bigger entrances. They can also be placed over longer distances as a protection line. Under normal, daily conditions they are in a horizontal "quiet position". Cars and trucks can move over it. If a (sudden) flood occurs they are self-erecting without the need for manpower or electricity. The flood wall is able to withstand not only water pressure but (with certain limits) also other impacts caused by wood or debris. After the flood event the protection wall will return to its original, horizontal position and is easy to clean.

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