SCAN is a software that supports the evaluation of climate adaptation strategies. The tool can be used to analyze the integrated water system, while focusing primarily on hydrology and hydraulics (rivers, floodplains and urban drainage systems).
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.
Our technology is TRL 4 to 5: the models underlying our tools have been validated in theoretical experiments and have been compared to other existing and commercially available modelling approaches (i.e. a proof-of-concept). The results of these tests have been published in international scientific journals. In addition, the models were already incorporated in several smaller scale projects (i.e. validation in relevant settings). However, to exploit the potential of the approach fully, additional large-scale testing in Belgium and abroad are necessary. Also, experience in operational settings is required to ensure the technology can be deployed efficiently. Such tests will also increase the market exposure, and can act as exemplary projects for potential end-users. In addition, the software tool that combines the different approaches is only a preliminary version. Additional developments are necessary to improve the robustness and user-friendliness.

How does it work?

The proposed tool combines several highly innovative modelling approaches that simulate the response of hydrological and hydraulic systems (rivers, floodplains and sewer systems). The modelling approaches are flexible and modular, enabling the user to create models tailored to the intended applications. Also, the level of model detail is adaptable, thereby obviating the creation of overly complex and too rigid models. Different temporal and spatial scales can be covered. Due to their flexibility and very short calculation times, the created models are ideally suited for various applications requiring numerous or long term simulations, and integrated analyses: - Simulate the effect of climate scenario’s, land use changes, etc. - Real-time applications, including intelligent control and warning systems - Evaluate and optimize strategies: from the installation of green roofs, up to the installation of large scale retention basins along rivers and sewer systems - Possibility to link the models with other user defined modules, enabling truly integrated analyses on catchment scale - Account for uncertainties and probabilistic analyses through ensemble runs

August, 2017
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