Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Mind4Stormwater (Innovative stormwater asset management in future cities)
Reporting period: 2018-09-01 to 2020-08-31
Regarding the transfer of knowledge, the fellow had the opportunity to benefit from an important number of trainings provided by the University of Melbourne, he has extensively learnt from many high-level experts from the laboratory WERG and has benefited from several online courses. The fellow has also greatly benefited from working in a different country, he has discovered very interesting ways of working and collaborating. He has been very quickly and fully integrated in the WERG team and such an integration was the key to a successful transfer of knowledge.
Regarding the general communication, the Mind4Stormwater project has produced a brochure, a general website (https://mind4stormwater.org) a data visualisation platform (http://mind4stormwater.online) a GitHub page (https://github.com/fcherqui/Mind4stormwater) and a YouTube channel (http://tiny.cc/M4Schannel). Several presentations and documents have also been disseminated to communicate on the project, its activities and to provide teaching materials dedicated to low-cost monitoring system development. Regarding the scientific dissemination, the fellow has participated in two international conferences: NOVATECH 2019 (Lyon, France) and LESAM 2019 (Vancouver, Canada). The fellow has also led the authorship of two accepted international papers (Water Resources Research & H2Open journals). The NOVATECH 2019 conference paper won the Best Poster Award and the Water Resources Research paper has been selected for the Editors’ Highlights. The fellow is also involved in the writing of a chapter of an international book dedicated to operation and maintenance in urban drainage metrology, to be published by International Water Association Publishing in 2021.
The developed expert system is the proof of concept that stormwater control measures can be monitored with limited resources, in real-time, providing effective solutions for the long-term performance and maintenance of such systems. The fellow remains in close contact with the research team in Melbourne helping to deploy more systems in the wetlands managed by Melbourne Water. Additional deployments are expected in the City of Whittlesea (Victoria, Australia) in association with the Stormwater Management Coordinator. In the last months, the fellow has increased the networking activities toward the operational sector, targeting cities, utilities and SMEs. The objectives are (i) to demonstrate the benefits of low-cost monitoring system to encourage innovation from the SMEs, and (ii) to support champion cities willing to follow this path, in the definition of the specifications of monitoring systems. Market development requires not only new products, it also requires customers (cities and utilities). To date, the offer and the demand do not match because IoT companies which are developing the products have a limited knowledge on water management, and cities have not yet really encompassed the potential of such systems. It is believed that the production of short documents to detail the specifications of the monitoring systems will help SMEs to better understand the needs and cities and utilities to make the most of the low-cost systems. Specifications concern the communication (and real-time access to data), or the autonomy, but most importantly what should be monitored and how often, and what rules needs to be defined for the alert system.