City governments are quickly realizing that enhancing resilience to floods is a key priority. Cities and their supporting ecosystems must deliver on housing and infrastructure needs while at the same time address quality of life, economic growth, safety and security, and resilience. Cities also need to mitigate flood risks and improve the protection of both citizens and assets. In this sense, it is imperative that preventive measures be taken to minimize the disruption of flooding with proactive actions to anticipate potentially catastrophic impacts.

The establishment of a digital twin for flood resilience in cities and critical infrastructure has great potential to provide solutions to the complex issues associated to floods in urban areas. A city digital twin is a live digital representation of the city and federates engineering, operational, and sensor data in a connected data environment, making accurate, complete, dynamic and verifiable information accessible by all stakeholders. Facing floods in urban areas is only possible with a holistic approach, combining and interconnecting different types of floods, processes and scales, and moving from a fragmented/disciplinary perception to a cross-discipline perception without forgetting how relevant is to effectively share the information and communicate the risk in an easily understandable way.

We will illustrate how to implement this strategy with existing technology, supported by a Connected Data Environment and digital collaborative workflows including integrated multi-scale flood modelling software; automated system operations handling multi-source data (such as flood simulation, geospatial, weather forecast, Internet of Things, and crowdsourcing); and through the integration of immersive 3D or 4D (3D + time) visualization, allowing users / stakeholders to visualize HD animations of virtual flood events from different perspectives.

Practical examples are shown in use cases involving critical infrastructures from oil & gas, municipalities, civil protection and water utilities.

Using digital twins for flood resilience following the philosophy described above provides decision-makers with real, actionable information toward anticipated early warnings and prompt responses and can be used in the emergency management cycle of preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. Finally, the seamless integration of immersive visualization tools can improve risk communication and situational awareness to stakeholders.

This interesting topic will be presented by doc. Rodrigo Fernandes.

Rodrigo Fernandes is senior consultant in Bentley Systems, developing and supporting products for the global water market, as well as managing international projects under the same scope. He integrates the Digital Cities Division.

He joined Bentley in 2017 as part of Bentley’s acquisition of Action Modulers’ Water Business Unit.

Rodrigo holds Graduation, MSc and PhD degrees in environmental engineering, with almost 20 years’ experience in applied technologies and software development in environmental modeling and operational systems for the management of the water cycle and water resources. Rodrigo has designed and managed over 20 European innovation projects on modeling water resources and environmental safety issues. He authored more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and is developer and creator of oil and chemical spill weathering modules in MOHID model.



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