urbanX Software concept of UrbanW

Project title: Model-Based Management of Water Extremes in Urban Regions (Modellbasiertes Management von Wasserextremen in Urbanen Regionen)

Project description: The aim of the project is to develop the basics of an innovative digitisation concept for urban water systems and to implement it as a prototype - with two special features: (i) linking above-ground and underground urban compartments and (ii) integrating process models that map the entire urban water system and thus form the scientific basis for future, predictive planning tools. The solution approach consists of seven coordinated work packages. Process identification and coupled modelling (WP1) form the conceptual basis of the project. For possible future extreme events, scenarios (WP2) are developed for an adaptive design of future urban infrastructures. On this conceptual and physical basis, the corresponding data model will be designed (WP3) and implemented in a collaborative working platform (WP4). A central role is played by a versatile digital 3D city model that incorporates underground spatial planning. The city model will be version-based and expandable with regard to further infrastructures (e.g. blue-green city, heating/cooling supply). Modern computer graphic methods are used for process and system visualisation as well as for knowledge communication (WP5). The demonstration product (WP6) of the project consists of a prototype of the city model for a selected part of Dresden. In the transfer strategy (WP7), mainly aspects of knowledge and technology transfer, but also participation and acceptance are discussed in workshops.

Project duration: 04/2022 - 12/2022

Funding organisation: Freistaat Sachsen, Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst. Sächsische Aufbaubank - Förderbank (SAB). Diese Maßnahme wird mitfinanziert mit Steuermitteln auf Grundlage des von den Abgeordneten des Sächsichen Landtags beschlossenen Haushalts.

Freistaat Sachsen mit Text

Project partners:

  • Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Wasserbau und Technische Hydromechanik (IWD)
  • Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Siedlungs- und Industriewasserwirtschaft (ISI)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung, Department für Umweltinformatik (ENVINF)

Principal Investigator: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Stamm


  • FloRiCiMo – Hochwasserrisikoanalyse im urbanen Raum auf der Basis von gekoppelten
    hydrodynamisch-numerischen Modellen und 3D-Stadtmodellen. DBU
  • Urban Catchments – Managing Water Resources for Urban Catchments. BMBF