The availability of increasingly high-performance computers and of sophisticated hydrological - hydraulic models for the numerical simulation of urban drainage systems enables the detailed analysis of networks of any size and complexity. It also means we can move away from traditional and simplified hypotheses to which classical analysis methods are subject. The objective of this research project is to conduct a pilot study to define a standard procedural protocol to be applied during the implementation (and calibration) of numerical simulation models of urban drainage systems.
The achievement of this goal will be supported by evidence from field experiments in which several urban catchments are identified for use as a laboratory for implementing the following phases:
- Collection and analysis of the existing drainage system working plans/projects to undergo modeling;
- Collection, if available, of flow data inside the drainage network systems that is significant for calibrating and validating the numerical simulation model;
- Implementation of the drainage system blueprint in the numerical model chosen in conformity with the standardized methodology used in modeling;
- Verification of the model’s ability to accurately simulate the behaviour of urban drainage systems.
The ultimate objective is to test and disseminate a new, standardized, methodological approach capable of providing an operational tool for dealing with design, management and rehabilitation of urban drainage networks. The goal is to do this in both an innovative way with a long-term view of sustainable development and protection of water resources.