Smart Water Symposium
394291 - Intelligent Water Management for Increasing Resilience
Monday, June 4
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Lakeshore A
The need for communities to strengthen their response to flooding is growing more apparent after events such as those that recently occurred in Chicago, Houston, and Florida. One way to minimize the negative impact of flooding is by increasing resilience, defined as the ability to prepare for, absorb, recover from, and adapt to both abrupt disturbances and persistent stress. Emerging smart technologies, such as the internet of things and big data analytics, can be used to increase flood resilience. For example, the ability to integrate the weather forecast with real-time control of flood mitigation infrastructure can be used to prepare for storms (e.g., by drawing down existing storage or inflating flood barriers), absorb impacts (e.g., by retaining the most damaging part of the flood hydrograph), recover from damage (e.g., by automatically identifying damaged infrastructure), and adapt to future disturbances (e.g., by performing post-event analysis). Nevertheless, the application of smart technologies can result in decreased resilience if centralized control and operation is affected. This presentation serves as a discussion for how smart technology can be used to increase flood resilience, citing an example of how real-time controls were used to draw down lakes in Florida before Hurricane Irma and reduce the risk of flooding. Moreover, we’ll discuss some of the potential threats that are specific to highly connected networks, such as cyber attacks and cascading failure, and ways to mitigate those impacts.