Co-UDlabs Ideas Marketplace

A flexible tool to find, exchange, and improve ideas on innovative methods and technologies for sustainable urban drainage: seek alliances, synergies, and new partnerships and participate in our Transnational Access call!

What is the Marketplace?

Co-UDlabs offers free-of-charge Transnational Access (TA) to its 17-facility research infrastructure. A global call for TA is now open until January 31, 2022. You can find all information about the TA call, including all documentation required to submit a proposal, in our TA call hub.

Following our Hackathon, we have collected some early conversations and presentations here, in the Co-UDlabs Ideas Marketplace. We want this page to work as a living, changing 'message board' in which the people of our community can exchange propositions, ideas, contacts, methods, and plans.

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Share your idea and team up with other users!

Below you can browse the ideas that are currently available on our Marketplace and the information about their authors and their affiliation. You can also share with us any idea or proposal which you would like to show on the marketplace! Click on the green button to submit an idea for the board and/or contact other interested TA users. If you want to discuss your idea with our Research Facilities providers and look for support to improve a TA proposal, click on the blue button.

Explore the Marketplace:

Leaves clogging inlets:

What influence do surrounding trees have on the inflow capacity? How does the inflow change due to different types of leaves? How can the inflow be optimized? Assessing different inlets, baskets and types of leaves.

Researcher: Robert Sämann

Institution: ItwH GmbH Hannover

This user is looking for:

  • Experiment performing
  • Numerical modelling
  • Data access management
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Rehabilitated Waste Water Pressure Pipes:

What is the influence of surge loads on rehabilitated waste water pressure pipes? Are CIPP-Liners designed for these loads? What interactions occur between the old pipe and the CIPP-liner during loading? Investigations in a special pressure pipes test rig of IKT's Large Test Facility (IKT LTF) should clarify!

Researcher: Wendy Francken

Institution: VLARIO Belgium

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Assessment of Inspection technology for Rising mains (Air):

This project aims for an objective performance assessment of inline inspection techniques for urban wastewater rising mains (pressurized transport pipelines towards WWTPs). Rising mains for transport of collected wastewater to the wastewater treatment plants form a high risk part of the wastewater system of urban aera's. Operators need to know if certain parts are in poor condition to be able to plan the right action for mitigation of these risks. Several techniques for inline assessment of pipeline condition have been developed the last decade and some experience with application show that the inspection results are not always as reliable as expected. An objective and scientific assessment of the performance of different inline inspection techniques under different circumstances and for different types of rising mans (variation in diameter, materials, bends, shape) will support a proper use and possible improvement of these techniques. It can boost the practical application and through better condition assessment it will save costs for unnecessary repair due to accidents.

Researcher: Ton Beenen

Institution: RIONED Stichting

This user is looking for

  • Pipebots sensors for assessment of pipe condition
  • Performance assessment reports of inspection techniques
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Discharge stormwater into retention under pavement:

Locations with limited public space: storm water retention under impermeable pavement. Alternative to permeable pavements, where blockage occurs. Advantages: preventing damage by heavy rainfall, suppletion of groundwater: prevention of soil subsidence, slowing down discharge to surface water.

Researcher: Maria Rus

Institution: City of Almere (Netherlands)

This user is looking for:

  • Practitioners
  • Interested profiles from this field working on similar research/practice questions
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Safe pleasure after rapid water test:

Develop (disposable) rapid testing devices indicating health issues as bacteria and/or viruses. Platform to share test results among (potential) recreationists. Fewer health and safety issues with urban surface waters.

Researcher: Marleen Arntz

Institution: RIONED Stichting & Stowa

This user is looking for:

  • Quick scan test developers
  • Ideas to measure microbial risk for bathing waters
  • Research on possible target bacteria or viruses
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Experimental design and calibration needs. Effects on green infrastructure placement strategies:

Re-processing tools with ML-background in web-based application. Impacts from ML-pre-processed data to resulting simulation qualities. Application for MPC (model predictive control) with spatially and temporally high-res weather predictions

Researcher: Mayra Rodríguez

Institution: University of Exeter

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Pollution transport dispersion calibration:

What is a suitable dispersion approach in shallow water of flooded streets? How does a plume propagate on flooded streets? What mixing occurs during the plume exchange between pipe and surface flow?

Researcher: Robert Sämann

Institution: ItwH GmbH Hannover

This user is looking for:

  • Experiment performing
  • Numerical modelling
  • Data access management

A probabilistic ML-based framework to improve UDM reliability:

Pre-processing tools with ML-background in web-based application. Impacts from ML-pre-processed data to resulting simulation qualities. Application for MPC (model predictive control) with spatially and temporally high-res weather predictions.

Researcher: Amin Bakhshipour

Institution: Technological University of Kaiserslautern; University of Tehran; Chamran University

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SUDS in Extreme Climates:

Parameters of Blue/Green Infrastructure are calibrated for European sites with Maritime and continental climate characteristics. However, the potential of Blue/Green infrastructure as a "sponge" during weather extremes is required in countries with extreme cold and hot conditions. A calibration of the simulation models is required for effective urban drainage planning utilities for these regions. For a integrated approach, it is also necessary to consider whether and to what extent SUDS can recharge groundwater.

Researcher: Katharina Fuchs

Institution: ItwH GmbH Hannover

Toronto exfiltration system (four season) for highly urbanised areas (TES4):

Quantify flow rate distribution to various components of the TES4: e.g., maintenance hole, the surrounding soil, and the overflow sewer; and the hydraulic grade line along the perforated pipes, the granular sewer trench because the design of TES4 depends on the understanding of system dynamics during a storm event.

Researcher: James Li

Institution: Ryerson University

This user is looking for:

  • academic modelers
  • design consultants
  • practitioners who want a field demonstration
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Sewer Hydraulics and SUDS:

How does SUDS affect sewer hydraulics? A better understanding of SUDS performance absent adequate maintenance over time.

Researcher: Prabhat Joshi

Institution: EAWAG

This user is looking for:

  • project collaborators
  • suggestions and guidance
  • laboratory/field set-ups to perform experiments on and analyse the interaction between SUDS (with and without deterioration) and sewer hydraulics

Learn more about our research facilities

1:1 street model

1:1 street model (STREET) Location University of A Coruña Campus de Elviña S/N – 15008 – A Coruña | Spain See the website Fields of expertise Urban flooding Runoff pollution Performance of urban assets SuDS solution Digital water solution Modality of Access In-person Access offered for each project 40 days Number of Projects 2 (1…

Above/Below Ground Urban Drainage Scale Model infrastructure

Above/Below Ground Urban Drainage Scale Model   (A/B FLUME) Location University of Sheffield Western Bank – Sheffield S10 2TN | United Kingdom  See the website Fields of expertise Urban flooding Runoff pollution Performance of urban assets Digital water solution Modality of Access In-person Access offered for each project 60 days Number of Projects 2 (1 per call) Expected composition of…

Alpha loop (A-LOOP)

Alpha loop (A-LOOP) Location Deltares Delft | The Netherlands See the website Fields of expertise Performance of urban assets Digital water solution Modality of Access In-person Access offered for each project 40 days Number of Projects 1 (first call) Expected composition of the visiting user-group 1 researcher during the full access period and 5 researchers…

Bens WWTP flume facility (BENS)

Bens WWTP flume facility  (BENS) Location University of A Coruña EDAR Bens. Lugar de Bens, s/n, 15010 A Coruña | Spain See the website Fields of expertise In-sewer process SuDS solution Digital water solution Modality of Access In-person Access offered for each project 60 days Number of Projects 2 (1 per call) Expected composition of the visiting…

Beta loop (B-LOOP)

Beta loop (B-LOOP) Location Deltares Delft | The Netherlands See the website Fields of expertise In-sewer process Performance of urban assets Digital water solution Modality of Access In-person Access offered for each project 40 days Number of Projects 1 (first call) Expected composition of the visiting user-group 1 researcher during the full access period and…

Django Reinhardt detention and settling Basin (OTHU-DRB)

Django Reinhardt detention and settling Basin (OTHU-DRB) Location INSA Lyon | France See the website Fields of expertise Runoff pollution Performance of urban assets SuDS solution Digital water solution Modality of Access Partially remote Access offered for each project 10 days Number of Projects 1 (first call) Expected composition of the visiting user-group 2 researchers…

Experimental Hall – Recirculating flume (HALL)

Experimental Hall – Recirculating flume (HALL) Location EAWAG Dübendorf | Switzerland   See the website Fields of expertise In-sewer process Performance of urban assets Digital water solution Modality of Access In-person Access offered for each project 40 days Number of Projects 2 (1 per call) Expected composition of the visiting user-group 1 researcher during the…

Frejlev research station (FREJLEV)

Frejlev research station (FREJLEV) Location University of Aalborg Aalborg | Denmark See the website Fields of expertise Performance of urban assets Assets deterioration Digital water solution Modality of Access Partially remote Access offered for each project 20 days Number of Projects 1 (first call) Expected composition of the visiting user-group 2 researchers during different stages…

Full Scale Buried Cell Flume (BURIED INFRASTRUCTURE)

Full Scale Buried Cell Flume  (BURIED INFRASTRUCTURE) Location University of Sheffield The Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre (ICAIR), Sheffield Business Park, Europa Avenue Sheffield, S9 1ZA | United Kingdom See the website Fields of expertise Urban flooding In-sewer process Performance of urban assets Assets deterioration Digital water solution Modality of Access In-person Access offered for each project 60 days…

IKT Hydraulic Test Stand (IKT TEST)

IKT Hydraulic Test Stand (TEST STAND) Location IKT Gelsenkirchen | Germany See the website Fields of expertise Runoff pollution Performance of urban assets SuDS solution Digital water solution Modality of Access In-person Access offered for each project 15 days Number of Projects 2 (1 per call) Expected composition of the visiting user-group 1 researcher during…

IKT´s Large Test Facility (IKT LTF)

IKT’s Large Test Facility (IKT LTF) Location IKT Gelsenkirchen | Germany   See the website Fields of expertise Assets deterioration Performance of urban assets Digital water solution Modality of Access In-person Access offered for each project 40 days Number of Projects 2 (1 per call) Expected composition of the visiting user-group 1 researcher during the…

OTHU-SuDS research facilities (OTHU SuDS)

OTHU-SuDS research facilities (OTHU SuDS) Location INSA Lyon | France See the website Fields of expertise Runoff pollution Performance of urban assets SuDS solution Digital water solution Modality of Access Partially remote Access offered for each project 10 days Number of Projects 2 (1 per call) Expected composition of the visiting user-group 2 researchers during…

Real Time Control Testing Facility (RTC Rig)

Real Time Control Testing Facility  (RTC Rig) Location University of Sheffield Western Bank – Sheffield S10 2TN | United Kingdom See the website Fields of expertise Urban flooding Runoff pollution Performance of urban assets Digital water solution Modality of Access In-person Access offered for each project 60 days Number of Projects 1 (first call) Expected composition of the visiting…

Scientific platform for urban runoff tests (BLOCK)

Scientific platform for urban runoff tests (BLOCK) Location University of Coruña Campus de Elviña S/N – 15008 – A Coruña | Spain See the website Fields of expertise Urban flooding Runoff pollution SuDS solution Digital water solution Modality of Access In-person Access offered for each project 60 days Number of Projects 2 (1 per call)…

Temperature Controlled Annular Flume (ANNULAR)

Temperature Controlled Annular Flume  (ANNULAR) Location University of Sheffield Western Bank – Sheffield S10 2TN | United Kingdom See the website Fields of expertise In-sewer process Digital water solution Modality of Access In-person Access offered for each project 60 days (3 months) Number of Projects 2 (1 per call) Expected composition of the visiting user-group 1 researcher during the…

The Urban Water Observatory – Digital Lab (UWO)

The Urban Water Observatory – Digital Lab (UWO) Location EAWAG Dübendorf | Switzerland See the website Fields of expertise In-sewer process Performance of urban assets Digital water solution Modality of Access Partially remote Access offered for each project 20 days Number of Projects 3 (at least 1 per each call) Expected composition of the visiting…