URGED addresses an increasing global requirement for the provision of better predictive decision support tools for urban infrastructure managers to enable cities to become more resilient to the environmental and social threats. These Earth Observation (EO) derived Data Products, analytics and monitoring tools identify where there is the likely high risk of subsidence and flood risk via online, interactive maps, to improve infrastructure planning and management and reduce operational costs.
This new opportunity has emerged through the escalating need for cities to become more resilient, and the availability of new satellite data sources such as Sentinel 1 and 2, combined with the evolution of Rezatec’s EO analytical capabilities, such as SAR interferometry.
Combined with the delivery of subscription based access to dynamically updated analytics as a service, this represents a new commercial model that has greater scalability and price advantages than current consulting based approaches to managing urban subsidence and flooding issues.
The project aims to have a profound contribution to city-regional economic, environmental and human wellbeing by demonstrating the value of space data in enabling strategic investment and decision making to support more resilient development pathways.
Targeted user communities and their uses for URGED are:
1. Water Utilities, who use URGED for:
a) Identification of soil subsidence hazard;
b) Identification of pipeline segment susceptible to land surface movement ;
c) Forecasting future land surface change and pipeline vulnerability.
2. Urban Infrastructure Management, who use URGED for:
a) Baseline assessment of land surface movement hazard;
b) Collating urban infrastructure exposure data;
c) Tools to forecast damage associated with land surface change.
3. Town /City Authorities, who use URGED for:
a) Identification of flood hazard;
b) Assessment of exposure to flood hazard;
c) Relative estimation of urban flood vulnerability;
d) Updated flood risk associated with urban, rural land cover scenarios.
The URGED platform is a global service. For the Demo project, the pilot implementations are being executed in the UK due to the location of the end users however the Data Products have global commercial potential
The URGED platform will be built on top of existing system and service architecture but with new and crucial additional development to support the URGED services:
The URGED system will make use of the following three components, of which there are no potential alternatives:
The URGED Demonstration Project kicked off in May 2016 and has confirmed the Requirements Definition (RD) and Service and System Architecture (SSA) and has started planning of the pilot implementations with the named end users: Welsh Water, Wessex Water, AMEC Foster Wheeler and The Ecological Sequestration Trust (TEST). The Baseline Design Review is planned for the end of July 2016.