Novatech 2016 planning technologies urban water stormwater management FRGBIndex

4 visits and 5 workshops are organised on Friday 1st July:

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Friday 1st July, 09:00-14:00 (lunch box included)

Three technical tours and one urban cycle tour are proposed in the Lyon area, around the theme of urban retrofit. By bus, bicycle or on foot, come and discover exemplary operations for sustainable urban water management and meet the stakeholders.

French/English simultaneous translation will be provided during the visits (except for the urban cycle tour). Please note that the number of participants to these technical tours is limited.

  1. Metropolis of Lyon - Retrofit of public spaces and stormwater management
  2. City of Villeurbanne - Stormwater management in a fast-changing neighbourhood
  3. OTHU - Metrological innovations: BMP monitoring of the Doua ECOcampus and the Chassieu infiltration and retention basin
  4. Lyon Urban Planning Agency - Between the Rhone and Saone, cycle tour around Lyon’s urban history and its link with water - No simultaneous translation provided for this tour - French only

Technical tours - Practical information

1 - Retrofit of public spaces and stormwater management

Visit by the Metropolis of Lyon – by public transport and on foot
Visite technique 1 - Métropole de LyonIn the city centre of Lyon, in a dense urban context, the Metropolis of Lyon invites you to discover 3 operations renewing the public space while introducing green spaces and stormwater management facilities:
- the 'ZAC Thiers' (urban development zone) and its water garden, in the heart of a business district;
- the Garibaldi street, former 'urban motorway', rehabilitated to enhance soft modes of transport, and equipped with an experimental stormwater management facility;
- the 'Blandan' park, a military wild land rehabilitated into a 17Ha public garden and where some operations combine leisure spaces and stormwater management facilities.
- the 'Kaplan' park and its stormwater retention-infiltration devices.

2 - Stormwater management in a fast-changing neighbourhood

Visit by the City of Villeurbanne – on foot
Visite technique 2 - Ville de VilleurbanneThe City of Villeurbanne proposes you to come and meet an expert in urban water management, at the 'Rize' cultural centre, then to discover how water management is taken into account in the rehabilitation of 2 districts:
- The 'Grandclément' district, with the visit of the 'Rectorat field', a fast-changing site built on a former stream bed;
- The 'ZAC Maisons-Neuves' (urban development zone), where techniques for stormwater infiltration will be presented, as well as the 'Florian' Square with the design of an artificial wetland.

3 - Metrological innovations: BMP monitoring of the Doua ECOcampus and the Chassieu infiltration and retention basin

Visit by the OTHU – by bus and on foot
Visite technique 3 - OTHUThis tour will enable you to discover the last OTHU (Field Observatory in Water Management) metrological innovations on 2 sites, with two different concept of stormwater management:
1. Centralized system at Chassieu (industrial catchment): visit of innovative equipment for intense and continuous stormwater quantity and quality monitoring. On-line monitoring sensors and samplers are dedicated to: understand the dynamic related to stormwater flows and pollutants conveyed at industrial catchment scale; evaluate the global behavior of retention and infiltration basins; and  assess environmental impact of wet weather discharges by means of specific innovative metrological devices and approaches (biosensors, biological indicators, etc.). The Chassieu visit will be cancelled if it rains.
2. Visit of new experimental ECOcampus site with source control nature-based solutions (BMPs: swale, Infiltration trench, porous parking) and related monitoring devices.

4 - Between the Rhone and Saone, cycle tour around Lyon’s urban history and its link with water

Urban cycle tour by the Lyon Urban Planning Agency - No simultaneous translation provided for this tour - French only
Visite technique 4 - Balade urbaineLyon was built with and around its rivers, the Rhone and the Saone. This developed a 'river tradition' and a now recognized water engineering. The stormwater management strategy of the Water Division of the Lyon Metropolis integrates this know-how in the integrated design of operations. Today, water is an integral part of the Lyon inhabitants' quality of life and has multiple uses: relaxing and contemplation space, calm and convivial public space, soft modes of transport, biodiversity development... As in 2013, this cycle tour will offer you the opportunity to discover how water is highlighted in the City of Lyon.

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Friday 1st July at the INSA Lyon, Villeurbanne (lunch box included)

Workshops are notably organised by international working groups of the IWA/IAHR joint committee on urban drainage. They are based on a few chosen presentations of international experts. They aim to offer longer and more informal exchange times than during the Novatech conferences and to specify necessary research orientations to better meet the needs of practitioners for sustainable urban water management.
The official language is English (simultaneous translation will not be provided during workshops).

5 workshops are proposed this year:

Workshops are on the conference site.
Check-in at 08:30 ; beginning at 09:00 ; lunch box included ; end time: between 12:30 and 15:00 depending on the workshops.

W1 - RTC: where science meets practice

Organised by the JCUD working group on Real Time Control of Urban Drainage Systems (RTCUDS)
Schedule: 9h-12h30 (+ lunch) / Check the detailed programme

RTC is one of the few options available to improve the performance of existing wastewater systems without altering the infrastructure. Wastewater systems, comprising sewers, pumping stations, transport mains and wastewater treatment works, typically have a service life of over a century. During this service life, objectives with respect to system performance, are likely to change. E.g. during the last decade, in science we’ve seen a shift from traditional CSO reduction towards integrated, impact based control, being now gradually adopted by practitioners. At the moment, asset management and climate change pose new challenges for wastewater systems, but at the same time new opportunities for RTC.

W2 - Mixed doubles: The nexus between Design and Monitoring of stormwater control measures (SCMs) or Admitting we might be wrong: how to design and monitor to ensure the adaptability of stormwater control measures

Organised by the JCUD working group on Source Control for Stormwater Management (SOCOMA)
Schedule: 9h-15h (lunch included) / Check the detailed programme

Monitoring the performance of SCMs has the ultimate goal of providing us with knowledge that will enable to design even better SCMs. But why should we wait to build the next system to improve? Why can’t we build SCMs in a way that makes them (i) easy to monitor and (ii) easy to adapt and improve as we learn more (from monitoring) about their function)? The design of new SCMs involves many uncertainties regarding how to live up to the different performance expectations.

To prepare the workshop, please fill this form:

W3 - Simulation workshop - Real-time control and integrated modelling

Organised by Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg/Germany; ifak e. V. Magdeburg, Non-profit institute for applied research
Schedule: 9h-13h (+ lunch) / Check the detailed programme

This workshop will present some concepts of integrated modelling and real time control of urban  drainage systems. Both of these concepts are essential to an integrated and sustainable stormwater management as they provide additional options to adapt to the challenges of the future. Exercises will provide hands-on experience on how modelling can assist in these tasks; participants will use the latest version (2.0) of the easy-to-use Simba# simulator, an easy-to-use comprehensive and versatile simulator for integrated modelling of urban wastewater systems. Participants are invited to bring their own laptops so that they can use the simulator on their machines. Also advanced topics (e.g. scripting, ...) will be discussed.
Discussions will also inform about recent developments of the working group “Integrated real time control” of the German Water Association (DWA) and allow participants to provide suggestions.

W4 - Data and models group joint publication and networking meeting

Organised by the JCUD international working group on Data and Models (IWGDM)
Schedule: 9h-12h30 (+ lunch)

The International Working Group on Data & Models ( would like to invite to a networking meeting. The idea is not to provide a formal program consisting of several presentations but the space and the opportunity for people working with data and/or models to come together, discuss their ideas for cooperations in projects and joint publications. As we all live and work in different parts of the world we want to use the opportunity that we are at the same place and to talk to each other a bit more it is possible during coffee breaks. So in this half-day workshop we want help to initiate new initiatives for joint publications and invite people to share data-sets, models, software tools, methods, etc. This workshop is open for everyone: model users, model developers, experienced researchers and people new to this field. Of course also non-group members are invited to participate.

W5 - Technical and institutional advances of rainwater/stormwater harvesting systems

Organised by the JCUD working group on Urban Storm Water Harvesting (USWH)
Schedule: 9h-13h (+ lunch) / Check the detailed programme

Urban rainwater/stormwater harvesting is becoming increasingly common around the world. This workshop will present on a diverse range of topics associated with urban rainwater/stormwater systems. Topics range from the technical performance of such systems to the development of new policies and strategies which aim to promote system implementation. The workshop will be open to everyone—researchers, practitioners, and government. Advancing this field is critical to realise the multiple benefits afforded by harvesting rainwater/stormwater.

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