Flooding is local, but its causes are system-wide. Through targeted deployment of green infrastructure across the larger system, cities can help address the flooding happening now and remain resilient in the face of future changes to climate and weather patterns—while at the same time beautifying public spaces.
City Digital has deployed a new solution that combines sensors and cloud-based analytics to evaluate the performance of sustainable stormwater management techniques. Using data collected from green infrastructure sites in Chicago, the platform helps to reduce urban flooding and prevent millions of dollars in property damage.
City Digital and its partners have installed sensors at three green infrastructure sites in Chicago to collect water runoff data. The ability to securely collect, publish, and interpret quantifiable data, the technology enables a performance-based management approach and better informed capital planning for infrastructure investments, such as the $50 million the City of Chicago has allocated for green stormwater management.
In the coming months, the team plans to install sensors at two new Chicago locations, analyze historical and live-streamed data, and provide site-specific design recommendations. The performance data will be made public through the City of Chicago’s open data portal in 2017.
The partners in this project include three City of Chicago departments—Department of Innovation and Technology, Department of Transportation and Department of Water Management—along with Microsoft, Opti, Senformatics, and AECOM. Additional thought leadership and pilot support were provided by West Monroe Partners and Glasswater Technology.
Innovative approaches like this system will empower engineers, researchers, and policy-makers to dissect the water and environmental issues facing cities and assess and implement creative solutions.
Annmarie Levins, General Manager for Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft