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10th Forum on Flood Risk Management in Dresden

The Forum on Flood Risk Management took place in the state capital Dresden on the occasion of its 10th anniversary and was again very well received this year with almost 120 participants. The following topics were focussed: flood adapted construction in existing buidlings, flood risk communication and handling rare flood events.

The contributions of the Forum were published in volume 10 of the report series on flood risk management at Shaker Verlag Aachen and can be purchased here. In addition, there will be a theme book of the magazine WASSERWIRTSCHAFT with the contributions.

10th Forum in the city museum of Dresden

Student Forum on Flood Risk Management in 2018

The Student Forum on Flood Risk Management took place in Dresden in the Sächsische Aufbaubank on 20th June 2018. This year several research projects in the field of floods were presented by students of the University of Kaiserslautern, the Freie Universität Berlin and the Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences. The main topics of the event included water quality, rainfall-runoff-dynamics and the impact of floods on infrastructures in northern Namibia as well as the restoration of flood-damaged buildings.

At this point we would like to thank the Fachgemeinschaft Hydrologischer Wissenschaften once again for the financial support of the Student Forum!

Participants of the Student Forum

Anthology "Progress in sustainability research"

In January 2018, the anthology "Progress in sustainability research" was published with a joint contribution by Prof. Robert Jüpner and Mrs. Corinna Gall on the topic "On the way to a flood-adapted society? This article discusses how the flood risk for buildings and critical infrastructures can be assessed and which strategies for flood-adapted construction or other preventive protective measures can be applied based on this to better adapt society to the existing flood risk in the future. You can now buy the anthology here.

 


10th Forum on Flood Risk Management on 21. June 2018 in Dresden

Mobile Flood Protection Walls to shut the Terassenufer at the Elbe in Dresden (Source: LHDD Umweltamt)

The Forum on Flood Risk Management already celebrates its 10th anniversary and takes place in Dresden on Thursday, 21. June 2018. The following three topic blocks will be dealt with in specialist letures and discussed together with the participants:

  • Flood-Adapted Construction in existing buildings
  • Flood Risk Communication
  • Dealing with rare Flood Events

We would like to thank all those who have encouraged us to establish the Forum as a regular event in the federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony, Thuringia and Bavaria by their attendance and positive feedback, and we look forward to welcoming you to Dresden this time. The detailed programme will be published shortly.


Publication of the technical papers of the 9th Forum on Flood Risk Management in the WasserWirtschaft

This year the technical papers of the 9th Forum on Flood Risk Management on 22. June 2017 in Augsburg have been published in the current November issue of the WasserWirtschaft. In this context the technical paper of Mr. Eiden and Prof. Jüpner on the subject "Retaining flotsam in low mountainous regions - possibilities and limits" was also published. You can purchase the individual articles in issue 11/17 of WasserWirtschaft here.


Technical Paper to the Center of Excellence for Flood Management and Flood-adapted Construction in the Korrespondenz Wasserwirtschaft

In the November 2017 issue of the journal "Korrespondenz Wasserwirtschaft", a report on the Center of Excellence for Flood Management an Flood-Adapted Construction, which has been lead by the Uniwasser GmbH since 2014, was published. It provides information on the background, the area of responsibility and the specialist focal points of the Center of Excellence.


Technical Paper to the Infrastructure behind Dikes in the Korrespondenz WasserwirtschaD

In November 2017, the journal "Korrespondenz Wasserwirtschaft" published an article on the subject "Flood-relevant requirements for the infrastructure behind dikes - derived recommendations from flood risk analysis" by Mrs. Gall, Prof. Jüpner and Mr Schernikau. On the one hand, the working steps of a flood risk analysis for critical infrastructures are explained and on the other hand possible protective measures from the area of flood-adapted construction are shown. In addition, the pilot project in Bobenheim-Roxheim clarified which recommendations can be derived from a flood risk analysis for critical infrastructures.


7th International Conference on Flood Management in Leeds

With the motto "Resilience to global change - anticipating the unexpected" the 7th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM7) took place at the University of Leeds from 5th to 7th September 2017. Prof. Jüpner and Ms. Gall from Uniwasser GmbH attended the conference and participated with a talk on the topic "Handling Critical Infrastructure in the Event of Flooding". You can consult the Extended Abstract to this talk in the Book of Abtract (p. 64 - 66).

The presented topics on the ICFM7 reached from flood risk management in cities and rural areas to flood modelling and risk mapping as well as flood induced effects on infrastructures. Furthermore the technical exhibition with a number of innovative approaches of sensitization of the population to floods had to be emphasized. For example with an Augmented Reality Sandbox you can descriptively and understandable explain the flow direction of water and also the sinks, where the water is accumulated, as well as the function of technical flood protection facilities.

Augmented Reality Sandbox on the ICFM7 in Leeds

6. Workshop Report of the Center of Excellence for Flood Management and Flood-Adapted Construction

The Center of Excellence for Flood Management and Flood-Adapted Construction is concerned with various topics of flood precaution. The issue of flotsam and debris retention has become increasingly important in Rhineland-Palatinate since the devastating extreme rain events of recent years.

As part of his master thesis, Mr. Kohlhund has dealt with the topic "Measures for Debris Retention in streaming water to prevent Erosion, Accumulation, Cluttering and consequential Damage during Floods". The presentation of the master thesis will take place on 21st August 2017 at 10 o'clock in room 14-105 at TU Kaiserslautern. Further information about the event can be found here.


5. Workshop Report of the Center of Excellence for Flood Management and Flood-Adapted Construction

The Center of Excellence for Flood Management and Flood-Adapted Construction has been operated through a cooperation agreement between Uniwasser GmbH and the Department of Water Engineering and Water Management of the TU Kaiserslautern since 2014. The Center of Excellence is concerned not only with construction provision but also with other topics relating to flood control. These include, among other things, the preparation of municipal flood plans. Such a flood action plan is to be understood as a link between alarm and emergency planning and private flood control. This plan includes measures in the public and private sectors adapted to local conditions.

As part of his master thesis, Mr. Duhr has dealt with the topic "Municipal Action Plan for Floods – On the Example of the Municipality of Ediger-Eller (Mosel)". The presentation of the master thesis will take place on 21st August 2017 at 9 am in room 14-105 at the TU Kaiserslautern. Further information about the event can be found here.


9th Forum on Flood Risk Management on 22nd June 2017 in Augsburg

"Good agricultural practice for flood protection - ideas and experiences from Saxony": A contribution by Mrs. Ellen Müller and Dr.-Ing. Uwe Müller from the SMUL Dresden

This year, the Forum on Flood Risk Management took place for the first time in Bavaria at the State Office for Environment in Augsburg. The Forum had a very strong response with around 180 participants. In addition to the flood-controlled planning and building, the topic of agriculture and flood risk management was also discussed. Current projects of flood risk management of the TU Munich, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna and the TU Kaiserslautern were presented too.

The contributions of the Forum were published in volume 9 of the report series of the EU-FRMD at Shaker Verlag Aachen and can be purchased here. In addition, there will be a theme book of the magazine WASSERWIRTSCHAFT with the contributions.


Student Forum on Flood Risk Management on 21st June 2017 in Augsburg

The student forum on flood risk management, which took place on 21st June 2017, on the eve of the 9th Forum at the State Office for Environment in Augsburg, primarily aimed at the exchange on the topic Floods between students from different Universities and Universities of Applied Science. This year, a number of very interesting research projects on this subject area were presented by TU Munich, KU Eichstätt, FU Berlin and the TU Kaiserslautern. You can see the program schedule here.

The event was financially supported by the hydrological science community of the DWA (FgHW) and the State Office for Environment in Augsburg and was organized by Uniwasser GmbH.

Afterwards the main impressions of the student forum were summarized by a student of the TU Munich and published on the homepage of the FgHW. The article you can see here.

Participants of the Student Forum in Augsburg

Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner elected Chairman of DIN -Committee (Sohlenbauwerke)

At the 2nd Meeting of the standards-comittee "Sohlenbauwerke” of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner was concordantly elected as Committee Chairman. Mr. Baudirektor Stefan Wedding from the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection was appointed deputy committee chairman. The Committee, which is a part of Standardization Committee of Water Mangement (NAW), will review the DIN 19661-2 "Sohlenbauwerke - Teil 2: Abstürze, Absturztreppen, Sohlenrampen, Sohlengleiten, Stützschwellen, Grundschwellen, Sohlenschwellen" within the next few months. The standard dates from September 2000. One major reason for the initial revision of the standard is the introduction and implementation of the European Water Framework Directive, which has led to major changes in water management practice. According to current legislation and the modern understanding of the development of flowing water, river bed structures have to factor in the ecological continuity. It is expected, that the modern developments through Planning, construction and maintenance of river bed structures will lead to a revision of the standard.

Sohlgleite with dissolved construction at the Bode River (Harz) (Photo: Jüpner 2007)

Student Forum im Mainz on 22nd June 2016

On occasion of the 8th Forum on the implementation of the EU-FRMD on 23rd June 2016, a Student Forum took place in the State Office of Environment in Mainz th day before. During the Student Forum a wide range of students` work in the field of flood risk management was presented.

This year`s Student Forum was organized by the University of Kaiserslautern, the University of Berlin, RWTH Aachen, the University of Applied Science in Kaiserslautern and the University of Applied Science in Koblenz. The event was financially supported by the Specialist Community Hydrological Science (FgHW) and the Rhineland-Palatinate State Office of Environment and organized by Uniwasser GmbH.

After the 8th Forum the students of RWTH Aachen wrote an article about the two specialist conferences, that was published on the homepage of the FgHW. Here you can see teh article.

Participants of the Student Forum at the State Office of Environment in Mainz on 22nd June 2016 (Photo: Prof. Dr. Nacken)

1000th member of FgHW from Uniwasser GmbH

On occasion of the 8th Forum on the implementation of the EU-FRMD Michael Eiden was welcomed as 1000th member of the FgHW (Photo: Prof. Dr. Nacken)

On occasion of the 8th Forum on the implementation of the EU-FRMD om 23th June 2016 in Mainz, the Specialist Community Hydrological Sciences (FgHW) welcomed Mr. Michael Eiden from Uniwasser GmbH as their 1000th memeber. For more details, please have a look at the website of the FgHW.


8th Forum on the implementation of the EU-FRMD in Mainz

The 8th Forum on the implementation of the EU-FRMD took place at the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz on 23rd June 2016. The Forum dealt with the issues of Flood Risk Management Plans retrospectively as well as future measures and its financing.

Once again, the event was very well-attended. A total of around 140 participants were welcomed. In addition, the TV Station SWR broadcasted a report about the 8th Forum within the TV program "Landesschau aktuell Rheinland-Pfalz" on 23rd June 2016 at 21:45 pm.

The lectures of the event were published in volume 8 of the proceedings of the Forum on the European Flood Risk Management Directive at Shaker Verlag Aachen an can be purchased here. There will also be a special issue of the journal WasserWirtschaft icluding oll of the contributions.

Prof. Dr. Jüpner during his lecture on "Flood Risk Management 2030 - prospects" at the 8th Forum in Mainz

International conference on flood risk and planning on 1st to 4th June 2016 in Voi, Kenia

Uniwasser GmbH is one of several organizers of an international conference on the topic "Floods in spatial planning". Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner and Prof. Dr. Achim Schulte of the FU Berlin presented joint research results, which where funded by a project of the Hans-Sauer-Foundation in Munich called "Dreation of a transferable protection concept of gully systems by means of geo-, bio- and engineering measures combined with renewable energy production - with the example of Voi, Kenya". Host of the event is Prf. Dr. Hamadi Boga, Head of Taita Taveta University College in Voi, who ist par tof a joint research collaboration for several years.

The conference - including a one-day excursion - serves the exchange of several scientific approaches about preventive measures against severe flood damage in semi-arid regions as well as the urgent need of water as valuable resource. The drainage of the flood water would not allow for a sustainable developement of the region. Therefore, innovative approaches are needed in order to combine "classical flood protection" with technologies of water retention (flood water harvesting) in an effective way. The conference was financially supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Prof. Dr. Jüpner (green polo shirt) explains erosion damage of the technical infrastructure in Voi

AKNZ-Workshop "Implementation of flood risk management in municipalties"

The workshop on "Implementation of flood risk management in municipalties - information and participation of affected citizens" took place at the Academy for Crisis Management, Emergency Plannung and Civil Protection in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler on 2nd and 3rd May 2016. The workshop was organized in cooperation with Hochwassernotgemeinschaft Rhein (HWNG Rhein e.V.), HochwasserKompetenzCentrum (HKC e.V.), Informations- und Beratungszentrum Hochwasservorsorge Rheinland-Pfalz (IBH), Uniwasser GmbH and the University of Kaiserslautern.

In this context, Ms. Gall spoke on the topic "Participation of public authorities and information of the affected population regarding flood hazard of critical infrastructure" and headed the correlating working group.

Working group on "Critical infrastructure" on the AKNZ-Workshop on 2nd and 3rd May 2016 (Foto: HWNG Rhein e.V.)

Uniwasser GmbH thanks for a good cooperation!

Dr. Hartwig Vietinghoff has left the Uniwasser GmbH after several years as CEO on 30th April 2016 for personal reasons. We would like to give sincere thanks for his work and an always excellent cooperation. We wish him every success for his future and all the best.

 


"On the way to a flood-protected community?" A contribution to the symposium "Progress in Sustainability Research"

The subject "Sustainability" plays an essential role in different professional disciplines, nevertheless, different claims exist concerning the demands and implementations. On the symposium "Progress in Sustainability Research" different departments of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern introduce their contribution to sustainability.

In this context Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner and Corinna Gall propound the subject "On the way to a flood-protected community?", in representation of the department of hydraulic engineering and water management. The venet takes place on the 4th and 5th of February 2016 in building 56 at the TU Kaiserslautern. For more detailed information you can refer to the flyer of the event.


Research Report of the Center of Excellence for Flood Management and Flood-Adapted Construction

The Center of Excellence for Flood Risk Management and Flood-Adapted Construction was founded in 2009 under the EU-funded Interreg IV-A project "FLOW MS" to inform and to provide practical assistance primarily about  flood adapted design, construction and renovation for concerned citizens, local authorities and all actors involved in the planning and implementation process of construction. After the project "FLOW MS" expired in 2013, the Center of Excellence was continued in the years 2014 and 2015 was continued by the countries Luxembourg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland and operated jointly by the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management of the University of Kaiserslautern and the Uniwasser GmbH.

Over the years, next to the building precaution new thematic research priorities have been developed within the Center of Excellence. In particular, the assessment of flood risks for different actors in flood protection and the development of methodological approaches for the improvement of flood protection at different levels play a central role. The research report contains the main results of the research work of the Center of Excellence in the years 2014 and 2015 and is available on the homepage of the Center of Excellence for download.


Publication of the technical papers of the 7th forum on the implementation of the EU-FRMD in the WasserWirtschaft

The technical papers of the 7th forum on the implementation of the EU-FRMD on the 11th of june 2015 in Meißen appear this year in the current September issue of the WasserWirtschaft. In this context the professional article of Mrs. Gall and Prof. Dr. Jüpner also will be published on the subject "Dealing with Extreme Events on a Municipal Level – Emergency Concepts as a Device of Choice ?" The current issue of the water economy can be purchased here.


Technical paper on the operation of drones in case of floods in the WasserWirtschaft

By the operation of drones in case of floods, it´s possible, to gain fast and accurate information even in inaccessible areas. In order to adequately react to the strains or even the failure of a technical installation for flood control in case of flooding, it´s absolutely necessary for the action force to receive comprehensive and reliable information about the damage symptoms or already occurred damage. As the processed information from a dike-flyover can be transferred into a hydrodynamic model, is explained using the example of the dike break at Breitenhagen during the Elbe-flood 2013 in the professional article «Operation of drones in case of floods – experiences and ideas». The article was jointly written by Prof. Dr. Jüpner, Dr. Brauneck (TU Kaiserslautern) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Pohl (University of Technology, Dresden) and is published in the current issue 09/2015 of the WasserWirtschaft.


Residents Assembly in Bobenheim-Roxheim

On July 21, 2015, a Residents Assembly took place in the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Halle on “floods concern us all”. The results of the flood risk analysis, which was conducted by the Uniwasser GmbH, were presented. Michael Eiden of the Uniwasser GmbH attended the event as an expert and spoke about possibilities of individual provision. In particular, the behavioral precaution in case of an evacuation of Bobenheim-Roxheim was discussed.


Institute Colloquium on November 5, 2015 in Magdeburg

The IWO (Institute of Water Management and Ecotechnology, University of Magdeburg-Stendal), the LWI (Leichtweiß Institute of Hydraulic Engineering, TU Braunschweig), the work area Environmental Hydrology (FU Berlin) and the Department Water Management and Hydraulic Engineering of the University of Kaiserslautern organize a common Colloquium "Water Framework Directive 2015 - What has been achieved, what remains to be done "on November 5, 2015 in Magdeburg. From the Uniwasser GmbH a lecture will be given to synergies and conflicts of the WFD and the flood risk management policy in cooperation with the University of Kaiserslautern. The event will begin at 8:30 in the conference hall of the LHW Saxony-Anhalt. Details on the subject, regarding registration and arrival, please refer to the PDF program flyer.


BWK-event "Learning from floods"

On Wednesday, the 3rd of June 2015 Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner and Corinna Gall act as speakers at the BWK-training and discussion event "Learning from floods" in Magdeburg. Information about the program and the registration details can be found here as a PDF. The presentations of the event are available for download on the homepage of the BWK.


3. Workshop Report of the Center of Excellence for Flood Management and Flood-Adapted Construction

The Center of Excellence for Flood Management and Flood-Adapted Construction deals with various aspects of flood prevention. One focus of the work concentrates on the developing of flood contingency plans.

In his diploma thesis Mr. Jochen Faust concentrates on "Investigation of operational flood protection concepts in medical and nursing facilities."

The presentation of the results of this work will take place on April 23, 2015 at 15:00 in room 13/249 at the University of Kaiserslautern. For more information on the event click here for download.


6th Forum on EU-FRMD at Magdeburg – a commentary in the water management by Prof. Jüpner

The 6th Forum on EU-FRMD on June 27, 2014 at Magdeburg, which was organized by the Uniwasser GmbH, focused on water management administration, disaster management and aid agencies as pertaining to the flood of June 2013, as well as the insights that could be taken from the disaster.

 "Learning from Disaster" from the current issue of the journal “Water Management”.  For the link to the online article, click here.


2. Workshop Report of the Center of Excellence for Flood Management and Flood-Adapted Construction

The flood precaution in small and medium-sized corporations (KMUs) plays an important role in the the tasks of the Center of Excellence for Flood Management and Flood-Adapted Construction.

It is particularly important that the corporations brace themselves for the threat of flood hazards with contingency plans, because during a flood a large part of the damages fall on the corporations.

For this reason, Ms. cand.-ing. Mona Lisa Keller has dealt with the theme "Company flood emergency plans for small and medium-sized enterprises (KMUs)" in her thesis at the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management at the University of Kaiserslautern. The presentation of the results of this work will take place on February 13, 2015 at 13:00 in room 13/249 at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. For more information on the event click here for download.


6th Connective Cities dialogue session with the theme "Challenges of flood management"

The International Cities Platform for Sustainable Development "Connective Cities" was established to promote the local exchange of expertise in different topic areas. In this context, dialogue events are held regularly making German and international expertise mobilized and for urban participants in developing countries and in developed and industrial countries.

On February 9-11, 2015 the 6th Connective Cities Dialogue event at the urban drainage operations in Cologne on the topic "Challenges of flood management" took place. The Uniwasser GmbH also made a contribution by the presentation of the pilot project “Flood contingency plan for Kobern-Gondorf on the Moselle.” All the presented projects are on the “Connective Cities” website for download. In addition, a video was created for the event: Link to video.


Special event on the subject of "Flood risk management - a task for architects and engineers?"

In addition to the state flood protection there is a legal obligation to self-provision. As this is implemented in various forms by architects, engineers and city planners, the special event focuses on the current requirements for the implementation of the flood risk management directive, and especially on the liability of architects and engineers.

The event, which is carried out on the initiative of the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Food, Wine and Forestry and the Center of Excellence for Flood Management and Flood-Adapted Construction, will take place on April 22, 2015 1300 to 1700 in building 53 (Rotunda) at the University of Kaiserslautern. For more information please refer to the flyer for the event.


7th Forum on the implementation of the EU-FRMD on 11 June 2015 at Meissen

Left to right: Corinna Gall (Uniwasser GmbH, Kaiserslautern), Dr.-Ing. Thomas Naumann (IÖR, Dresden), Timm Menkens (TLUG, Thüringen) on the 7th Forum on implementation of the EU-FRMD

 

After Germany was hit by several heavy rains last year, the “7th Forum for the implementation of the EU-FRMD" gives priority to this important issue and possible solutions for dealing with such events. The Free State of Saxony is the host on June 11, 2015, in Meissen, which was affected by a heavy rain event in May 2014. Another focus of the conference is the practice of flood risk management. For more information to the event, please visit: Download the event flyer as PDF


1. Workshop Report of the Center of Excellence for Flood Management and Flood-Adapted Construction

The Center of Excellence for Flood Management and Flood-Adapted Construction deals with various aspects of flood prevention. Here, the use of critical infrastructures forms a thematic focus.  In her thesis, Ms. cand. ing. Christin Rinnert has focused on the theme "dealing with the critical infrastructures electricity and telecommunications during flood events at the local level - Analysis and development of possible protective measures". Ms. Rinnert will present the results of this work on February 26, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in room 13/249 at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. Other information to the event can be downloaded here.


Once again, the trainees of Uniwasser GmbH win the first and second poster prize at the Flood Days

The 6th Flood Days of the German Association for water management, wastewater and Waste e.V. on the subject "Flood beyond all limits" were held in Potsdam on December 4-5, 2014. For the second time a poster award for young scientists working around the theme of flooding has been awarded this yearby the professional community Hydrological Sciences (FgHW).

The poster prize was awarded to two employees of the Uniwasser GmbH on the 5th Flood Days in 2013, and our interns also won the first and second place in this year, which were each awarded with 500 or 300 €.

In second place were Jochen Faust and Mona Lisa Keller with her poster on the subject "Integrated Water Resources Management in Namibia - water storage with regional building materials".  The first place went to Christin Rinnert, which edited the subject "Dealing with critical infrastructures of extreme flood events at the local level" as part of her thesis.

 
Winner of the Poster Prize 2014 (from left to right: Jochen Faust, Mona-Lisa Keller and Christin Rinnert)

DWA-M 553: Flood Adapted Planning and Building

Call for Comments

The publication DWA-M 553 "Hochwasserangepasstes Planen und Bauen", which was developed by the DWA Working Group HW 4.7 "Hochwasserangepasstes Planen und Bauen" under the direction of Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner, was released in November 2014 as a draft in yellow print.

Comments may be submitted to the DWA until February 28, 2015.

For more information, please click here.


Hearing of the Environment Committee of the German Bundestag on the National Flood Program - Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner invited as an expert

Prof. Jüpner attended at the invitation of the Chairperson of the Committee for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Building of the German Bundestag, Bärbel Höhn, on November 5, 2014 as an expert at a public hearing. In this case, the design of a "National Flood protection program" was discussed, after adoption by the Conference of Environment Ministers. In this program the federal states in Germany demand 5.4 billion Euros from the central government for the joint funding of flood protection measures in the areas of

-          Dike relocation / recovery of natural retention areas

-          Controlled flood retention and

-          Elimination of flaws

Prof. Jüpner took part as the only scientist with the Chairman of the Federal / State Working Group on Water and representatives of environmental organizations WWF, BUND and the Green League eV in the hearing.

For more information, click on the following link:

http://www.bundestag.de/blueprint/servlet/page/bt/dokumente/textarchiv/2014/kw45_pa_umwelt/338020?view=DEFAULT 


Teaching in the undergraduate course “Civil Engineering” at the University of Namibia

On behalf of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Ms. Gall of the Uniwasser GmbH was engaged as an expert to conduct lectures and tutorials in the subject “Computer Applications for Civil Engineering” for the Bachelor’s degree program “Civil Engineering” at the University of Namibia.

The block course took place in the period from September 29, to October 10, 2014 at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology in Ongwediva and dealt primarily with the handling of geographical information systems.

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology in Ongwediva, Namibia

700th Member of the FgHW of the Uniwasser GmbH

On August 20-21, 2014 the HKC-seminar on “Optimized Flood Risk Management – Lessons from the flood 2013” took place in Wesseling. On this occasion, the special sub-committee for hydrological science welcomed Ms. Gall of the Uniwasser GmbH as their 700th member.

http://www.fghw.de/allgemein/2014/08/25/wir-begruessen-frau-gall-als-unser-700tes-mitglied

On the occasion of the HKC-seminar Ms. Gall was welcomed as the 700th member of the FgHW (Foto: Martyna Sagel)

Publication in the Korrespondenz Wasserwirtschaft

After the publication of the flood hazard and flood risk maps in the end of 2013 (in Rhineland-Palatinate 2009), the question of how to deal responsibly with the illustrated flood scenarios is on the agenda. For this purpose a flood emergency plan for the municipality Kobern-Gondorf at the Lower Moselle was developed as part of a pilot project.

A technical article on this topic has been jointly written by Corinna Gall (Uniwasser GmbH), Prof. Robert Jüpner (University of Kaiserslautern), Dr. Manuela Gretzschel (MUV Saarland) and Ralf Schernikau (MULEWF Rhineland-Palatinate) in the July issue of the Korrespondenz Wasserwirtschaft.


6. Forum zur Umsetzung der EG-HWRM-RL am 27. Juni 2014 in Magdeburg

Audience of the 6th Forum on the implementation of the EU-FRMD in Magdeburg

The 6th Forum on the implementation of the EU-FRMD themed primarily the issue of "dealing with disastrous flood events", in particular the findings from the June flood in 2013. For this reason, the event was held this year in Saxony-Anhalt's state capital, as Magdeburg was affected in June 2013 by the highest ever measured water levels and was the center of the disaster management.

The event, which was organized again under the leadership of Mrs. Brigitte Kolbe of the Uniwasser GmbH, enjoyed this year a great response. A total of about 120 participants from all over Germany were welcomed.


Publication of the Journal for Flood Risk Management on “The European Flood Risk Management Plan – Between Spatial Planning and Water Engineering”

The European Flood Risk Management Directive prescribes the member states to establish flood risk management plans by the end of 2015. The flood risk management plans require a river catchment area-related consideration of the flood risk, on the other hand, taking into account the consideration of extreme floods, which is a challenge for spatial planners as well as for hydraulic engineers. Therefore, the success of the flood risk management plan depends on the interaction between water management and spatial planning.

With this topic deals the special publication of the the Journal of Flood Risk Management "The European Flood Risk Management Plan - Between Spatial Planning and Water Engineering", which was jointly published by Dr. Thomas Hartmann of the University of Utrecht and Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner in April 2014.


Historical runoff data for the Elbe – derivation of daily outflows at the level Magdeburg-Strombrücke 1727 – 1890

The consideration of historical floods is not only interesting from a scientific point of view. Their integration in the calculation of recurrence intervals of extreme flood events for the design of hydraulic structures is of immense practical importance, as the events of the past two decades have shown. However, flow values are required for the flood water statistics, while the historical data usually is available as water levels (DWA-M 552, CHERRY & POHL, 2011).

For the level Magdeburg-Strombrücke on the middle Elbe are daily water level loggings since 1727 with an interruption from 1809 to 1816 available. Processing of the material for the period of 1727 – 1890 including the creation of mean velocity curves were presented by Faist (2010, unpublished), which has to revise until it is ready for publication.

The mean velocity curves allow the derivation of daily outflows in the period under consideration, the conversion of water levels on the current position of the zero point of the level and thus the inclusion in the longstanding discharge statistics. The classification and evaluation of historical and current flood events is therefore possible.

The processing on behalf of the German Federal Institute of Hydrology is done by the Uniwasser GmbH in cooperation with Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Reinhard Pohl of the University of Dresden.


AKNZ workshop with participation of the Uniwasser GmbH

In one of the Academy for Crisis Management, Emergency Planning and Civil Protection (AKNZ) organized workshop on “Flood prevention behind dikes and protection devices” on February 24-25, 2014 in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, the different aspects of dealing with floods in supposedly “safe” areas were discussed. In this context, Prof Dr. Robert Jüpner and Corinna Gall jointly held a lecture on “Dealing with extreme floods behind dykes – Preparation at community level using the examples of Bobenheim-Roxheim and Kobern-Gondorf.

Subsequently, four working groups out of the approximately 60 participants were built to present their own experiences and discuss problems and solutions. The working group which focused on security and civil protection was led by Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner and Dr. Ute Eifler of the HWNG Rhine eV. The Chairman of the working group on “Critical and flood sensitive infrastructures” took Ms. Christine Eismann by the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance and Corinna Gall.

Corinna Gall bei dem AKNZ Workshop

Corinna Gall at the AKNZ workshop (Foto: IBH)


Residents Assembly in Bobenheim-Roxheim

On January 22, 2014, a Residents Assembly took place in the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Halle on “floods concern us all”. On the occasion of the Rhine highest water level in 30 years, it should be discussed what to do in case of an extreme flood and what individuals can do to protect themselves from adverse consequences of floods. Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner and Corinna Gall of the Uniwasser GmbH took part in this event as experts. In addition, Corinna Gall lectured about the current state of research on extreme floods behind dams using the example Bobenheim-Roxheim.


First and second place at the DWA / HKC flood water price for employees of the Uniwasser GmbH

November 21-22, 2013, the 5th Flood Water days of the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) took place in Cologne. For the first time, a flood water price was awarded by the DWA and the HochwasserKompetenzCentrum (HKC) for relevant works on the topic of flood water presented as a poster in the context of the event.

Both the first and the second place with a prize money of 500 € and 300 € respectively went to employees of the Uniwasser GmbH. Michael Eiden won the second price with his poster on "Flood risk management in Voi, Kenya - in line with the EU FRMD". The aim of this student project was firstly to better understand the processes responsible for precipitation and flood-induced risks in the city of Voi and to develop approaches for the flood protection of Voi. First price went to Corinna Gall, who presented the topic “Development of a flood emergency concept for the municipality Kobern-Gondorf” as a part of her master thesis. For this purpose, a plan was developed for the municipality located at the lower Moselle within a pilot project of the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Food, Wine and Forestry, in which all the important information about the flood situation and the role of the community and the affected population were collected.

Award of the floodwater prize. From left to right: Dr. Marlene Willkomm (StEB Köln AöR), Corinna Gall, Michael Eiden, Reinhard Vogt (StEB Köln AöR, Geschäftsführer HKC e.V.)

Publication of "Hochwasser Handbuch" (“Flood Handbook,” 2nd Ed., German language)

Each year, floods cause billions in damages and loss of property. The Flood Handbook provides information to help determine the best measures to take in order to protect against flooding.

The second edition contains extensive updates pertaining to legal principles (including the European Union Floods Directive and the new German Federal Water Act, among others). This new edition covers strategic and technical developments in flood prevention during the past ten years, particularly relating to flood-prone areas and flood risk management. It has been updated to reflect the latest in regulatory standards and scientific research.

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