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Excursions and Special Sessions

On the Wednesday afternoon, several excursions and special sessions have been organised. Below, they are detailed. All of these will be run from 14:30-17:30 (with the bus-based excursions being expected back later). Pre-registration for these will be available, as the capacities are limited.

Excursion – Historic Gouda shaped by Water
Situated at a 30min drive is the city internationally recognised for its cheese: Gouda. Beyond the creation of this traditional Dutch food, Gouda had a rich history starting in the 13th century. Situated on top of very peaty soil combined with proximity to the Hollandse Ijssel, water has in many ways shaped the city of Gouda that we see today. Land subsidence, droughts and an increasing flooding danger have started to become more pressing in recent years. In this tour, we will see how the latest developments in urban drainage are applied to solve a multitude of water based issues and see if they are up to the test in a city that has struggled against the perils of water for over 8 centuries.
Limited to 30 people, additional cost of €22.50 pp

Excursion – Innovation in Amsterdams Water Cycle
Waternet covers the entire urban water cycle, from drinking water, urban drainage, transport mains and wastewater treatment in the city of Amsterdam. Circularity and climate change are two of the key drivers for adaptation of the existing infrastructure. In this tour, you will visit the Rivierenbuurt in Amsterdam, which was developed in the 1920s and 1930s. In order to reduce the vulnerability to urban pluvial flooding, Waternet has been updating the urban drainage, consisting of separate sewer systems, with an interesting mix of permeable pavements, infiltration facilities, storm water treatment, and green roofs. During the tour you will see how all these adaptations have been embedded in the urban fabric.
Limited to 30 people, additional cost of €22.50 pp

Excursion – Rotterdam and sustainable and innovative solutions to flood, drought, and water quality.
Rotterdam, situated less than 15 km south of Delft, is a vibrant city having a long track record of very ambitious urban water management. The Rose Waterproject, which strongly connected urban development with urban water management, dates from the 1850s and Rotterdam has ever since been a frontrunner in urban drainage. In this tour, you will visit the oldest sewer pumping station of Rotterdam, situated in an historic building, a water retention basin situated below a massive parking garage, the famous water square and several novel blue-green solutions. A tour not to be missed!
Limited to 64 people, additional cost of €22.50 pp

Excursion – Deltares Labs and Open Air Labs at TU Delft
Around the conference centre, there are a number of unique research set-ups. Deltares, a research consultancy that was initially conceived to design the Dutch flood protections but has expanded in expertise, hosts a number of unique facilities: the Delta Flume (a flume where 1:1 scale tests can be done for flooding simulations), -loop (testing high sludge concentration hydraulic transport) and Geo centrifuge to speed up soil-water processes by using 150g. Next to Deltares, we will visit Flood Proof Holland, where several open-air labs are build and operated for nature-based solutions. Lastely, we will visit the Green Village, a little neighbourhood on the TU Delft campus that functions as a unique test-bed for sustainable solutions for the urban environment. All within walking distance from the conference venue!
Limited to 30 people, no additional cost

Excursion – Finding the CSOs in Delft… by kano
The picturesque city of Delft seen from the plentiful urban canals that go through the city. Ones the intake point of over 130 beer breweries, the water quality of the canals deteriorated rapidly in the 18th-19th century as the city rapidly expanded. A combined sewer system was installed in and upgraded in the early 20th century, equipped with some 50 combined sewer overflows to avoid urban flooding. A special route has been set out for you, see if you can spot the outflow locations, whilst enjoying the canals, green areas and hidden tunnels.
Limited to 20 people, additional cost of €22.50 pp

Special Session – Discussing the future or urban drainage legislation in Latin America – Organised by Nilo and ANA Brasil.
Urban drainage legislation is rapidly evolving in Latin America. One of the key drivers of the National Water and Sanitation Agency (ANA) is to ensure that the newly prepared legislation is based on the specific requirements of the area in combination with the latest understanding. ICUD is therefore the perfect moment to have an international meeting, spearheaded by the ANA about the evolving legislation in the Latin American region. This workshops aims to collect, discuss and report on the ideas from all participants with an interest in the region, ensuring meaningful and sustainable legislation can be delivered on.
Commissiekamer / Commissionroom 2 in the Conference Centre

Special Session – Serious Game development for sustainable urban water development – Organised by Aashna Mittal (TU Delft)
Adaptive planning is essential to address urban flooding and ensure that urban areas are well adapted to climate change, involving cooperation between diverse stakeholders: municipality, citizens, water boards, housing corporations, and urban planners in the Netherlands. Serious gaming has been shown to be an effective tool to help stakeholders cooperate. The objective of the “The Urban dRain game” workshop is to facilitate the collaborative development of climate-resilient solutions for a Dutch neighbourhood. Participants will be challenged to combine a variety of solutions stormwater management – nature-based solutions, such as green roofs and permeable pavements, with grey infrastructure measures like sewer upgrades. The goal of the game is to find a combination that is not only cost-effective but also enhances the liveability in the neighbourhood and mitigates the risk of urban flooding.

Special Session – Discussion on the Future Directions of Real-Time Control – Organised by Baiqian Shi (Monash University)
While real time control of single infrastructure elements for specific objectives like flood mitigation has been well-developed, real time control that optimises for multiple competing benefits (e.g. flood mitigation, waterway health, and stormwater harvesting) across integrated stormwater systems remains a huge challenge. Our workshop will address this need by bringing together experts from around the world to explore real time control strategies for stormwater infrastructure to meet multiple, often competing, objectives (e.g. flood mitigation, waterway health, and stormwater harvesting). The anticipated outcome of the workshop will be a white paper on the topic and a joint journal publication from the team
Commissiekamer / Commissionroom 3 in the Conference Centre


Special Session – s::can sensors in urban drainage – Organised by Badger Meter
Water quality has always been of interest in the urban drainage community. Water quality sensors give reliable, long-term data on various parameters and are necessary to understand the key dynamics. In this session, our Dutch distributor QSenz has organised a site visit to Wilhelmina Park where s::can sensors are deployed by Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland as part of their water quality monitoring project to ensure high quality bathing water.

Location: Wilhelmina Park (transport from IUCD to be included, 15mins from the conference)


16th International Conference on Urban Drainage 2024

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