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Innovation & Digital

Our technical experts and visionaries harness the power of technology to deliver transformative outcomes.

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About AECOM

At AECOM, we believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone.

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Innovation & Digital

Our technical experts and visionaries harness the power of technology to deliver transformative outcomes.

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Glasgow Smart Canal

Scotland, UK

Using meteorological forecasting data and sensors to enable real-time operational management, AECOM is developing a pioneering drainage system using modern technology and the Forth and Clyde Canal.

The concept will enable the canal to become an intelligent water management system proactively providing surface water storage when required and reducing flood risk to unlock regeneration within areas of Glasgow.

With sewer networks reaching design capacity across North Glasgow, fresh ideas for surface water management were needed to unlock future development potential and aid regeneration.

The North Glasgow Integrated Water Management System (NGIWMS) concept outlines the creation of a pioneering drainage system. Using exemplar sustainable drainage principles, the concept will provide flood risk reduction, water quality management and habitat improvement for local communities. Working with Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Water, AECOM is currently developing a live hydraulic model of the Forth and Clyde Canal to enable its future real-time operation. The model includes a set of controls that open and close the discharge and feeder sluices to lower the canal level to chosen set points based on anticipated storm runoff from forecast rainfall data. The storm runoff then raises the canal back to a normal operating level.

By providing a surface water conveyance route using existing infrastructure and reducing surface water management burdens from developers, the NGIWMS is supporting the development and regeneration of 2,600,000 square meters of land at a much lower cost compared to traditional engineered solutions.