Research Projects

Our research activities focus on key issues of sustainable management of water resources. Our activities contribute to improving the quality of life in cities.

The unit “Urban Systems” bundles all topics relating to the management of stormwater, wastewater and urban sewers. The “Process Innovation” unit addresses technical issues in the field of water and wastewater treatment. The unit “Groundwater” focuses to natural water treatment systems and well management.

Our projects are closely linked with topics which are relevant for the future and are particularly important for the development of Smart City Concepts: Energy efficiency, climate resilience, infrastructure, surface water protection, resources and digitisation. This way we help to integrate water as an essential component of public services into Smart City concepts.

Projects with start ealier than 2007 are available in the project-archive.

  • RELIABLE SEWER – Optimisation of Sewer Inspection and Rehabilitation Strategies

    Improving the reliability of current sewer deterioration modelling approaches

    Wastewater infrastructures including…

  • POWERSTEP – Energy from Wastewater

    Full scale demonstration of energy positive sewage treatment plant concepts towards market penetration

    The municipal wastewater in Europe contains a potential…

  • Hygienically Relevant Microorganisms and Pathogens in Multifunctional Water Bodies and Hydrologic Circles (FLUSSHYGIENE)

    Sustainable management of different types of water bodies in Germany

    Project Objectives The objective…

  • Strategies for the Continuous Monitoring of Flow Times (T-MON)

    Maintining natural water treatment without disinfection

    During routine operation, drinking water production in Berlin does not involve any…

  • KURAS – Urban Stormwater Management and Sewage Systems

    Development of guidelines for municipalities and the operators of sewer networks featuring low downhill gradients

    The project KURAS aims at t…

  • SEMA – Asset Management Strategies for Sewer Systems

    Test of precision and sensitivity of sewer deterioration models using several configurations of input data

    Asset management is an increasing…

  • OPTIWELLS 2 – Optimisation of Drinking Water Well Field Operation

    Energy savings and quality control

    Against the background of increasing energy prices and climate change, energy efficiency…

  • GStEW – Estate Drainage Schemes

    Survey on the legal framework linked with an analysis of the testing methods and restoration technologies applied in practice

    The production and leak testing of estate drainage schemes are subject to discussion in Berlin and throughout Germany. There is no consistency in practices and procedures with regard to official requirements for the leak testing and restoration of estate drainage schemes. In some cases, it is referred to DIN 1986-30. The project aims to get an overview on the legal frame conditions and the administrative procedures (deadlines,…

  • RIKO – Risk Analysis of Microbial Contamination of Drinking Water Wells

    Determination of preventive measures

    A special feature of Berlin’s drinking water production system is the absence of…

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