Geovation Water Challenge


How can we better manage water use in Britain, sustainably?

This Challenge is now closed. The challenge ran from 1 December 2015 to 27 January 2016 (12noon). The winners of this challenge were:

Refillable Cities
Sustainable Catchments (Natural Flood Mitigation)
Fix our water

Geovation Camp was held at Ordnance Survey, Southampton 4-6 March.

The best ideas won support to research, develop and launch their product or service

The problems were grouped into 5 main themes:

Theme 1: Too little water
Theme 2: Too much water
Theme 3: Poor water quality
Theme 4: Ageing water infrastructure
Theme 5: Water use behaviour

The best ideas were invited into 12 month funded Geovation Programme to include financial, developer, and business support.
(@tsugumi)

Geovation Water Challenge

Hoover! Cooper! Whooper!

Water leakage in populated London has a cascading effect to city’s functions and the everyday life of its people. In cooperation with public transport services, data on condition changes as an early leakage sign can be collected periodically by a device installed on bus vehicles that are in motion on road networks across the city, which then will be uploaded and mapped using a web-based visualisation tool. Accuracy ...more »

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1 vote
(@spatialplatform)

Geovation Water Challenge

Water towers

The majority of rain that falls on the Uk falls on the West coast, Cornwall/Devon, Wales, Cumbria and the West Coast of Scotland. I want to look at how it’s possible to tackle the issue of “Too Much Water/Too Little Water”. I want to create an online referencing tool using OS opendata to create a website that can be used to view topography in a digital terrain model format. This tool would enable users to view and understand ...more »

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1 vote
(@alison.carruthers)

Geovation Water Challenge

Understanding your water world

Water is an essential resource but we constantly battle against too much, too little or poor quality water. Professional understanding water and the water cycle is important but bringing this understanding to everyone of all ages will help us to appreciate and manage our water resources sustainably now and in the future. Our aim is to provide an online hub for schools, clubs and organisations to download useful information ...more »

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1 vote
(@samjwjames)

Geovation Water Challenge

Interactive Multi-Criteria 'Dredgability' Web Map

Dredging of channels is a contentious issue that attracts significant media attention. Because of the political implications of dredging river channels, decision making in this area of flood management is contentious. There are a number of partners are responsible for mitigating flood risk, including the Environment Agency, Local Drainage Boards and Councils, but their dynamic has changed since the introduction of the ...more »

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1 vote

Geovation Water Challenge

Interactive sandbox and projection mapping for flood management

To create an interactive playbox which mixes layers of physical data with visual animation and feedback. The real-life sand in the box can be played with and the data is fed into the computer. The software processes parameters such as the height of the sand and hand motions made by the users; and then projects back onto the sand visual geographical information, including elevation, contour lines, rainfall and water flow ...more »

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2 votes
(@fiona.thomas)

Geovation Water Challenge

A Portal for Flooding Information

With the recent increase in floods across the UK, it would be ideal to have a portal that professionals and citizens could log relevant information. From the professional perspective there are lots of surveys, models and associated data being collected at different levels of government, at different geographies (e.g. detailed flooding studies in particular catchments or to support particular development plans) and by ...more »

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(@fiona.thomas)

Geovation Water Challenge

Education about Catchments

Recent flooding in Cumbria and Yorkshire have shown that many areas are at risk of flooding. Yet many people will not understand the impact of the catchment in flooding. In the US, there are several sites which educate the public about catchments, letting people know what they are, mapping their location and detailing their importance. They also aim to foster a sense of shared purpose and responsibility between communities ...more »

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(@fiona.thomas)

Geovation Water Challenge

Mapping Plastic Flotsam and Jetsam

Develop an app to allow citizen scientists and beachcombers to record instances of plastics being washed up on-shore, and place them on a map.

 

People are already forming Facebook groups for their local area to share finds and ask for help in identifying objects being washed up. Adding a spatial element, and allowing the data to be downloaded, would allow a more detailed picture of the problem to emerge.

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(@info0012)

Geovation Water Challenge

Amphibious Home Using Open Source Data

In the UK we will increasingly live on water or work on water due to the increasing effects of climate change. Planning policies are slowly shifting away from building more flood defences due to the continuing rising costs and towards acceptance that seas and rivers cannot be contained forever. Therefore we require innovative solutions when living with floods or on water like other European countries. One solution is ...more »

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1 vote
(@jc0000)

Geovation Water Challenge

Theme 4: Ageing Infrastructure - Problem 4.1 Map My Poo

Select a defined geographical area within the geographical boundaries of responsibility of Southern Water or United Utilities with the following characteristics apparent over a 5 year period: A number of rivers and canals with a high quality Environment Agency data set and where incidences of pollution have occurred Notable growth in population numbers and densities Notable change in land use, in particular the conduct ...more »

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(@dragontail.co.uk)

Geovation Water Challenge

Publication of Water Data

To make available data currently used by the water companies under an open data license. There is a perception that data such as pipe locations (deep dive section 5.10) are subject to OS intellectual property rights. In fact, unless a substantial part of the data is directly copied from OS features it can be released under an open data license.

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1 vote
(@nat0002)

Geovation Water Challenge

Refillable Cities: tapwater campaign to reduce marine plastic

Based on the model pioneered by Refill Bristol, Refillable Cities would see every city and town in the UK reduce its dependency on plastic-bottled water. The aim is to change the mindset of the public when it comes to single-use plastics and stem the flow of plastic litter reaching our oceans. Refill Bristol is a practical campaign to make Bristol a city in which refilling your water bottle becomes a cultural norm, ...more »

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6 votes