New paper about Augmented Reality technologies for participated planning of water infrastructures

Our paper recently published on Technologies proposes a novel participated planning support system based on mobile and Augmented Reality technologies. These tools allow different stakeholders to take part in the review of a large dam project through an application that automatically acquires information available online and allows all stakeholders to share information. Virtual Prototyping technologies have been mainly used to enable a more realistic 3D models visualisation, to visualise projects in the real scene and, when paired with a networking system, for supporting maintenance activities. In our work, the project is shared between an arbitrary number of participants, that can fully and equally interact with it, using Augmented and Virtual Reality. Moreover, the system can be used indifferently with a desktop computer or a mobile phone and allows performing the following actions: creating the dam and editing its characteristics (e.g., typology, position, and height), saving different versions of the same project to compare the effects provided by different dam characteristics, inserting annotations and comments, or including pictures taken by people on-site to visualize the surrounding environment. Read more HERE.

Ros, A., M. Giuliani, G.W. Scurati, S. Graziosi, F. Ferrise, M. Bodegoni (2018), Participated Planning of Large Water Infrastructures through Virtual Prototyping Technologies, Technologies, 6(68)


Simone Bizzi has been invited to a 1-day conference at the Ecole Normal Superior of Lyon, France, to speak about dams and sediment discontinuity in the Po basin. The conference examined human-induced disturbance of sediment continuity at the river-basin scale and its potential management/restoration, from both a physical science and environmental history perspective. The conference focuses on three Mediterranean river basins, the Rhone, Ebro, and Po, drawing lessons from these relatively simple cases (picture from Kondolf & Piégay 2011). This conference is coordinated with a broader research effort initiated by Professor G Mathias Kondolf (UC Berkeley) and Asst Professor Giacomo Parrinello (Sciences Po), The Social Life of the Sediment Balance: A Social and Geomorphic Approach to the Transformation of River Systems and Deltas, supported by the France-Berkeley Fund and a UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix-Sciences Po collaboration grant. More info can be found here:

Ezra’s Round Table/Systems Seminar @Cornell

Andrea Castelletti has been invited to the  Ezra’s Round Table System Seminar series at Cornell University to talk about the NRM group’s research on the Italian lake district. The title of the talk was Soft-Path solutions for hard water problems: a journey in the drying Italian sub-alpine lake district. Ongoing changes in global climate are altering the hydrologic regime, expanding historically observed variability as well as increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme events. Evidence of this emerging behavior has been observed worldwide, including traditionally flood sensitive regions, such as the Italian Alps, where intensive droughts have repeatedly challenged agricultural and hydropower production in the last decade. Extensive model-based analyses carried out by the NRM group show that a soft-path approach can substantially mitigate the impact of changing climate, and help contrasting increasingly frequent and impacting droughts with little financial investment but a substantial shift in the existing water governance.  The webcast of the talk is  available here