Costing 60 million Euro: Oberhausen Pumping Station on the Holtener Bruch is also currently known as the largest excavation pit in North Rhine-Westphalia. With a diameter of 45 meters and a depth of 45 meters, it is an important cornerstone of the Emscher conversion. The pumping station is one of the largest in Europe. "Supervising such a large and complex planning activity over such a long period of time is an incredible challenge, says Dipl.-Ing.Marc Althoff, the responsible Design Manager. The pumping station is part of the overall planning for the ecological transformation of the Emscher between Dortmund and Dinslaken and will annually feed approx. 170 million cubic meters of wastewater to the Emscher estuary waste water treatment plant. The architecturally accurate visual concept harmoniously integrates the building into the ecological reconstruction of the Emscher. The project comprises the provision of all services related to object and technical planning (structural engineering, technical Equipment)
Many municipalities have experienced how massive the damage caused by heavy rain can be in recent years. Targeted flood prevention against are heavy rainfall and flash floods is becoming increasingly important in this context. It represents a major challenge for the municipalities and is closely linked to the municipal adaptation to climate change. The establishment and implementation of coordinated rain risk management is on the one hand a new task. On the other hand, a flood preparedness system coordinated by the various specialist departments increases the complexity of planning and administrative processes and raises questions that are still unanswered. The project "Municipal Flood Prevention - Planners in Dialogue" of the German Institute for Urbanism (DIfU) in cooperation with DAHLEM and numerous experts from the various administrative departments of 15 German cities examined how flood prevention can be achieved within a network of municipalities. The project was funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) in the course of two years. The special feature of the project lies in the fact that the municipalities were represented in each case by the affected department (urban planning, environment, landscaping, roads, municipal water supply and sewerage, disaster control). In eight daily workshops, case studies were developed, where typical obstacles and problems but also possible solutions and success factors lie. Based on the practical experience of the municipalities, recommendations and solutions for administrative work within a municipality were summarized in a brochure. It serves as an aid to municipalities that want to get more involved in heavy rain protection and answers questions (FAQ) on the topics of organization, law, financing, planning/implementation and operation maintenance.
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Municipal flood prevention - planners in dialogue (4,5 MB)