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The central challenge of the TaMIS (dam measuring information system) project is the reliable and real-time prediction of potential natural hazards caused by cascading effects in the vicinity of dams using the continuous and comprehensive survey and model-based analysis of associated geographic information.

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The TaMIS project extends the state-of-the-art through research on a highly innovative sensor technology based on underground sensor networks, a comprehensive communication architecture allowing the direct transmission of information via standardized interfaces and development of a detailed forecasting model for differentiated risk analysis, while leveraging existing measurement equipment. The well-balanced consortium consists of the dam operator Wupperverband, the SME TerraTransfer GmbH, the research organization 52°North GmbH and the Dortmund Technical University and is characterized by direct communication channels and strong experience in the conduct of research projects.

Project duration: 01.06.2015 - 30.11.2017

Natural hazards and natural disasters with a great potential for damage typically occur suddenly and are relatively unlikely. With the increasing occurrence probability of some natural hazards caused by climate change, the need for technical measurement systems to early detect the potential for damage is rising.
The TaMIS project focuses explicitly on dams, as these man-made structures are subject to direct natural exposure. Beyond that, as a large-scale facility, they have a significant potential for damage. This fact is addressed by the DIN 19700 - 2004, in which the management of residual risk, in addition to proper dimensioning of facilities, is explicitly required. Potential damages associated with dams usually stem from the failure of the structure due to overtopping, seepage water flow, and deformation. As part of a risk landscape that is constantly changing due to climatic changes and human impacts (urbanization), dam (systems) require continuous monitoring with various observations. These measures need to be quantitatively combined in order to extract maximum information.

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This project has been funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (03G0854A).

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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