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Tygron Geodesign Platform as the building blocks of the Edible Game 1.0

The Tygron Platform has been working to support scientists of the ICRA Catalan Institute for Water Research in developing an urban serious game. Edible Game 1.0 as a part of the Edible City Network project has been designed to help the cities to implement Edible City solutions and therefore improve the liveability of urban areas.

The Edible City Network is an international initiative that strives to improve the liveability of the cities through the implementation of Edible City Solutions. The projects objective is to find solutions to make cities more sustainable by planting greenery and crops within the urban space and through that, it hopes to increase the overall social welfare of the cities and strives towards making it climate and future proof.  The project is a result of multidisciplinary collaboration between different scholars, universities, local city administrators and non-governmental organizations and private enterprises all around the world which all work together for the same goal.

Tygron too plays a role in the initiative by giving the building blocks to a serious game Edible Game 1.0. The game has been developed by a team of scholars from the ICRA Catalan Institute for Water Research involved in the EdiCitNet project. Josep Pueyo-Ros, Lluís Corominas, Joaquim Comas, Joana Castellar and Alexandra Popartan have developed the game in the hope that it will help with designing the transition of the cities into spaces which align with the objectives of the Edible City Networks. The game was designed to present the major urban challenges and to understand how different Edible City Solutions can address them. It provides the players with knowledge base and methodology to successfully implement the Edible Cities Solutions which will suit their city’s needs best.

Edible Game 1.0 – street view of Girona

The first version of the game has been based on the map of Girona, the city where the game’s designers are based in. The game however, because of the fact that the Tygron Platform is based on a gaming engine,  can be applied to and played in all of the cities that belong to the Edible Cities Network. The game can be played from 9 different perspectives, as every player represents a different stakeholder group. Among them are the municipality, tourism promoter, neighbour’s organization and the educational sector. In order to reach an optimal outcome in the game and implement the Edible City Solutions successfully, the players need to be in constant dialogue with each other. Every player has a defined budget and goals that they are striving towards. All of the players’ actions influence the indicators which in order for the scenario to be a success, need to be kept at a certain level. For the purpose of the game, new indicators such as the absorbed NO2, people involved, jobs created and food production were created. During the gameplay, the players make use of different overlays which help them to make informed decisions. These overlays give the players the access to information on, among others, the heat stress effect, distance to green areas, NO2 emissions, food production and the locations of plots available for urban agriculture.

NO2 emissions overlay showing the concentration of NO2 in the city of Girona

The game can be used by policymakers and urban planners for scenario testing as it provides feedback on taken actions. In real time, it visualizes the changes made in a 3D model of the area and indicates what influence they have on different aspects of the area. The simulation properties of the software make it a tool perfectly suitable for experimentation and testing different proposed solutions.  Moreover, because of the fact that the game is played by various stakeholders which need to debate with each other during the game play to reach a desired outcome, the Platform is a tool suitable for participatory planning approach where the citizens discuss about a problem together with urban planners. The game gives the players the opportunity to empathize with the other stakeholders of the city and understand their, sometimes conflicting, interests.

The holistic approach to city planning with the Tygron Platform

In 2021 the Netherlands will face a major change in environmental laws. The approaching implementation of the Omgevingswet (Environment and Planning act) is expected to bring many improvements for citizens, but also requires the reorganization of  work processes of municipalities and a shift in their approach to city planning. In  order to find out what the future of city planning will look like, and in order to see if tools like the Tygron Platform can be important in the process, Tygron reached out to Hans Wisse, a former project secretary of the implementation of the Omgevingswet in The Hague Municipality and an advisor at Ludanta. In his work, he has considerable experience in working with the Tygron Platform as well as in leading Serious Gaming sessions with the use of the Tygron software.

Spatial planning

In the light of the Omgevingswet, according to Wisse, there needs to be a shift in approach to city planning. Currently, the discussions about urban problems and urban solutions are conducted with limited spatial awareness and with the use of two-dimensional plans. This way, the problems are tackled with little attention to the fact that every problem exists in relation to multiple factors and that every solution to this problem will have an effect not only on the direct issue but also on the environment in which it exists. Policymakers and city planners, according to Wisse, need to start planning three-dimensionally. They need to see the space, which is the subject to their discussion as well as they need to understand the other factors which are tied to the problem that they are trying to tackle. Wisse compares the urban environment to a living organism where one problem treated by a specialist might result in major consequences for other vital organs in the body. Therefore, city planners need to treat the urban problems holistically, paying attention not only to the immediate issue but also to the effect that the solution will have on other parts of the urban ecosystem. 

Working integrally

In order for this vision to become reality, it is crucial that policymaker and planners specialized in different domains work integrally. Currently, policymakers are required to make laws and regulations for each domain individually. The cooperation between the different departments is limited yet, in light of the objectives of the new Environmental Act, in order for the city planning to be effective different specialists need to work together.

As Wisse says, such a way of working is a result of the well-established work manner within  municipalities. Switching to a more horizontal, collaborative city planning is a big step that the municipalities are slowly making. In order to make the transition process easier, Hans Wisse says that he searched for a digital medium that would help bring different stakeholders together and be a starting point to productive discussions. The tool that he saw potential in was the Tygron Platform.

Kijkduin 2- a serious game developed by Ludanta based on the Tygron Platform

With the help of Ludanta, Wisse now uses the Tygron software and serious gaming to introduce the municipality workers to a new way of planning the cities. According to him, such a way of deployment of the software is the most approachable way of introducing the new tool. Among the serious games used by Wisse to tackle city-planning problems are the Kijkduin 1 and 2 developed by Ludanta. In the interactive game sessions, different stakeholders are gathered together to debate and to find an optimal solution to a problem. In order to achieve their goals, the game requires the participants to make compromises. The team goal is more important than the goals of the individual stakeholders and in order to reach it, the participants need to negotiate and discuss the issue together. As Wisse says, the Tygron Platform provides the participants with a visual presentation of the problem area and the situation. That way, the area, and the issue discussed become transparent and the stakeholders are provided with a sense of reality. The proposed solution and the discussions held at the table are no longer two dimensional and theoretical. Thanks to the Platform, they come to life and are visualized to the participants. The problems are shown to be a part of a bigger system. It is made clear that they are a part of a web of different, co-existing aspects of the city and therefore, the participants see how important it is that the city-plans need to be made with the joined effort. The Platform provides a safe space for creative thinking, testing, and experimenting with possible solutions without the threat of making mistakes.

Civic participation

Currently, the Kijkduin application is used for gaming sessions for civil servants as well as the citizens. Both groups are however participating separately. According to Wisse, the next step is to use the Tygron Platform to hold discussions at one table with both, citizens and the city planners. Municipalities cannot succeed in their work without the input of the citizens. The citizens are the experts that the municipality needs, says Wisse. They live in the area day to day, they are the ones who know everything about the needs and the problems of their city. It is therefore crucial that these two groups work together more closely, and the cooperation between them can be made easier and more effective if supported by tools such as the Tygron Platform.

Using the Tygron Geodesign Platform within the Dutch Municipalities

In an interview with Tygron, Edward de Wit, a senior policy officer, shares his experiences in using the Tygron Geodesign Platform.

Edward de Wit is a senior policy officer working by the Authorization and Supervision department by one of the big Dutch municipalities. In his work, he is currently using the Tygron Geodesign Platform in a project about nitrogen pollution where he aims to gain insights into the nitrogen deposition caused by the building sites. Having considerable experience in using the Platform, de Wit shares in an interview with Tygron insights on affordances of the software, its practical applications and the data culture within the municipality.

Nitrogen pollution made visible in the Tygron Platform

Tygron Platform for the Environmental and Planning Act

According to de Wit, the innovation to the public management that Tygron brings, is of value in the light of the new Environmental and Planning Act which will be put to work in January 2021. One of the aims of the new law is making the spatial laws simpler and more accessible to the citizens. A solution which would help reach this goal is the so called Digtaal Stelsel Omgevingswet (DSO), a system which would let the citizen view an area on which he wants to build and show him on a map if his building plans are aligned with the rules posed by the government. Such way of verifying building plans would simplify the long and complicated procedure of applying for building permit. According to de Wit, such shift in the law is only possible once the government possesses the right tools to support such functions. Tygron, among other simulation software is suitable for this purpose. Even though the technical base for such innovations already exists, the government is cautious with handing such tools into the hands of the citizens not only because of financial matters but also because of the possible mistake margin of the calculations and the prediction performed by such software. Therefore, according to de Wit, the incorporation of simulation software in the permit assigning process is a discussion point in the government agenda, but only in distant future. 

Data culture within the municipality

In the department where de Wit works, there is not so much scepticism about the data used for the calculations in the Tygron Platform. The data which is used for the calculations belongs to the department and is accepted as the truth. In their work, the employees of the Authorization and Supervision department are also making use of the Aerius model developed by the province, therefore they do not feel the need to verify the data. Asked about the general data culture within the municipality, de Wit says that the institution has at its disposal a general ICT and data department. The municipality has however ambitious plans to strive towards becoming a more data driven municipality. To reach their goals, the municipality had developed an extensive data-strategy for the years 2020-2022. One of the objectives of the innovation programme mentioned by de Wit is that every department within the municipality should have a data specialist who would give advice on data related topics and who would help in preparing the data so that it can be reused by other departments.

De Wit is positively inclined towards the Tygron Platform. According to him, the visualisation properties of the software are impressive, and it is a great communication tool which can support the discussion among multiple specialists from various domains who decide upon the building permits. There are however steps to be taken with regard to the tool to make it available to the citizens. At first, says de Wit, the tool will be used for solving the nitrogen problem and if successful, the municipality will broaden the application of the software to other challenging issues such as the external security, noise and air quality.

Tygron for improving spatial planning in the Utrecht Province

Maarten van Helden is a senior sustainable development advisor at the Province of Utrecht who works day to day with the Tygron Geodesign Platform. In an interview with Tygron, he shares insights on the improvements that the Platform brought to his work processes, the reactions within the municipalities to the software and the collaboration between Tygron and the Utrecht Province to create new, custom features that improve the usability of the Platform.

Benefits of the Tygron Platform

According to Van Helden, the incorporation of the Tygron Platform into the work processes of the province brought beneficial change to the development of spatial plans. The major advantages of the tool are the visualisation capabilities of the software. The tool can turn a chosen two-dimensional area on the map into a three dimensional interactive model. It can be applied to any area and the user has instant access to multiple information layers (overlays) that can be drawn over the neighbourhood or area. Without the software, any change proposed to the area needs to be first calculated and subsequently, a new map needs to be drawn. This delays the decision process as drawing such plans and making the calculations can take days. The Tygron Platform, however, allows to make changes to the plan and assess their impact to the area almost instantly. That way, time and effort can be saved and the decision making and planning process can accelerate.

Quality scores developed for the Utrecht Province in the Tygron Platform

Tygron for Utrecht Province

At the Utrecht Province, the Tygron software is helping Van Helden and his team to develop quality scores of varieties of aspects of the environment. Issues such as noise pollution, air pollution, energy and soil quality are assigned a score from 1 to 10 which gives the urban planners insight into the state of these aspects in the current situation. The scores are calculated by the Tygron software automatically, however the meaning behind the numerical values is decided by Van Helden and a team of specialists who have expertise in various domains related to urban planning. In order for the plan to be approved, all indicators need to be above 6. According to Van Helden, the province is not satisfied with plans which score just above the legal minimum. The advisors are not focusing on what is allowed but they strive to explore which solutions will guarantee the best possible health and living conditions for the people. If certain scores are not satisfactory, the user can take different actions in the platform which could potentially improve the situation and test what influence on the area they will have by running a simulation. According to Van Helden, because of the fact that every decision has an influence on the other aspects of the environment, every issue and every choice needs to be discussed by multiple specialists which are involved in making the urban plans. Even though some scores are impossible to be objectively measured, they are contributing to the discussion because they put the discussed issue in context and provide the planners with a sense of perspective.

Working with Tygron to create custom solutions

While working with the Tygron Platform, van Helden and his team often rely on the assistance of the GIS department within the Utrecht Province which, holding expertise in Geo data, helps them to translate the maps into the software and create custom calculation models. According to Van Helden, even with the help of the GIS department in developing custom solutions catered to the needs of his team, there is need for thought exchange between his team and Tygron as often specialistic features need to be developed in order for the software to support his projects. Holding a partnership with Tygron, Van Helden, his team and the GIS department are in constant dialogue with Tygron and its’ developers about how the software can be adjusted, and improved, and which features can be added to meet the needs of the users.

Reactions to the software within municipalities

Through using the Tygron Platform by multiple various projects within the Utrecht Province as well as in various Dutch municipalities, Van Helden and his team have gained considerable number of insights on how the employees of governmental organizations react to the software. The visualization properties of the platform evoke positive reactions among the users and make them gain trust in visualized information quickly. It is common that the users are often impressed with the realistic image generated by the software and do not always question the scores and results predicted by the software. Even though not everyone is reflecting upon the calculations performed by the tool and the data fed into the software, there is a considerable number of users who ask good and interesting questions about the innerworkings of the tool.  According to the observations of Van Helden, the Platform is a tool which aids the discussion and by showing the issue in relation to other aspects to the area, gives context to the discussed problem and motivates the specialists to work and debate together.

Giving advice to smaller municipalities

 

From the experience of Van Helden and his team, the advice that they give to urban planners influences the plan initially, however, as they can only join the project for a short amount of time, the plans can develop in a different than the advised direction. As Van Helden mentions, keeping knowledge within the organization is difficult as some small municipalities have limited access to advisors with expertise in the Tygron software. He claims that best results are achieved when the Tygron Platform is incorporated in the planning process right at the beginning of the project. Changing spatial plans halfway usually results in high costs.

Looking into the future

In the interview, Van Helden mentions a number of possible applications of the Platform which might become more common in the near future. According to him, at the moment, little social data is used by the province while working with the Platform. The province has the access to basic social data such as the information about jobs and income of the area, it is however difficult to combine it with spatial planning. It is therefore not yet the focus while working with the software. Van Helden indicates however that it might be more incorporated in the future. Another possible application of the software which is exceptionally relevant in the light of the Omgevingswet (Environmental and Planning Act) is using the Platform as Digital System (DSO) which can inform the citizens about the spatial laws and help to communicates urban plans to them.

Related Post:

https://www.tygron.com/en/2018/07/17/provincie-utrecht-gebruikt-tygron-platform-voor-omgevingswet/

Climate adaptive design of the Amersfoort Station Area; How a Digital Twin can help.

It’s getting warmer and drier. Rain showers are getting shorter and heavier. It is a reason for the municipality of Amersfoort to take a good look at the design of the railway station area. The station area is centrally located in the city. A lot of people come here every day and it is an important part of the city’s economy and a central place for commuting between home and work.

The municipality would like to improve this important part of the city and make it climate adaptive. For this purpose, an area plan has been drawn up.

The area vision for the Station area in a Digital Twin For more information on the area vision, see: https://www.amersfoort.nl/project/aanpak-stationsgebied.htm

How effective is the vision that the municipality has for the area? How do we keep the station area of Amersfoort liveable during a heat wave? How can we keep the station of Amersfoort accessible during an extreme rain shower?

Workshop EU project SCOREwater

These questions were central to the workshop as part of the SCOREwater project. SCOREwater (www.scorewater.eu) is an H2020 project in which different stakeholders in three cities in Europe (Amersfoort, Barcelona and Gothenburg) work together to deploy and develop digital tools for making cities climate adaptive.

In the workshop, the municipality of Amersfoort, the Vallei and Veluwe Water Board looked together with Tygron into how big data, smart algorithms and a Digital Twin can help achieve better, integrated decision-making. The central topic was the climate-adaptive design of the Amersfoort railway station area, taking into account accessibility, quality of life and employment.

The climate-adaptive design of the station area should go hand in hand with important themes such as accessibility, quality of life and employment. And when different subjects come together, several departments of the municipality are involved. When different departments are involved, the complexity increases, because multiple goals, means and criteria come together in the same area.

In the workshop, we jointly worked out a number of objective criteria against which the future layout of the station area can be tested. This resulted in a number of quantitative objectives with regard to the future layout of the area, including:

  • In case of a T=100 storm, the station must remain accessible for passengers via a path of at least 10m in width. This sort of a rainfall can occur once every 100 years.
  • To reduce heat stress, the PET must drop 10 degrees Celsius. PET is a standardised representation of the degree of heat stress experienced by an average person.
  • The green/pavement ratio must be 50%

Analysis of climate adaptivity with digital twin.

The criteria for a climate adaptive design are built into the Tygron Platform. With the help of the platform a Digital Twin has been made of the station area. The software does this on the basis of geographical information about the terrain, buildings and land use. Here you can see a video of the Digital Twin of the Station Area.

Subsequently, a number of designs were tested to see whether they meet these criteria. In the Digital Twin, a T=100 shower was simulated. In the simulation of the course of the rainstorm, it can be seen that the water flows from the hill to the much lower station area and puddles arise there. For more information about the water module in Tygron, read here: https://www.tygron.com/nl/2020/02/12/the-water-module/ .

The heat stress module has been used to calculate the wind chill temperature on an extremely hot day, as happened a few times in the summer of 2019. For more information about the heat stress module in Tygron, read here: https://www.tygron.com/nl/2020/02/12/dpra-heat-module/ .

It is well visible how much shade and cooling is provided in the plan of the Station area by the trees. One of the key performance indicators is the “green indicator”. This shows the ratio of green and grey (paving). One of the objectives was to achieve 50%. The analysis with the digital twin shows that the new vision achieves this goal.

Groningen and Tauw together for a climate-proof municipality

The Municipality of Groningen has already carried out the stress tests as part of the Delta Programme Spatial Adaptation (DPRA) and asked Tauw for support for the next steps, namely risk dialogue and implementation.

Senior Climate Adaptation Advisor from Tauw, Monique de Groot explains how she approaches her work: “Our method is to first conduct a dialogue internally after the stress tests and determine with each other which situations are acceptable, undesirable or unacceptable. By doing so, we set the priorities and offer an action perspective at the same time”.

An acceptable situation does not require physical measures; information and communication are sufficient. An undesirable situation is not acute but requires action over time. That is the reason for why these areas are linked to long-term maintenance plans so that they can be climate-proofed relatively easily. Unacceptable situations require immediate intervention and short-term measures.

Guiding principles

Policymakers and administrators from all levels of the municipality, safety experts, the Municipal Health Service as well as the province and the water board, are involved in the internal dialogue. This way, situations are presented from different angles and the municipality comes up with a widely supported set of guiding principles.

Monique de Groot: “A few of these guiding principles are, for example, ‘in new buildings, no water nuisance may occur from the public space in the event of a 60mm storm’ or ‘on roads, no water may be left on the street in the event of a 60mm storm’. What these guiding principles mean in practice and which measures are most effective in this respect, we have worked out together with the municipality’s project leader in the Reitdiep zone”.

Flooding

The Reitdiepzone is an area under development that offers space for large-scale youth housing, social and free sector rentals for starters and properties for sale. With the Tygron Platform, the effects of this development on the occurrence of flooding in the area and the adjoining northern ring road have been mapped out. Subsequently, various cost and effectiveness

measures were calculated in the Tygron Platform, such as a water storage road, a bioswale, green roofs and raising ground levels.

The chosen measures are currently being further developed per subarea in specification drawings or are included in agreements with project developers.

Climate proof

By 2050, municipalities in the Netherlands must be climate-proof. A stress test must therefore be carried out by the end of 2019 and, following dialogue with stakeholders, an implementation programme must be drawn up by the end of 2020.

In the Delta Programme Spatial Adaptation (DPRA) standards have been drawn up for carrying out these stress tests. The municipalities themselves determine which consequences of climate change are acceptable for their areas.

The vision of the municipality of The Hague

The Tygron Platform makes it possible for the initiator, stakeholders and competent authority to, with a single click on the map, gain insight into what can and cannot be done at a certain location and what rules apply.

All relevant information comes from public sources (e.g. PDKO) or can be added by a consultancy firm or the experts from a municipality itself. All this data automatically feeds models for traffic, environment, noise and external safety and is linked to Tygron’s Geodesign Platform.

The effects of initiatives in the physical living environment are thus weighed integrally and the result of an initiative is presented to the stakeholders in an accessible way.

Important information about the living environment and the changes that are implemented in it are immediately visible in a realistic 3D world. Because the data in the model is reliable and easily available, the model helps in good and fast decision making.

Case study The Hague

The municipality of The Hague works a lot with the Tygron Platform. In order to make the municipalities long-term goals clear, the municipality of The Hague made this video.

The Economic Value of Natural Capital

Nature is not only essential for the welfare of humans and animals, it also represents great economic value. We are therefore working on a new measure of the value of so-called natural capital.

Project: Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services in Tygron

Customer: RIVM

The natural capital consists of services and supplies provided by nature. Think of food production or cooling in the city. Natural capital contributes to people’s well-being and prosperity. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has calculation models that make the improvement of health measurable in terms of years of life and money. These are available in the Atlas Natural Capital.

Particulate matter and heat stress

RIVM and Tygron have worked together to provide dynamic insight into these calculation models in the Tygron Platform. For example, the capture of PM10 (particulate matters) and the direct effect on health were implemented, as well as heat stress and building values. Together with RIVM, Tygron developed a 3D demo in which the impact of designs on ecosystem services becomes clear, and what results are for the environment.

Greenery or pavement

The demo uses data from the Atlas Natural Capital. It shows the possibilities to let green contribute to a more pleasant living environment and health. What works well and how can you asses that? What are the consequences if you place shrubs instead of pavement? What does a widening of a road do with the amount of particulate matters and noise pollution? The 3D demo makes this clear in an interactive way based on a case study around the Merwedekanaal in Utrecht.

Ton de Nijs of RIVM on the project: “We wanted to test how natural capital and ecosystem services could be elaborated in Tygron. The final demo showed very nicely how this can indeed be included in these kinds of tools”.

Atlas Natural Capital

Currently, the value of natural capital on prosperity is not yet taken into account in government and business decisions, in spatial planning or in the design of production chains. That is why a new measure of the value of natural capital is being developed. The Atlas Natural Capital helps with this. The Atlas contains a lot of information about the contributions of our natural system, ecosystems and the services they provide to us, such as food production or cooling in the city.

Tygron EDU-event, April 9th, 2020: Share and Inspire

On the 9th of April 2020 we hosted the annual Tygron Edu-Event. It was an online event this year and it went very well, so big smiles in our editorial room.

 

 

The EDU Event is Tygron’s longest running event thanks to our strong and active community. Educational institutions like to share their experiences of working with the Tygron Platform and learn from each other. More schools are starting to integrate our software in the curriculum and the need for workable examples has grown exponentially.

Program:

00:10:00 Welcome and introduction by Tygron (Hedi van Dijk)

10:48 Maxim Knepflé, Godelief Abilakh Missier, GIS-specialist: GIS and Geodesign: Importing REVIT models, Using ESRI and QGis, WFS connection, Q&A

00:34:25  Mendel Giezen of the University of Amsterdam explains how he integrated the Tygron Platform in the course Climate Proof Development of Cities and Strategic Planning in 2019. How did he do it and what are his findings? There is room for live questions.

1:10:05  Henk van Hardeveld, Waternet talks about his experiences with guiding students, about his own PhD research in which Tygron played an important role and about the added value of Tygron for the water field

1:32:30  Karin Wilterdink, Aeres hogeschool: Using Tygron in online teaching methods.

1 :47:35 Q&A, Round up by Tygron with room for online interaction. Share your thoughts and feelings and ideas for the future.

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  • Q & A’s will follow soon

Tygron Geodesign Platform as the building blocks of the Edible Game 1.0

The Tygron Platform has been working to support scientists of the ICRA Catalan Institute for Water Research in developing an urban serious game. Edible Game 1.0 as a part of the Edible City Network project has been designed to help the cities to implement Edible City solutions and therefore improve the liveability of urban areas.

The Edible City Network is an international initiative that strives to improve the liveability of the cities through the implementation of Edible City Solutions. The projects objective is to find solutions to make cities more sustainable by planting greenery and crops within the urban space and through that, it hopes to increase the overall social welfare of the cities and strives towards making it climate and future proof.  The project is a result of multidisciplinary collaboration between different scholars, universities, local city administrators and non-governmental organizations and private enterprises all around the world which all work together for the same goal.

Tygron too plays a role in the initiative by giving the building blocks to a serious game Edible Game 1.0. The game has been developed by a team of scholars from the ICRA Catalan Institute for Water Research involved in the EdiCitNet project. Josep Pueyo-Ros, Lluís Corominas, Joaquim Comas, Joana Castellar and Alexandra Popartan have developed the game in the hope that it will help with designing the transition of the cities into spaces which align with the objectives of the Edible City Networks. The game was designed to present the major urban challenges and to understand how different Edible City Solutions can address them. It provides the players with knowledge base and methodology to successfully implement the Edible Cities Solutions which will suit their city’s needs best.

Edible Game 1.0 – street view of Girona

The first version of the game has been based on the map of Girona, the city where the game’s designers are based in. The game however, because of the fact that the Tygron Platform is based on a gaming engine,  can be applied to and played in all of the cities that belong to the Edible Cities Network. The game can be played from 9 different perspectives, as every player represents a different stakeholder group. Among them are the municipality, tourism promoter, neighbour’s organization and the educational sector. In order to reach an optimal outcome in the game and implement the Edible City Solutions successfully, the players need to be in constant dialogue with each other. Every player has a defined budget and goals that they are striving towards. All of the players’ actions influence the indicators which in order for the scenario to be a success, need to be kept at a certain level. For the purpose of the game, new indicators such as the absorbed NO2, people involved, jobs created and food production were created. During the gameplay, the players make use of different overlays which help them to make informed decisions. These overlays give the players the access to information on, among others, the heat stress effect, distance to green areas, NO2 emissions, food production and the locations of plots available for urban agriculture.

NO2 emissions overlay showing the concentration of NO2 in the city of Girona

The game can be used by policymakers and urban planners for scenario testing as it provides feedback on taken actions. In real time, it visualizes the changes made in a 3D model of the area and indicates what influence they have on different aspects of the area. The simulation properties of the software make it a tool perfectly suitable for experimentation and testing different proposed solutions.  Moreover, because of the fact that the game is played by various stakeholders which need to debate with each other during the game play to reach a desired outcome, the Platform is a tool suitable for participatory planning approach where the citizens discuss about a problem together with urban planners. The game gives the players the opportunity to empathize with the other stakeholders of the city and understand their, sometimes conflicting, interests.

The holistic approach to city planning with the Tygron Platform

In 2021 the Netherlands will face a major change in environmental laws. The approaching implementation of the Omgevingswet (Environment and Planning act) is expected to bring many improvements for citizens, but also requires the reorganization of  work processes of municipalities and a shift in their approach to city planning. In  order to find out what the future of city planning will look like, and in order to see if tools like the Tygron Platform can be important in the process, Tygron reached out to Hans Wisse, a former project secretary of the implementation of the Omgevingswet in The Hague Municipality and an advisor at Ludanta. In his work, he has considerable experience in working with the Tygron Platform as well as in leading Serious Gaming sessions with the use of the Tygron software.

Spatial planning

In the light of the Omgevingswet, according to Wisse, there needs to be a shift in approach to city planning. Currently, the discussions about urban problems and urban solutions are conducted with limited spatial awareness and with the use of two-dimensional plans. This way, the problems are tackled with little attention to the fact that every problem exists in relation to multiple factors and that every solution to this problem will have an effect not only on the direct issue but also on the environment in which it exists. Policymakers and city planners, according to Wisse, need to start planning three-dimensionally. They need to see the space, which is the subject to their discussion as well as they need to understand the other factors which are tied to the problem that they are trying to tackle. Wisse compares the urban environment to a living organism where one problem treated by a specialist might result in major consequences for other vital organs in the body. Therefore, city planners need to treat the urban problems holistically, paying attention not only to the immediate issue but also to the effect that the solution will have on other parts of the urban ecosystem. 

Working integrally

In order for this vision to become reality, it is crucial that policymaker and planners specialized in different domains work integrally. Currently, policymakers are required to make laws and regulations for each domain individually. The cooperation between the different departments is limited yet, in light of the objectives of the new Environmental Act, in order for the city planning to be effective different specialists need to work together.

As Wisse says, such a way of working is a result of the well-established work manner within  municipalities. Switching to a more horizontal, collaborative city planning is a big step that the municipalities are slowly making. In order to make the transition process easier, Hans Wisse says that he searched for a digital medium that would help bring different stakeholders together and be a starting point to productive discussions. The tool that he saw potential in was the Tygron Platform.

Kijkduin 2- a serious game developed by Ludanta based on the Tygron Platform

With the help of Ludanta, Wisse now uses the Tygron software and serious gaming to introduce the municipality workers to a new way of planning the cities. According to him, such a way of deployment of the software is the most approachable way of introducing the new tool. Among the serious games used by Wisse to tackle city-planning problems are the Kijkduin 1 and 2 developed by Ludanta. In the interactive game sessions, different stakeholders are gathered together to debate and to find an optimal solution to a problem. In order to achieve their goals, the game requires the participants to make compromises. The team goal is more important than the goals of the individual stakeholders and in order to reach it, the participants need to negotiate and discuss the issue together. As Wisse says, the Tygron Platform provides the participants with a visual presentation of the problem area and the situation. That way, the area, and the issue discussed become transparent and the stakeholders are provided with a sense of reality. The proposed solution and the discussions held at the table are no longer two dimensional and theoretical. Thanks to the Platform, they come to life and are visualized to the participants. The problems are shown to be a part of a bigger system. It is made clear that they are a part of a web of different, co-existing aspects of the city and therefore, the participants see how important it is that the city-plans need to be made with the joined effort. The Platform provides a safe space for creative thinking, testing, and experimenting with possible solutions without the threat of making mistakes.

Civic participation

Currently, the Kijkduin application is used for gaming sessions for civil servants as well as the citizens. Both groups are however participating separately. According to Wisse, the next step is to use the Tygron Platform to hold discussions at one table with both, citizens and the city planners. Municipalities cannot succeed in their work without the input of the citizens. The citizens are the experts that the municipality needs, says Wisse. They live in the area day to day, they are the ones who know everything about the needs and the problems of their city. It is therefore crucial that these two groups work together more closely, and the cooperation between them can be made easier and more effective if supported by tools such as the Tygron Platform.

Using the Tygron Geodesign Platform within the Dutch Municipalities

In an interview with Tygron, Edward de Wit, a senior policy officer, shares his experiences in using the Tygron Geodesign Platform.

Edward de Wit is a senior policy officer working by the Authorization and Supervision department by one of the big Dutch municipalities. In his work, he is currently using the Tygron Geodesign Platform in a project about nitrogen pollution where he aims to gain insights into the nitrogen deposition caused by the building sites. Having considerable experience in using the Platform, de Wit shares in an interview with Tygron insights on affordances of the software, its practical applications and the data culture within the municipality.

Nitrogen pollution made visible in the Tygron Platform

Tygron Platform for the Environmental and Planning Act

According to de Wit, the innovation to the public management that Tygron brings, is of value in the light of the new Environmental and Planning Act which will be put to work in January 2021. One of the aims of the new law is making the spatial laws simpler and more accessible to the citizens. A solution which would help reach this goal is the so called Digtaal Stelsel Omgevingswet (DSO), a system which would let the citizen view an area on which he wants to build and show him on a map if his building plans are aligned with the rules posed by the government. Such way of verifying building plans would simplify the long and complicated procedure of applying for building permit. According to de Wit, such shift in the law is only possible once the government possesses the right tools to support such functions. Tygron, among other simulation software is suitable for this purpose. Even though the technical base for such innovations already exists, the government is cautious with handing such tools into the hands of the citizens not only because of financial matters but also because of the possible mistake margin of the calculations and the prediction performed by such software. Therefore, according to de Wit, the incorporation of simulation software in the permit assigning process is a discussion point in the government agenda, but only in distant future. 

Data culture within the municipality

In the department where de Wit works, there is not so much scepticism about the data used for the calculations in the Tygron Platform. The data which is used for the calculations belongs to the department and is accepted as the truth. In their work, the employees of the Authorization and Supervision department are also making use of the Aerius model developed by the province, therefore they do not feel the need to verify the data. Asked about the general data culture within the municipality, de Wit says that the institution has at its disposal a general ICT and data department. The municipality has however ambitious plans to strive towards becoming a more data driven municipality. To reach their goals, the municipality had developed an extensive data-strategy for the years 2020-2022. One of the objectives of the innovation programme mentioned by de Wit is that every department within the municipality should have a data specialist who would give advice on data related topics and who would help in preparing the data so that it can be reused by other departments.

De Wit is positively inclined towards the Tygron Platform. According to him, the visualisation properties of the software are impressive, and it is a great communication tool which can support the discussion among multiple specialists from various domains who decide upon the building permits. There are however steps to be taken with regard to the tool to make it available to the citizens. At first, says de Wit, the tool will be used for solving the nitrogen problem and if successful, the municipality will broaden the application of the software to other challenging issues such as the external security, noise and air quality.

Tygron for improving spatial planning in the Utrecht Province

Maarten van Helden is a senior sustainable development advisor at the Province of Utrecht who works day to day with the Tygron Geodesign Platform. In an interview with Tygron, he shares insights on the improvements that the Platform brought to his work processes, the reactions within the municipalities to the software and the collaboration between Tygron and the Utrecht Province to create new, custom features that improve the usability of the Platform.

Benefits of the Tygron Platform

According to Van Helden, the incorporation of the Tygron Platform into the work processes of the province brought beneficial change to the development of spatial plans. The major advantages of the tool are the visualisation capabilities of the software. The tool can turn a chosen two-dimensional area on the map into a three dimensional interactive model. It can be applied to any area and the user has instant access to multiple information layers (overlays) that can be drawn over the neighbourhood or area. Without the software, any change proposed to the area needs to be first calculated and subsequently, a new map needs to be drawn. This delays the decision process as drawing such plans and making the calculations can take days. The Tygron Platform, however, allows to make changes to the plan and assess their impact to the area almost instantly. That way, time and effort can be saved and the decision making and planning process can accelerate.

Quality scores developed for the Utrecht Province in the Tygron Platform

Tygron for Utrecht Province

At the Utrecht Province, the Tygron software is helping Van Helden and his team to develop quality scores of varieties of aspects of the environment. Issues such as noise pollution, air pollution, energy and soil quality are assigned a score from 1 to 10 which gives the urban planners insight into the state of these aspects in the current situation. The scores are calculated by the Tygron software automatically, however the meaning behind the numerical values is decided by Van Helden and a team of specialists who have expertise in various domains related to urban planning. In order for the plan to be approved, all indicators need to be above 6. According to Van Helden, the province is not satisfied with plans which score just above the legal minimum. The advisors are not focusing on what is allowed but they strive to explore which solutions will guarantee the best possible health and living conditions for the people. If certain scores are not satisfactory, the user can take different actions in the platform which could potentially improve the situation and test what influence on the area they will have by running a simulation. According to Van Helden, because of the fact that every decision has an influence on the other aspects of the environment, every issue and every choice needs to be discussed by multiple specialists which are involved in making the urban plans. Even though some scores are impossible to be objectively measured, they are contributing to the discussion because they put the discussed issue in context and provide the planners with a sense of perspective.

Working with Tygron to create custom solutions

While working with the Tygron Platform, van Helden and his team often rely on the assistance of the GIS department within the Utrecht Province which, holding expertise in Geo data, helps them to translate the maps into the software and create custom calculation models. According to Van Helden, even with the help of the GIS department in developing custom solutions catered to the needs of his team, there is need for thought exchange between his team and Tygron as often specialistic features need to be developed in order for the software to support his projects. Holding a partnership with Tygron, Van Helden, his team and the GIS department are in constant dialogue with Tygron and its’ developers about how the software can be adjusted, and improved, and which features can be added to meet the needs of the users.

Reactions to the software within municipalities

Through using the Tygron Platform by multiple various projects within the Utrecht Province as well as in various Dutch municipalities, Van Helden and his team have gained considerable number of insights on how the employees of governmental organizations react to the software. The visualization properties of the platform evoke positive reactions among the users and make them gain trust in visualized information quickly. It is common that the users are often impressed with the realistic image generated by the software and do not always question the scores and results predicted by the software. Even though not everyone is reflecting upon the calculations performed by the tool and the data fed into the software, there is a considerable number of users who ask good and interesting questions about the innerworkings of the tool.  According to the observations of Van Helden, the Platform is a tool which aids the discussion and by showing the issue in relation to other aspects to the area, gives context to the discussed problem and motivates the specialists to work and debate together.

Giving advice to smaller municipalities

 

From the experience of Van Helden and his team, the advice that they give to urban planners influences the plan initially, however, as they can only join the project for a short amount of time, the plans can develop in a different than the advised direction. As Van Helden mentions, keeping knowledge within the organization is difficult as some small municipalities have limited access to advisors with expertise in the Tygron software. He claims that best results are achieved when the Tygron Platform is incorporated in the planning process right at the beginning of the project. Changing spatial plans halfway usually results in high costs.

Looking into the future

In the interview, Van Helden mentions a number of possible applications of the Platform which might become more common in the near future. According to him, at the moment, little social data is used by the province while working with the Platform. The province has the access to basic social data such as the information about jobs and income of the area, it is however difficult to combine it with spatial planning. It is therefore not yet the focus while working with the software. Van Helden indicates however that it might be more incorporated in the future. Another possible application of the software which is exceptionally relevant in the light of the Omgevingswet (Environmental and Planning Act) is using the Platform as Digital System (DSO) which can inform the citizens about the spatial laws and help to communicates urban plans to them.

Related Post:

https://www.tygron.com/en/2018/07/17/provincie-utrecht-gebruikt-tygron-platform-voor-omgevingswet/

Climate adaptive design of the Amersfoort Station Area; How a Digital Twin can help.

It’s getting warmer and drier. Rain showers are getting shorter and heavier. It is a reason for the municipality of Amersfoort to take a good look at the design of the railway station area. The station area is centrally located in the city. A lot of people come here every day and it is an important part of the city’s economy and a central place for commuting between home and work.

The municipality would like to improve this important part of the city and make it climate adaptive. For this purpose, an area plan has been drawn up.

The area vision for the Station area in a Digital Twin For more information on the area vision, see: https://www.amersfoort.nl/project/aanpak-stationsgebied.htm

How effective is the vision that the municipality has for the area? How do we keep the station area of Amersfoort liveable during a heat wave? How can we keep the station of Amersfoort accessible during an extreme rain shower?

Workshop EU project SCOREwater

These questions were central to the workshop as part of the SCOREwater project. SCOREwater (www.scorewater.eu) is an H2020 project in which different stakeholders in three cities in Europe (Amersfoort, Barcelona and Gothenburg) work together to deploy and develop digital tools for making cities climate adaptive.

In the workshop, the municipality of Amersfoort, the Vallei and Veluwe Water Board looked together with Tygron into how big data, smart algorithms and a Digital Twin can help achieve better, integrated decision-making. The central topic was the climate-adaptive design of the Amersfoort railway station area, taking into account accessibility, quality of life and employment.

The climate-adaptive design of the station area should go hand in hand with important themes such as accessibility, quality of life and employment. And when different subjects come together, several departments of the municipality are involved. When different departments are involved, the complexity increases, because multiple goals, means and criteria come together in the same area.

In the workshop, we jointly worked out a number of objective criteria against which the future layout of the station area can be tested. This resulted in a number of quantitative objectives with regard to the future layout of the area, including:

  • In case of a T=100 storm, the station must remain accessible for passengers via a path of at least 10m in width. This sort of a rainfall can occur once every 100 years.
  • To reduce heat stress, the PET must drop 10 degrees Celsius. PET is a standardised representation of the degree of heat stress experienced by an average person.
  • The green/pavement ratio must be 50%

Analysis of climate adaptivity with digital twin.

The criteria for a climate adaptive design are built into the Tygron Platform. With the help of the platform a Digital Twin has been made of the station area. The software does this on the basis of geographical information about the terrain, buildings and land use. Here you can see a video of the Digital Twin of the Station Area.

Subsequently, a number of designs were tested to see whether they meet these criteria. In the Digital Twin, a T=100 shower was simulated. In the simulation of the course of the rainstorm, it can be seen that the water flows from the hill to the much lower station area and puddles arise there. For more information about the water module in Tygron, read here: https://www.tygron.com/nl/2020/02/12/the-water-module/ .

The heat stress module has been used to calculate the wind chill temperature on an extremely hot day, as happened a few times in the summer of 2019. For more information about the heat stress module in Tygron, read here: https://www.tygron.com/nl/2020/02/12/dpra-heat-module/ .

It is well visible how much shade and cooling is provided in the plan of the Station area by the trees. One of the key performance indicators is the “green indicator”. This shows the ratio of green and grey (paving). One of the objectives was to achieve 50%. The analysis with the digital twin shows that the new vision achieves this goal.

Groningen and Tauw together for a climate-proof municipality

The Municipality of Groningen has already carried out the stress tests as part of the Delta Programme Spatial Adaptation (DPRA) and asked Tauw for support for the next steps, namely risk dialogue and implementation.

Senior Climate Adaptation Advisor from Tauw, Monique de Groot explains how she approaches her work: “Our method is to first conduct a dialogue internally after the stress tests and determine with each other which situations are acceptable, undesirable or unacceptable. By doing so, we set the priorities and offer an action perspective at the same time”.

An acceptable situation does not require physical measures; information and communication are sufficient. An undesirable situation is not acute but requires action over time. That is the reason for why these areas are linked to long-term maintenance plans so that they can be climate-proofed relatively easily. Unacceptable situations require immediate intervention and short-term measures.

Guiding principles

Policymakers and administrators from all levels of the municipality, safety experts, the Municipal Health Service as well as the province and the water board, are involved in the internal dialogue. This way, situations are presented from different angles and the municipality comes up with a widely supported set of guiding principles.

Monique de Groot: “A few of these guiding principles are, for example, ‘in new buildings, no water nuisance may occur from the public space in the event of a 60mm storm’ or ‘on roads, no water may be left on the street in the event of a 60mm storm’. What these guiding principles mean in practice and which measures are most effective in this respect, we have worked out together with the municipality’s project leader in the Reitdiep zone”.

Flooding

The Reitdiepzone is an area under development that offers space for large-scale youth housing, social and free sector rentals for starters and properties for sale. With the Tygron Platform, the effects of this development on the occurrence of flooding in the area and the adjoining northern ring road have been mapped out. Subsequently, various cost and effectiveness

measures were calculated in the Tygron Platform, such as a water storage road, a bioswale, green roofs and raising ground levels.

The chosen measures are currently being further developed per subarea in specification drawings or are included in agreements with project developers.

Climate proof

By 2050, municipalities in the Netherlands must be climate-proof. A stress test must therefore be carried out by the end of 2019 and, following dialogue with stakeholders, an implementation programme must be drawn up by the end of 2020.

In the Delta Programme Spatial Adaptation (DPRA) standards have been drawn up for carrying out these stress tests. The municipalities themselves determine which consequences of climate change are acceptable for their areas.

The vision of the municipality of The Hague

The Tygron Platform makes it possible for the initiator, stakeholders and competent authority to, with a single click on the map, gain insight into what can and cannot be done at a certain location and what rules apply.

All relevant information comes from public sources (e.g. PDKO) or can be added by a consultancy firm or the experts from a municipality itself. All this data automatically feeds models for traffic, environment, noise and external safety and is linked to Tygron’s Geodesign Platform.

The effects of initiatives in the physical living environment are thus weighed integrally and the result of an initiative is presented to the stakeholders in an accessible way.

Important information about the living environment and the changes that are implemented in it are immediately visible in a realistic 3D world. Because the data in the model is reliable and easily available, the model helps in good and fast decision making.

Case study The Hague

The municipality of The Hague works a lot with the Tygron Platform. In order to make the municipalities long-term goals clear, the municipality of The Hague made this video.

The Economic Value of Natural Capital

Nature is not only essential for the welfare of humans and animals, it also represents great economic value. We are therefore working on a new measure of the value of so-called natural capital.

Project: Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services in Tygron

Customer: RIVM

The natural capital consists of services and supplies provided by nature. Think of food production or cooling in the city. Natural capital contributes to people’s well-being and prosperity. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has calculation models that make the improvement of health measurable in terms of years of life and money. These are available in the Atlas Natural Capital.

Particulate matter and heat stress

RIVM and Tygron have worked together to provide dynamic insight into these calculation models in the Tygron Platform. For example, the capture of PM10 (particulate matters) and the direct effect on health were implemented, as well as heat stress and building values. Together with RIVM, Tygron developed a 3D demo in which the impact of designs on ecosystem services becomes clear, and what results are for the environment.

Greenery or pavement

The demo uses data from the Atlas Natural Capital. It shows the possibilities to let green contribute to a more pleasant living environment and health. What works well and how can you asses that? What are the consequences if you place shrubs instead of pavement? What does a widening of a road do with the amount of particulate matters and noise pollution? The 3D demo makes this clear in an interactive way based on a case study around the Merwedekanaal in Utrecht.

Ton de Nijs of RIVM on the project: “We wanted to test how natural capital and ecosystem services could be elaborated in Tygron. The final demo showed very nicely how this can indeed be included in these kinds of tools”.

Atlas Natural Capital

Currently, the value of natural capital on prosperity is not yet taken into account in government and business decisions, in spatial planning or in the design of production chains. That is why a new measure of the value of natural capital is being developed. The Atlas Natural Capital helps with this. The Atlas contains a lot of information about the contributions of our natural system, ecosystems and the services they provide to us, such as food production or cooling in the city.

Tygron EDU-event, April 9th, 2020: Share and Inspire

On the 9th of April 2020 we hosted the annual Tygron Edu-Event. It was an online event this year and it went very well, so big smiles in our editorial room.

 

 

The EDU Event is Tygron’s longest running event thanks to our strong and active community. Educational institutions like to share their experiences of working with the Tygron Platform and learn from each other. More schools are starting to integrate our software in the curriculum and the need for workable examples has grown exponentially.

Program:

00:10:00 Welcome and introduction by Tygron (Hedi van Dijk)

10:48 Maxim Knepflé, Godelief Abilakh Missier, GIS-specialist: GIS and Geodesign: Importing REVIT models, Using ESRI and QGis, WFS connection, Q&A

00:34:25  Mendel Giezen of the University of Amsterdam explains how he integrated the Tygron Platform in the course Climate Proof Development of Cities and Strategic Planning in 2019. How did he do it and what are his findings? There is room for live questions.

1:10:05  Henk van Hardeveld, Waternet talks about his experiences with guiding students, about his own PhD research in which Tygron played an important role and about the added value of Tygron for the water field

1:32:30  Karin Wilterdink, Aeres hogeschool: Using Tygron in online teaching methods.

1 :47:35 Q&A, Round up by Tygron with room for online interaction. Share your thoughts and feelings and ideas for the future.

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  • Q & A’s will follow soon

Student use case: Leiden University students for a greener Hoefkade

The Hoefkade neighbourhood in the Hague, like many urban areas in the times of climate change is facing the problem of overheating and flooding. On behalf of the Municipality of the Hague, students of Leiden University have used the Tygron Platform to investigate how the incorporation of greenery and climate adaptation measures could decrease the heat and flooding of the neighbourhood.

Students: Annemiek de Looze, Veerle Cannemeijer, Jos van der Sterre, Max van Beek Study: Area Studies in the Netherlands- Minor Sustainable Development CML Leiden University Commissioned by the Municipality of the Hague

Since the past few years, urban areas are increasingly faced with the consequences of global warming. To fight the negative results of a changing climate, municipalities are constantly on a look out for innovative solutions for improving the liveability of urban areas. One of such areas is the Hoefkade in the Hague which has suffered from heat stress in the summer months and flooding after severe rainfall. To find a solution to these problems, the Municipality of the Hague has asked students of Leiden University who are members of ECOnsultancy to help them with redeveloping of the area. In their project, the students investigated how the incorporation of greenery and climate adaptation measures could decrease the heat and flooding of Hoefkade.

In order to do that, the students developed five different scenarios: the current situation, the all green scenario, the current redevelopment plan and two greener alternatives. For all of these scenarios, the group has used the Tygron Geodesign Platform in order to test the effects that the incorporation of greenery would have on flooding and heat. In the performed tests of the scenarios, the students used
the heat stress overlay and the water overlay integrated into the Platform. In order to measure how the situation has changed in the played scenarios a number of indicators such a modified version of the heat stress indicator, water indicator and the parking space indicator were used.

“It’s is really nice to see how Tygron makes a conceptual thing like a scenario a lot more concrete, making it come alive in front of the students.”

Dr. Benjamin Sprecher – Leiden University

The tests performed in the Tygron software the students were able to conclude that the current plans for the Hoefkade will already prove to be effective and will reduce the heat up to 5,2oC. By simulating the green scenarios, they found out that adding even more greenery will only reduce the heat with an extra 0,10C. The tests with the Tygron Platform have shown that out of all green measures, trees are the most effective in reducing the temperature. While greenery proved to be the perfect solution in decreasing heat, it did not sufficiently reduce the problem of flooding. The tests in the Platform helped the students to find out that an effective solution for flooding could be water storage tanks and permeable bricks.

 

Tygron Geodesign Platform. Simulation of the water levels after two hours of rain for scenario 0.

Complimentary to the tests conducted with the help of the Tygron Platform, the group has conducted a number of interviews with the local employees and residents of Hoefkade. One of the biggest concerns of the locals was the insufficient greenery in the area. Most interviewees agreed that adding green to the area would increase the liveability of the neighbourhood and help with the problem of high temperatures in the summer months. Among the solutions suggested most frequently by the citizens were the façade gardens, green roofs and flower baskets hanging from lanterns.

“Tygron really brought our project to life. It was very interesting to be able to directly see the consequences of our ideas in the program. With Tygron we were able to make very concrete scenarios and that gave our project a lot of added value. We therefore hope that the municipality can do something with our findings to make the Hoefkade a bit more beautiful and sustainable.”

Annemiek de Looze & Veerle Cannemeijer – the authors of the project

By creating various redevelopment scenarios for the area and testing them with the help of the Tygron Platform, the students were able to make a number of possible solutions to the Municipality. Based on scientific literature and interviews with the locals, they have come up with recommendations for the Municipality which are aligned with the needs and wishes of the Hoefkade community.

“The work done by the students is not so much of importance to the Hoefkade as to the whole of The Hague. The result that the students have shown for the Hoefkade is a starting point for something that goes much further than just a street.”

Harko Pilot – Gemeente Den Haag

Tygron joins the Esri Partner Network as Silver Partner

For the original version of the press release (in Dutch), see: https://www.esri.nl/nl-nl/nieuws/2020/tygron-partner

The Dutch Esri Partner Network is expanding with Tygron as Silver Partner. The collaboration between Tygron and Esri Nederland facilitates governments, engineers, planners and designers in straightforward cooperation and inproviding better solutions to complex spatial tasks.

The impact on space is an increasing concern. Residential construction, climate adaptation and the energy transition require space, while regulations impose great demands on the solutions. Complex tasks such as these require knowledge, the ability to experiment with solutions and to continuously outline the effects of the plans. The collaboration between Tygron and Esri Nederland provides for this.

Tygron & Esri Nederland
The valuable spatial information is managed by GIS departments in ArcGIS. Esri Nederland, as market leader in the field of geographic information systems, uses ArcGIS to ensurethat analysis and visualization features are available. The Tygron Geodesign Platform integrates extreme computing power with validated computing models. The Platform is widely used by governments, engineers and designers in the search for solutions for housing, quality of life, climate adaptation and the energy transition.

The collaborations added value
GIS information is often hard to get hold of for policy officers, designers and engineers working on solutions to the spatial issues.

Tygron and Esri Nederland provide an automated process, in which data can be used directly from ArcGIS in order to test plans integrally and compute them for themes such as housing, traffic, noise, particulates, energy, climate and the economy. As a result, scenarios can be calculated extremely quickly and powerfully, shortening turnaround times and saving costs.


From the Esri StartUp Program to Esri Partner

“All our clients are Esri users. By integrating ArcGIS with the Tygron Platform, our clients can work in their familiar GIS environment and directly build computing models in Tygron”, says Florian Witsenburg, CEO at Tygron. “Esri is a large international company, yet for us as a Dutch scale-up, highlyaccessible. We receive great support from Esri Nederland, first in the Esri Startup Program and currently as a partner. We are very proud to be an official Esri Partner as well.”

The right logical step for Tygron
“Tygron has been using basic maps in ArcGIS to build 3D worlds for some time now. This step towards the integration of our platforms is a new and logical step in the collaboration. We smoothly complement each other while using each other’s strengths: Tygron’s superfast computing power and models and the possibilities for visualization and analysis in ArcGIS,” says Jort Engels, partner manager at Esri Nederland.

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See some features that are based on Tygron and Esri technology below:

 

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WMS
Establish a live interaction of calculation results (overlays) between the Tygron Platform and ArcGIS Pro.
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Drag and Drop Geo: Import detailed 3D models, including textures, directly into the Tygron Platform.[/playne_column]

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Import Sketch-up models
Easily import a Sketch-up model into your project, e.g. from a database such as 3D warehouse, using ArcGIS Pro or FME.
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Tygron presents colliding stars in Noordwijk

Colliding stars in Noordwijk

Colliding stars? Has the ESTEC center in Noordwijk observed something special in the universe or has a difference of opinion arisen among Dutch celebrities in the area?

None of this. Council members of Noordwijk have something else in mind when they talk about stars: the 2030 Noordwijk Environmental Vision.

Noordwijk is ahead of many municipalities as it has already set up a vision regarding the Environmental Act.

Seven stars have been defined in this vision representing Noordwijk. To find out how this vision can be applied in practice, council members, civil servants and a number of citizens/partners of the city participated in the workshop ‘Impact tests’.

These are the 7 stars:

  • Energetic society
  • Fabulous sports opportunities
  • Attractive and rustic village centres
  • Appealing surroundings
  • Opulent nature
  • Versatile economy and tourism
  • Excellent accessibility

Why an impact test?

In an impact test for the Environmental Act, topics from the Environmental vision or an Environmental plan are reviewed against real cases. The purpose is to test whether the intended vision effectively works as soon as the Environmental Act has taken effect. So this is actually some sort of simulation. There is no fixed format for an impact test; the vision may for example be tested in a role play or in a debate.

The city of Noordwijk asked Tygron to look after all the specific aspects and the effects of the impact-test workshop.

Real time

A real case was reviewed against seven stars in the ‘Impact-Test Workshop’.

Tygron distilled a review model from the Environmental Vision so as to review three scenarios for a re-development location in Noordwijk against four indicators/topics (must comply with the housing vision, noise levels, spatial quality and amount of traffic.

During the evening, the effect of a scenario on the indicators in respect of the original situation was calculated in real time. These indicators are related to one or several stars. Eventually, the score for 7 stars could be visualized in a clearly organized table.

One of the illustrative scenarios in the use case

Interactive discussion

With the Tygron Platform, participants were able to set up a clear and unambiguous picture of what happened during the execution of a certain scenario. The model has been built from key data (such as key administrations and the Actual Elevation Model for the Netherlands) and enhanced with the municipality’s own data (such as the traffic model for Noordwijk).

The 3D image made immediately clear to the participants what the urban development plan was going to look like and the impact such a plan may have on the environment. An interactive and vibrant discussion developed from this. And the participants felt like they had landed in 2021, the year when the Environmental Act takes effect, because an integrated consideration of the physical surroundings can be made based on digital instruments and centrally opened-up data.

Success

Of course there was a plethora of different opinions and a lively discussion kicked off: about the mutual relationship among the stars, the testing method, the impact of a scenario on the stars, the use of digital tools and so on.

All in all a successful workshop!

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