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We support the digital transformation of the water sector: from autonomous data collection to the analysis and refinement of large amounts of data (Big Data), the development of assisting, automated or autonomous control systems to cyber security and knowledge transfer through the use of digital media such as augmented reality.

Beyond the usage of common geographic information systems (GIS) and programming (Python), we use new artificial intelligence analysis methods such as neural networks and deep learning. Typical use cases are the systematic evaluation of large amounts of data, the generation of new information, recognition of patterns and correlations, statistical prediction models, image recognition as well as remote sensing.

In the context of modeling, the team deals with hydrologic, hydrodynamic, and hydrochemical modeling to investigate different flooding and drought scenarios and water quality developments in order to develop measures. Within the scope of our current R&D projects, we use different surface water models, water balance models, water quality models, and damage potential models.

For science communication and target group-specific knowledge transfer, we use media such as virtual and augmented reality as well as 3D printing and WebGIS.

The German IT Security Act and the Kritis-Ordinance make it a legal requirement to protect critical infrastructure in various sectors, including water supply and wastewater treatment. The legal obligation to comply with the state of the art affects operators with a number of connected population equivalents of more than 500,000 inhabitants. Since security against failures caused by cyberattacks is also essential for small to medium-sized operators and their customers, FiW is working with partners on an inventory of the state of IT security for these operators and identifying the need for action to establish a secure IT infrastructure.



Pollution load based sewer management in Cologne

ENTfrachtEN – Development of an integral process measuring and control technology concept for pollution load based real-time control of wastewater discharge with the aim of surface water relief.

Cologne boundary canal

Hydrodynamic calculations of the Cologne boundary channel

Combined modeling in the area of Cologne


mobileVIEW – the mobile measuring station

Use of sensor data from moving vehicles to record precipitation information as part of the digitisation strategy in water management

RAIN | Ghana

RAIN – Climate adaptation in Ghana

Sustainable technologies and services for climate change adaptation in flood and drought-prone settlements in Ghana

Maturity model 4.0 | Wastewater

Maturity Model Wastewater disposal 4.0

From the maturity model to the digitalisation roadmap


RiverView® – Water status-related monitoring and management

Going to the bottom of the water



High-precision measurement technology for standing and flowing waters



Wasserwirtschaftliche Ermittlungen und Anwendung von digitalen Versiegelungsdaten aus amtlichen Liegenschafts­katasterdaten  – Phase I & II