Concept and objectives
 
 
The objective is to develop the concept and prototype of the system which meet the following requirements:

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"3+1 D" transparency – the relationships between vulnerabilities, hazards and stakeholders must be transparent both in space and in time (i.e. at each critical location and in different time steps of the possible scenarios, the "3+1 D" feature)

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"inherent risk intelligence" – the system must have both interactive and automatic possibilities for early recognition of emerging risks and critical relationships among the layers of:
 
  • Hazards (e.g. flooding, hazardous materials, energy storage facilities, etc.);
  • Vulnerabilities (e.g. other infrastructures, people, nature protection areas, etc.); and
  • Stakeholders (e.g. relevant bodies, authorities, general public, communities, etc.)
during the dynamic development of the scenarios (i.e. an intelligent, e.g. web-semantics or agent-based, management of ALL types of information relevant for energy system)

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forecasting/prediction/what-if/projection capability – i.e. the system must be able to project and treat in parallel different possible "futures" of the energy infrastructure/system, analyze in parallel different scenarios and propose the respective optimization options.

Hence, only an intelligent, "3+1 D", interactive web-based GIS system could meet the above requirements and such a system should be a complement to the geographic information systems (GIS) already in use in the energy system in Germany (e.g. the systems used for asset management, networks/grids, production, supply or supply/marketing risks).