Many cities around the world are facing considerable pressure to
cope with urban development, sustaining economic growth and
providing basic living conditions. Urban infrastructure is aging
and uncontrolled urbanization leads to considerable pressure on
economic resources. Hence there is a need for new approaches in
developing urban water systems.
In this thesis, urban development is considered a complex
non-linear dynamical system. Agent-based approaches are combined
with physics-based hydraulic models of water networks in a
Geographical Information System (GIS) framework. The result is a
new approach to urban water infrastructure planning that can help
water companies and municipalities to improve the design of water
distribution and drainage networks.