Modelling & Simulation at the District Level | RA 4

Research Area Leads

Minna Karstunen – Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers

Tara Wood – NCC

Main Objective

To forecast future behaviour of the built environment (i.e buildings, roads & streets, railways, energy networks, utilities, tunnels and bridges) and assess the current state, on the project/district level by combining advanced physics-based models, data-assimilation and district level simulations. 

The mission of RA4 is to develop modelling and simulation tools that enable us to assess the impact of old infrastructure to new and vice versa and forecast the future performance in changing environment and use. We are looking at a scale of large projects, such as large infrastructure projects and whole new areas to be built next to existing ​infrastructure and buildings. The models and tools should be so powerful that they enable inverse analyses and data assimilation, thus allowing to use time-resolved monitoring data for feedback and model enhancement. This often requires 4D modelling, i.e. spatially 3D including the dimension of time.  One often forgotten dimension that we need to account for is what is underground, so that we can integrate the effects of the underground (geological and human history of geological deposits and existing infrastructure) with what we want to design and construct now, so that the sub-soil and structures can interact in a safe and sustainable manner.


GeolayerModel Johanneberg, styrkekområde Samhällsbyggnad. Kontaktperson; Nina Ryd